Sewing Fundamentals

Sewing Shirts: How to Sew a Simple Summer Top

By Rochelle New
The Kimono Top pattern by Salme is an excellent project for all kinds of sewers. It's great for experienced sewers because it's quick to make and works well with more challenging fabrics like silk or chiffon, but the pattern is equally great for a beginner because the construction is so simple! If you appreciate more visual instruction, we can work through this pattern together with my simple summer shirt tutorial. Read more »
Shirred Skirt Tutorial on Craftsy.com

Short and Sweet: A Lovely Shirred Skirt Tutorial

By Linda Reynolds
Sewers, spring is arriving, and it's time to leave the heavy winter flannels behind to make room for projects with breezy, lightweight fabrics. This step-by-step tutorial will guide you in how to make a shirred skirt that's the perfect for transitioning your wardrobe welcoming the warmer weather. Read more »

Fitting Sleeves Is Not as Scary as It Seems

By Rochelle New
Two Types of Sleeves

For a beginner seamstress, sewing and fitting sleeves tends to sound a little scary at first. Once you dive into it though, you'll soon see it's really nothing to dread. To help "ease" your sleeve sewing fears, consider these helpful hints and learn to avoid some common mistakes when fitting sleeves.

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Save the Trip to the Store and Sew Your Own Wardrobe Instead

By Linda Reynolds
Collection of Basic Sewing Patterns

Next time you shop for clothes, take a close look at the items that draw your attention. I mean take a really close look at them. As sewers we take our inspiration from the clothes we see on the racks in stores, as well as from magazines, online and television. I know I do, and those bits of inspiration are typically what drive us to sew the garments we make.

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