A Little Bit (OK, A LOT!) About Single Jersey

Single jersey is the most common knit fabric, and it’s used in many garments from the classic cotton T-shirt, to slinky knit tops or dresses. As it is the recommended fabric for both the Galaxy T-shirt and the Isosceles T-shirt sewing patterns, I thought thought I would go over a few interesting things that might […]

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5 Sewing Tips for January

5 Sewing Tips for January : from the archives of Pattern Scissors Cloth

One of my goals is to learn at least one new thing every day. Once you get to a certain level in anything, it is easy to keep plodding along not learning anything new – and I don’t want that to happen to me. The ‘new thing’ doesn’t have to be a big thing, sometimes […]

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Pre-washing Fabric: Is it Really Necessary?


One of the first rules in sewing is to pre-wash your fabric before you cut it out, so that any fabric shrinkage is taken care of before the garment is made. Who wants to spend hours sewing a new garment, wear it once, then find out after the first wash that it has shrunk beyond wearable? […]

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All Tied Up Blouse

I sewed this tie-neck blouse back in April and it has finally made it onto the blog. I have been wearing it all winter – so it’s a goodie! The pattern is the same as my other tie-neck blouse I made last year, bar a couple of minor tweaks. I raised the neck split a bit to make it […]

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Helter Skelter Dress

My latest creation is another simple shift dress to wear to work, this time with a slight cut-away shoulder. I love all the exposed shoulders around lately, and it’s a wonder I don’t already have any dresses of this style. It has been so hot and sticky lately that I decided I needed one right […]

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