HOW TO POSITION BUTTONS AND BUTTONHOLES

Buttons, buttons, buttons…where do we start? Those round, square and misshaped creatures can sometimes cause us a bit of a headache and some confusion as to where they have to be placed in order to achieve a balanced look to your garment. Read more

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HOW TO APPLY A SEW-IN INTERFACING

Interfacing is an additional layer that is used in certain areas of a garment to add some level of firmness and stability, structure and support. Interfacing uses are wide and varied. It can be used to support areas such as cuffs, collars, facings, waistbands and pockets.

From my experience, the most commonly used interfacing is the fusible one, but I would like to focus on the sew-in interfacing and tell you why it is my favourite. Read more

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HOW TO SEW FACING TO AN INVISIBLE ZIP

After mastering our invisible zip tutorial you may have thought “How do I now finish a seam where the invisible zip has been inserted?”

There are several options available including piping, lining and facing, depending on what kind of garment you are making and what look you would like to achieve. But, this week we will concentrate on one particular technique. You have probably guessed by now which one exactly… the article title is a dead giveaway! Read more

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HOW TO SEW A SLEEVE PLACKET

A sleeve placket might be a bit of a mystery at first glance and may leave some us of slightly puzzled as to how it all comes together – probably due to the fear of the unknown rather than the complexity of it.

There are many ways that a sleeve placket can be sewn and I am sure you will find your own preferred method. In the meantime, I wanted to share the method that I use a lot and find works very well. Read more

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HOW TO SEW A PATCH POCKET

This week has really been a pocket week in the studio. It seems as if everyone has conspired and decided to do as many pockets as possible. So this week’s tutorial just had to be a pocket.

One of the most common pockets you will come across is a patch pocket. It is a handy compartment and can be easily added to a garment you are creating, or to a garment you already have, but would like to enhance with your own creative touch. Read more

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HOW TO HIDE OVERLOCK THREAD TAIL

This week I wanted to pay attention to the very simple subject of hiding overlock thread tail.

There are several ways of hiding your overlock thread tail, but I wanted to focus on my favourite one. I use it daily and find that it is very simple to apply and looks very neat once completed. Read more

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HOW TO SEW AN EXPOSED ZIP

Exposed zips have been in the spotlight lately and can be seen in many designer garments and high street brands.

There is a big range of zips available out there and by being creative, which I’m sure you are, you have all the tools to turn your garment into something that stands out from the crowd of ready-made clothing. Read more

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HOW TO SEW A LINED SLIT

How to sew a lined slit finished slit

A few days ago I came across one of my first skirts that I made when I was still in school. I know, I can’t believe I still have it and, surprisingly, it fits quite well too – considering how much I love cakes!

I have always liked a lined slit at the front of my skirt, as it is not only a functional element giving you more room for movement, but can also be quite a nice design feature. Read more

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HOW TO SEW A DART AND REDUCE DART BULK

Darts are sewn in garments to help create a body shape. A dart is one of the most common elements that you will come across when sewing a garment and the dart amount, shape and depth will depend on the garment fit.

If you have been working with heavy-weight fabrics, you have probably noticed that once the dart is sewn it turns out to be much bulkier than when working with lightweight fabrics. In this article we want to focus on how to reduce dart bulk. Read more

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HOW TO SEW AN INSEAM POCKET

I must admit that pockets are very handy compartments, but a professionally finished pocket is not just a useful detail, it can also really enhance a garment and act as a beautiful design detail.

An inseam pocket is intended to be discreet, as it is placed in the side seam and is enclosed by the garment. Whilst it may be virtually unnoticeable from the outside, creating a clean finished pocket, that no one will really see apart from you, does bring a great deal of satisfaction. I know, I know… I am just a sewing addict! Read more

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