Sewing Ideas for Wardrobe Planning–Garments

June 3, 2011
Style sketches of a jacket, top and skirt

All the wardrobe planning books I’ve read focus on business attire. But I work at home. So how do I put together a wardrobe for the way I really live? What are the essential elements of a wardrobe that works? I decided to start with the garments themselves. When you think about it, there are […]

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Sew Pants: Convert a Basic Pattern into Sweatpants

May 4, 2011
Finished sweatpants

One of the reasons I sew is that I have a hard time finding clothes that fit. The last time I bought sweatpants, I ended up in the men’s department and still had to piece in some extra fabric to make the legs long enough. Now those sweatpants are coming apart, so I decided to […]

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How to Sew a Skirt

April 26, 2011
Flared knit skirt and jacket

I’m experimenting with how to sew a skirt. For years I used the same Stretch & Sew pattern–a bias-cut, elastic-waist flared skirt (#180). This time I decided to try something different. I got out Marcy Tilton’s book Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts, and flipped through it for ideas. This book is one of my treasures. […]

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Great Neckline Finish for a T-shirt

April 18, 2011
Placement of couching foot on garment.

I’ve been experimenting with how to make a t-shirt for awhile now. One of the challenges I’ve faced was how to finish the neckline so it looks professional. Recently I discovered a technique that is not only  simple, but elegant as well.

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Sewing Ideas for Knits

April 6, 2011
Neckline finish with Stretch Magic

I’m always looking for creative sewing ideas. Recently I made a knit skirt and jacket out of a beautiful raspberry rayon knit. The jacket pattern was Butterick B5049, which called for bias binding around the outside edge. That just seemed too bulky to me, so I started looking around for other ideas. My first thought […]

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