Tricks of the Trade: Sculpting the Perfect Scallop

Let me show you how I did the scallops on my Scallop Skirt – this way is quicker, easier, and gets better results than the methods I’ve seen in sewing books. First of all you cut a straight hem, not a scalloped one!  Cut your hem and hem facing about 1cm longer than the finished […]

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The Scallop Skirt

I’ve been wanting a scalloped hem skirt for ages but never had the ‘right’ fabric – until I rummaged through the stash the other day and found a metre or so of some grey marl mystery fabric that I thought would be ideal. It is quite scratchy though, I fear it is some sort of polyester-made-to-look-like-but-definitely-not-feel-like-wool. […]

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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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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #15 – Bagging out the Hem

Just a few more easy steps and my Anzac coat will soon be finished! Normally I would leave the lining hem free in a coat, but for demonstration purposes I’ll show you how to bag it out – that is, where all edges are enclosed. Your facing at the hem should look something like this […]

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