Carla, from ScientificSeamstress and molecular biologist turned patternmaker, developed this rockin’ tutorial for making 1″ single-fold bias tape, and points out that it is but one fold away from being 0.5″ wide double-fold bias tape, which is incredibly useful for binding and finishing edges. Make some in a contrasting print to accent necklines, aprons, a child’s frock, baby bibs….let your imagination run wild!
Category Archive: Sewing
Who doesn’t need a satin stole for glamorous nights on the town? Make this wrap in midnight black silk satin, with the reverse in deep crimson for rabble-rousing, or in gleaming silver satin for sedate nights with Carmen at the opera. This easy-to-make stole is brought to us by the talented Don at Weekend Designer.
“L’oiseau que tu croyais surprendre
Battit de l’aile et s’envola;
L’amour est loin, tu peux l’attendre;
Tu ne l’attend plus, il est là!
Tout autour de toi vite, vite,
Il vient, s’en va, puis il revient!
Tu crois le tenir, il t’évite;
Tu crois l’éviter, il te tient!
L’amour, l’amour, l’amour, l’amour!”
(Carmen by Bizet)
It is looking like an avian All Hallows Eve! Shauna from the creative blog, Shwin&Shwin made up a tutorial on how she created a tutu-esque peacock costume for her daughter from some knit fabric for the top, and poufy netting and felt for the tail…..and a generous dollop of talent. It would be super lovely with some sparkly sequins added to the feather eyes! All materials are available at Britex Fabrics. We love the way the tail bellows out, and her attention to peacock feather detail and coloring.
Just in time for All Hallows Eve, Natasha from NattyJaneSews has a tutorial for swoopingly fabulous bird wings. Natasha says, “Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.” She made these flapping wings with polyester satin — it would be fun to layer sheer organza on top of the satin for additional lightness! I’d love to make a pair in shades of brown with a brick red underside, and chirp show tunes while handing out sweets.
This is a C-O-A-T. We adore everything about it…the splendidly wide lapels…the ankle sweeping length…the snuggly patch pockets…the chic double-breasted front. This classic coat cries urban tundra like nothing else; make it in an Italian military blue wool, fasten it with stoic bronze metal buttons, and for a hint of scandal…line it in decadent scarlet silk. Pattern #107 by BurdaStyle.
Jennifer at GrainlineStudio has a deceptively simple tip for creating perfect necklines in lightweight silk fabrics such as silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, or silk chiffon; use a narrow strip of interfacing to hold the necklines shape and add strength, while remaining delicately flexible.
The cravat has returned! The ingenious Baroness Violet von Mickelsburg from SteamIngenious: Steampunk creations, thoughts, photos, and tips has graciously provided a tutorial on cravat construction. All you need is a scrap of luxurious silk fabric from Britex Fabrics, a wee bit of sewing, and some skill with knot-tying, and this elegant frippery can be yours to wear. We can’t guarantee that tossing on a cravat will make you as suave as Laurence Olivier, but we can promise that heads will swivel and knees will buckle as you saunter by.
It is not too soon to think about the chilly days of winter, and we can all agree that everyone needs a toasty, debonair winter coat! Josephine from TheSilkFutures.Blogspot modified and made this coat for her boyfriend, William from Burda’s pattern 6039(also avialable at Britex!) We’d love to see this coat made up in classic imported fine English wool camel hair coating, and adorned with Italian Corozo buttons…the asymmetrical double-breasted front with its parade of buttons, and the stand-up collar gives this style dash. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Just in time for cool autumn schooldays, Ros from SewDelicious has made a tutorial for a kicky retro-inspired pleated skirt. Her skirt is sewn in navy denim and polka-dots, and adorned with bright red buttons, but it would be delightful in just about anything…perhaps a check or a plaid. This skirt is perfect for shuffling merrily through piles of dried leaves and sipping apple cider. Her directions makes a child’s size 3, however it would be très simple to size up or down!
Elaine, otherwise known by the moniker of The Selfish Seamstress, says that she loves to design and sew garments, but only if she gets to keep them. What a greedy gal! Although she likes to swagger and say that she is tough as nails, we don’t think she is as selfish as all that; look at this free downloadable PDF sewing pattern she has on her blog! She says, “This is a pattern for a dress inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s….. The dress is a lined sheath with armhole princess seams on the front bodice, darted skirt, darted back, and side invisible zipper.” We adore the elegant back, with its unique cut-out shaping that mimics swooping butterfly wings, and know the perfect black stretch wool tricotine it sew it in!