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Tutorial: Invisible Zipper Tips By Lilacs & Lace

Hello everyone!  It’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here with a few tips to help you tackle invisible zippers.  For this project, I am working with Colette’s Parfait Dress and this yummy textured basket-weave linen blend.

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Knockout Wool Dress Variations by Laura Mae

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Many patterns include multiple views that whet the creative appetite by showing one or two variations on a theme.  But there are so many more possibilities!  Add or substitute a piece from another existing pattern or draft your own, and things get even more interesting. Click here to read more »

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Part 4: Transferring Beading Pattern to Fabric by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks,  Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Part 3: Reinforcing a Gusset by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks and Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Part 2: Beautiful Bound Buttonholes by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October.  I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]

 

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I am an avid fan of the bound buttonhole.  There are quite a few variations, but today I will focus on one of my personal favorites.

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Part 1: Retro Gala Dress Pattern Handling Tips

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 2 is a thorough bound buttonholes walk-through. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October.  I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]

 

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Tutorial: Vintage Finishing Techniques

Hello everyone!  I am back with a tutorial on finishing edges with Hug Snug Rayon Seam Binding from Britex Fabrics, and will be using this rose strewn soft and sheer cotton/silk voile fabric from Britex Fabrics.

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Different fabrics require different finishing techniques, but this is my absolute favorite.  And best of all, it requires only a straight stitch from a basic machine! Click here to read more »

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Tips: Vintage Pattern Primer

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Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns.  I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells.  But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old.  Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint.  I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern!

I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s.  A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!

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 If the idea of working with a vintage pattern intimidates you, here are a few hints. Click here to read more »

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Silk Organza – The Perfect Addition to Any Sewing Room

Hello everyone!  I am back with a new vintage dress and an underlining tutorial. Along with this yummy fuchsia chenille, I received a length of silk organza for this project.

Silk organza really is a miracle fabric, in my opinion.  It is crisp, lightweight, and can perform so many different functions.  First off, it makes truly beautiful garments, especially when embroidered.  At the other end of the spectrum, it can make an excellent press cloth.  Tear it into strips, and it can help to stabilize a zipper opening.  I even substitute organza for fusible interfacing on facings.  I could go on and on, but perhaps I should get back on point!

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Tutorial: Shoulder Pads are not the Enemy

Hello, again. Here is the shoulder pad tutorial I mentioned in my Sunglasses and Sunshine post. These days, shoulder pads have a bad reputation.  They really are not the enemy, but rather an excellent way to balance out a silhouette!

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Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape)
Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric)
Cotton Quilting Batting
Thread
Chalk or Fabric Pen
Lining Material (to cover batting)

Most shoulder pads are shaped as half of an ellipse.  I have seen a few triangular shaped pads in vintage patterns, but the pointed edges can create problems with lighter-weight fabrics.  And, of course, raglan armholes require a different shape entirely. Click here to read more »

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