Planning Pattern Placement

How do you decide where the design of your printed fabric is placed on the garment you are making?  It pays to spend time planning exactly where the dots, lines and stripes are going to lie when cutting out, to avoid any unwanted surprises when sewing up. Many prints are straightforward, but others like this […]

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Check Mated!

I was cutting checks today, and nearly missed this little flaw running through the middle of the fabric – can you spot it? No?  Let’s zoom in a little closer: See that horizontal blue stripe in the middle?  It’s half missing! This was the only faulty stripe in the 3m length that I had, and […]

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Grainline vs. Printline

I’m sewing with this charming spot fabric in the fabulous shade of, ahem, Tangerine Tango this week.  It is a printed cotton voile from Global Fabrics*, and I thought it was an ideal opportunity to demonstrate another thingamajig. I have levelled the horizontal grain across the piece by cutting along a weft thread, and because […]

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~tricks of the trade: french seam a dart~

How to french seam darts, a technique for sheer fabrics

After making my emerald shift dress I found I was left with about 70cm of fabric, so I thought while the sewing machine is still threaded up with green thread, I would put this remainder to good use by making a camisole top – the #101 top from Burda 12/2006 to be exact! This style features an empire line seam with bust darts, […]

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