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Back To The Basics: Seams Part Two

We’re going to wrap up our basic seams talk with Pressing and Understitching today, two often overlooked details that can make a world of difference. Grading:  Grading your seam allowance is easy!  When you are working with thick fabrics or have more than 2 layers going on, the seam allowance can get bulky.  Let’s reduce […]

Back to the Basics: Seams

Let’s talk about the most basic things in sewing:  Seams! Seams are what keeps the whole project together (pun intended).  Today we’re going to investigate what makes a great seam that does its job without drawing attention to itself (unless a conspicuous seam is a design element). Joining Seamlines:  Place your fabric edges together and […]

FREE Tropisch Dress Sewing Pattern!!!

Child wearing The Tropisch Dress Sewing Pattern

A staple of any summer wardrobe should be a simple shirt style dress.  Last summer we were in Alabama and everyone was wearing shift dresses.  A lovely woman we met while dining on schnitzel under a giant rocket explained that everyone wears dresses because it’s the least amount of fabric touching your body.  It’s resting […]

Hem Facing-It’s so Easy!

I like to use hem facings in a lot of my patterns with curved hems.  It’s fast and easy and gives incredibly professional results.  **BUT** I do not provide specific pattern pieces for those hem facings with my pattern pieces.  WHY?  I feel that making a separate pattern piece for just that is redundant and […]