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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Sewing Checks – A Magic Pat-Trick!

While I’m still on the topic of sewing checks or plaids, let me show you this little trick for sewing seams together so that they match perfectly! I was shown this by one of the sample machinists (Pat) at my first job in the clothing industry, where I was a “design room assistant”, that is […]

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Pretty Piping

I’m a big fan of using piping as a trim on garments, and my current favourite place is to sew it into the waistline of a dress: piping at the waistline of my Aurora Dress Piping at the waistline of my 1950’s Red Spot Dress Gail asked if I had done a tutorial on this, […]

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~tricks of the trade: all-in-one facings~

While I was making my grey tweed dress, I thought I’d also make a tutorial on how to sew an all-in-one neck and armhole facing.  I have noticed a few facing-phobic sewers out there in blogland – so hopefully this will help someone! I am a big fan of facings – if they are well designed and correctly sewn they give […]

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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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