5 Sewing Tips for January

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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Add Side Seam Splits To Your Trousers Too!

The other day I was asked how I did the side split hem on my black stretch capris, and as quite a few of you liked this design feature I’ve done a quick tutorial.  This is for you Liza Jane!  It is a handy trick to know, because you can also use it on the hems of […]

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Tricks of the Trade – How to Hem an Inverted Pleat

The front pleat on my 1969 Burda Dress is an inverted pleat – where two folds turn towards each other to meet on the outside.  These can be folded from a single Front panel, or as in my case, made from separate R and L Fronts and an extra centre panel that forms the back […]

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Tangerine Tango Top

I finished this little button-back shell this week: You might recognise the orange spot fabric from this post! It’s in that “new” shade of “Tangerine Tango” that according to Pantone is going to be in fashion next year…but quite frankly I thought it was in fashion last year.  Well all the chain stores were full of it […]

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The Ruby Slip #5 – Sewing the Bias Skirt

Let’s start sewing the bias skirt pieces together!  I’ll show you how I do this – along with a few tips and some troubleshooting. Assembling the Bias Skirt: With right sides facing, sew the skirt side seams from the hem up, matching all notches:   I recommend using the flatbed of your machine to do […]

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