Tricks of the Trade: A Handworked Thread Loop

For the closure on my emerald silk georgette blouse I hand worked a thread button loop: Handworked thread loops have a nice discreet, lightweight finish and are great for delicate fabrics and areas where there is little stress placed on the closure.  They can also be worked in a straight line to form an eye […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #6 – Cutting the Blocks and Lining

Now that you’ve fused all those blocks, let’s cut them out!  This is one of my favourite parts of cutting (which is my least favourite part of sewing, so I try to find joy in it wherever I can!) because those exciting parts like fronts and collars are finally revealed, and you can really begin […]

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Kimono Sleeve Gussets

Sleeve gussets are often seen in garments and sewing patterns from the 50’s era, where kimono sleeves gave the then-desired sloping shoulder line.  A problem with kimono sleeves – where the sleeve is cut in one with the bodice – is that as the fit becomes closer, the range of movement of the arm becomes […]

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More on rouleau loops, and some loopy inspiration…

Some rouleau loop ideas, from the depths of my wardrobe….. some flat loops of silk inserted into a double folded CB edge… A keyhole opening with a single button and loop, on a camisole back… a skirt waistline, bound and finished with a button and loop… and it’s reverse…(hopefully this answers your question Myrna!) A […]

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~tricks of the trade: a shift dress lining pattern

How often do you buy a dress pattern, vintage or modern, and wish it had a lining?  I love to line my dresses – they sit more smoothly on the body and the fabric holds its shape better, plus it just looks and feels nice from the inside! My sixties shift dress that I sewed […]

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