Sewing Techniques

Double Trouble: How to Thread a Double Needle

By Marie Koupparis
Sewing with knits can be incredibly satisfying, but knowing how to thread a double needle and then use it properly can make the difference between your garments looking obviously handmade and professionally finished. In this post, I’ll walk you through achieving a double needle hem, so that you feel more confident in embracing the recent explosion of knit sewing patterns out there. Read more »

Exposed Darts: The Latest Trend in Fashion

By Linda Reynolds
First it was the exposed zipper, now darts have come out from behind the scenes. Though not really a new trend, exposed darts have become an increasingly popular styling element in many dresses this season. If you're interested in exposing darts in your next project, here's what you need to know! Read more »

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 »
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Copycat Clothes: How to Make a Pattern From A Piece of Clothing

By Beth Galvin

Just like Goldilocks, we all have at least one garment that is "just right." Well, did you know you can recreate an existing garment by making a pattern from the original? Copying an existing garment works for anything, from knit shirts to jackets to your favorite denim jeans. Here are a few tips on copying your existing garments!

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Finishing Techniques for the Inside and Out

By Maris Olsen
Start challenging yourself to add a new detail or finish to some of the garments you sew. Have fun learning new techniques while you expand your sewing toolkit, and at the same time learn to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind garments for your wardrobe. Here are a few ideas to get you jump started! Read more »

Rock and Roll Style: How to Sew Faux Leather Seams

By Marie Koupparis
Want to give you wardrobe some edge but sewing with faux leather intimidates you? Sewing with faux leather needn't be scary. Here's some key tips to give you the confidence you need to finish faux leather seams and create the ultimate bad-girl style! Read more »
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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 »

Vintage Sewing Techniques: It’s All in the Details

By Rochelle New
Vintage sewing techniques really aren't all that different from moderns ones when it comes down to it but when re-creating vintage garments, it's the small details that make all the difference. Here are three vintage sewing techniques that I think are the most recognizably different when compared to modern sewing. Read more »