5 Sewing Tips for December

Last month I mentioned how handy it was to chalk the wrong side of your fabric when cutting, to easily identify the right and wrong sides. Well this month I rediscovered this photo, where I have gone a step further and nicked the corners to help identify the ‘top’ of a pile fabric: In this case it […]

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Bell Sleeve Peacock Print Shift Dress

You guys might recognise this flamboyant purple peacock feather print – it is the one featured in the article I wrote a while ago on pattern placement – yes, I’ve finally cut it out and sewn it up into a 70’s style dress! Last year I made a black dress (oops – unblogged!) in a similar style, and […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #13 – Inside the Sleeve Head

On its own the sleeve head can look a bit limp and in need of reinforcement – that’s where a shoulder pad and some sleeve head wadding come into play! Shoulder pads prevent the front and back shoulder area collapsing near the armhole as the shoulder starts to round off.  They needn’t be large – […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #12 – Setting in the Sleeve

Today I set in my sleeves, but first I’ll show you how to finish off the collar – I ran out of light last night so couldn’t photograph anything! Turn back the facings and you’ll see the neckline seams adjacent to each other: We’re going to stitch them together – match the raw edges of […]

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The Anatomy of a Tailored Jacket

I’ve used this tech drawing of Burdastyle 119 from January 2010 issue, a classic tailored jacket with menswear styling that is now available here, to illustrate a few key terms I’ll be using in the upcoming RTW Tailoring Sewalong. And this is just the outside… In between going crazy writing, and rewriting, posts for the sewalong, I found […]

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