Getting all Couture-y – A Hand-Rolled Hem

There are lots of options for finishing the free edge of a flounce, but not all of them I like.  Sometimes the inside needs to look as neat as the outside.  For my current project, OK – one of my current projects, the one in emerald silk georgette, I’m getting all couture-y and sewing a […]

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Finished – City Cargoes!

During the RTW Tailoring Sewalong I started suffering from “jacketitis”, and the only cure for this is to make something completely random and unplanned, so I whipped up these trousers from stash.  “Whip up” being a bit of a lie, as they had six pockets – two of them requiring unpicking precision stitching! Plus the fit […]

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The Totally Unnecessary Cocktail Dress – Finished!

What started as a cute-dress-to-whip-up-quickly-on-a-whim-out-of-stash, turned into a time-consuming-extravaganza-of-couture-construction!  But it’s worth it don’t you think, just to have this in your wardrobe? Even if you have absolutely no proper occasion to wear it – lol! I’m really pleased with the outcome – no toile, a complex fitted bodice – and it fits perfectly!  (As […]

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Progress Report: The Totally Unnecessary Cocktail Dress

Progress continues on my burgundy satin dress – #125 from Burda 11/2006… Lost in Translation: “Work from the inside to baste support strips to lower edges of sleeves so that the edge lies even with the hem allowances.  Overlap ends of support strips.  Neaten hem allowances, catching outer edge of support strips.  Sew inside edges […]

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Kimono Sleeve Gussets

Sleeve gussets are often seen in garments and sewing patterns from the 50’s era, where kimono sleeves gave the then-desired sloping shoulder line.  A problem with kimono sleeves – where the sleeve is cut in one with the bodice – is that as the fit becomes closer, the range of movement of the arm becomes […]

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