Shirring is really gathered fabric in a contained boundary – that is, multiple lines of gathering in one piece of fabric. When gathering fabric in parallel lines, the effect is more contained — corralled into one area of a whole sewn piece. When you let it loose above and below the gathering stitch – then… Read More Shirring Tech
Hi friends! I completed this long forgotten set of napkins with white lace edgings. Cream, ecru, beige laces would not work for the dainty blue and white print. Thus the mismatched set of edgings because this is all the white laces I had in the stash. Don’t know about you, but I never came across… Read More Voile Napkins, a Reuse and Recycle Project: Cleansing the Sewing Palate
Summer is for sewing fun prints. How I added side flare to this tank and finished the side slits on a double layered garment.… Read More A Fun Print for Summer Sewing
Hi friends, I’m going to share some ugly truths behind my careless execution of a knit neckline, and an idea for a cover up of said faulty execution. The moral: you don’t always have to rip your seams for a sewing error; cover it up. Fabric: Gorgeous navy/white striped knit from Sew Much Fabric .… Read More Glam Cover Up for a Neckline Mess Up
…or your stretched out arm, or your foot, or some other body part. Some of us know the old outstretched-arm-from-fingertip-to-nose=one-yard trick. Right? But this is about smaller measurements. Read on… Hand mapping should be a thing. I grew up watching my adults use their hands to measure things; clothing, fabric or anything they wanted to… Read More The Hand as Measuring Device
It’s what I call a buttonhole stitch because it’s configuration is what you would use if you were making a handmade buttonhole (not to be confused with a machine-made buttonhole). If your machine has an array of decorative stitches (not to be confused with utility stitches), this one is bound to be part of it.… Read More Secret in Stitch #26
Comforting a cancer patient is hard during the time of Shelter-in-Place and Social-Distancing orders. Especially when the patient is a cousin with whom one grew up with – who is almost a sister. What could I do for her besides make infrequent calls? Infrequent, because chemotherapy effects can make one weak and disinclined to talk… Read More Caftan (or Kaftan)
Hi friends! This is going to be a quick tip, or trick or whatever you want to call it. I call it a NOWEK (see title) idea. It can be in the sustainability category, a quick sew category, or both. Go here for another NOWEK idea ….. Here goes: While making a pair of loosey… Read More Pre-made Collection of Elastic Waistbands. NOWEK (No One Will Ever Know) Idea.
Balenciaga’s way: In the book Couture Sewing, there’s a section on “stays”, with details on under-bust stays, pleat stays, waistline stays, and even crotch stays (yes, there is such a thing in haute couture). This particular Balenciaga dress, circa 1965 actually uses a stay on each back armhole area in a capped sleeve to control… Read More “Stay”ing the Armhole: Tip From the Haute Couture
It tends to be subjective. The answer depends on who you ask and what you read. Just how many ways are there to actually put the shirt neckline and the collar/collarband combo together? I counted four. I’m breaking it down in this post with the assumption that the collar and collar-band have already been sewn… Read More What’s the Best Way to Attach Shirt Collar/Band Unit to the Neckline?