If you’re unaware, I sew one muslin a year as a pattern tester for Threads magazine, I follow their general guidelines on the details, style lines and size to include in the muslin —they have standards. Other than that, I am not a muslin maker for myself. I mean, I don’t buy muslin fabric to… Read More A Rare Muslin (aka Toile): What I Include and Ignore
Have you wondered how horizontal lines in dress bodices in highly expensive garments at the bust or above bust level are so straight on a curvy body? It’s never this smooth and straight in stuff you’ve made for yourself. I hereby reveal to you that the unblemished straight seam is achieved with dart manipulation, even… Read More What Dart Trickery is This?
I had a treatise planned to upload today – a dig into palazzo pants, the origin of the name and all that. The extra wide legged Mirage pants prompted me to look into “palazzo” pants. Instead, I thought this buttoned waistband version of the tied wrap pants (Mirage Pants by CamiMade Patterns) would be worth… Read More Wrap Pants Waistband “Hack”
There really is a formula, and it fulfills all the pocket sewing nerdiness you would expect from the Sew Everything Blog. Did you think sewing on patch pockets is the easiest sewing task ever? You’re right. However, there are details to consider when applying one. I bet you didn’t know that there’s an entire book… Read More Patch Pocket Placement: Yep, There’s a Formula.
About McCall’s Pattern 7470…. I found that the sleeved and sleeveless versions therein have the same front and back printed sections – and can be a conundrum depending on how picky you are about fit. You see, the armhole in a sleeveless garment MUST be close to the body, but sleeved versions need that extra ease;… Read More Sleeveless Armhole Neatness
By the way, how do you determine the placement of your elastic (or non-elastic) waistband? Or, do you sew the waistband where the pattern tells you to, and they fit perfectly? In that case, I’m really happy for you. This is how I do it. I didn’t invent this method, but read about it in… Read More Cool Sewing Trick: Waistband Installation in the Right Place
This leaflet was produced and distributed in 1934 by the much revered, 200 plus year old thread manufacturer, Coats and Clark. You can read all about their history on their website. In the 1930s they published a series of leaflets called “Smart Cuts to Sewing”, and I have seven of them, purchased from a long forgotten… Read More Cut Your Corners: #Sewing a Slip From 81 Year Old Instructions.
To all my sewing buddies: HAPPY SEWING MONTH! It takes all my energy to keep from sharing a sewing tip as soon as I discover it or after a light bulb moment. Here are two tips I want to share with you. Just two because I need to share right away, and importantly, it makes… Read More September Sewing Tips
Easing fabric, in sewing vernacular, really means making one edge of fabric sew up evenly to a corresponding edge which happens to be a different length than the first one. For example, how would anyone sew a 10” fabric edge to an 11” edge without ending up with extra fabric at the end of the… Read More 2 Sewing Tips: Easing Edition