Helter Skelter Dress

My latest creation is another simple shift dress to wear to work, this time with a slight cut-away shoulder. I love all the exposed shoulders around lately, and it’s a wonder I don’t already have any dresses of this style. It has been so hot and sticky lately that I decided I needed one right […]

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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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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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Cutting Checks or Plaids – Part 2

Once I’ve planned where my checks are going to match, it’s time to start cutting! Lay the pieces right sides together, taking particular care that the checks are square, and not skewed – ie they are perfectly parallel and perpendicular to each other like they were designed to be.  Position the pattern piece in place […]

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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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