Howdy! I was hoping to finish and actually model this kurta in this post, but did not happen. I should give up trying to hasten completion of garments. However, here is another newborn-baby step. I have hereby bound the neckline. Yay. The silk charmeuse bias strips are not hard to work with at all, lest… Read More All-in-One Neck Binding and Ties.
… I might say newborn-baby steps since all I did since the last post was finish the straight slit I had cut out at the kurta neck, wanting to add straight and uninterrupted piping to the cut edges. Uninterrupted, you ask? How did she get the pointy bottom, you ask. it sure looks like two… Read More The Front Slit: Making Sewing Progress With Baby Steps
Hi, all! Hope you’re doing well. A memory came back from, oh, 20-25 years ago. How to finish this kind of multi-thread, multi-cord woven braid so that it seems to disappear neatly in the middle of the fabric. Turning it under would of course create an unsightly bulk due to multiple levels of braid components.… Read More Magical Braid Application?
Sounds like a spy novel but I’m proud of myself for using that phrase here because it is so apt! You may have all the gadgets and notions designed for certain sewing tasks, or you may not. If not, amble into your kitchen and…. we’ll, read on. Chopping board : In the kitchen I used… Read More Secret Lives of Kitchen Tools
There. The title of this post is saying all I need to say. But you know me. I have more words to write. Header photo credit: Valentino, Fall 2021. Vogue Runway website. Remember the formula for patch pocket placement on a top or jacket – the one I wrote sometime in the before times? That… Read More One or Two inches down from Waist: Side seam pocket placement formula
If your sewing machine brand offers a variety of specialty presser feet, try and find a button sewing foot. Fair warning: it’s not a necessary accessory to have but it is fun to use and yes, for the hand-sewing haters it’s useful. Fair, fair warning: someone has come up with a trick (hack?) to sew… Read More Sew On a Button By Machine: Bernina Foot #18
Happy Holidays to all! Here’s my tiny Christmas tree — I know it’s lacking in a topper but it makes me happy. The topper issue will be addressed in 2021. The Street Urchin Look (below): You can call it “primitively patched”, crappy mending or whatever, but I’m dubbing it the “street urchin” style of mending;… Read More Mending: The Street Urchin Approach
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”
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
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