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Category Archive: Sewing Techniques

Professional Coat-making Tips from Jen

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Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here to talk a little bit about winter coats. I know that sewing a full on winter coat can seem a bit intimidating but they really are a most rewarding project, and one of my favorite things to sew! In this post we are going to talk about choosing the right fabric as well as construction tips to get a professional and long lasting coat. The pattern used in this tutorial is my Birchwood Toggle Coat pattern, which will be available in my shop shortly, paired with this unbelievably beautiful and warm Double-Faced coating from Britex. I’m also kind of freaking out about the toggle closures as well. So beautiful and actually made from quality materials. The colors really are a perfect match with this wool! Click here to read more »

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Make a Retro 1960s Peter Pan Collar!

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Ami runs My Little Tailoress, a UK blog packed full of sewing projects, style ideas and vintage inspiration. Here she created a tutorial on drafting the ethereal Peter Pan collar, using beginner Colette sewing pattern Laurel and a fillip of creative ingenuity! Add a Peter Pan collar to a floral cotton shirtwaist dress for a pert retro look!

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Make Single-Fold Bias Tape with a Printable Template!

double1We love how contrasting bias tape can add a spunky accent to everything from collars to pot holders! Carla, the Scientific Seamstress crated this free PDF pattern to make printable 1” and 1/2” single-fold bias tape templates using cardstock and scraps of fabric. Go wild; trim an old-fashioned gingham apron or gussy up a dainty Peter Pan collared blouse!

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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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Tutorial: Festive Tie and Pocket Square

With the holidays quickly approaching, the season of get-togethers and parties with family, friends, and co-workers is nearly upon us!  Whether it’s as a gift for your sweetie or a unique statement to be worn yourself (you budding tailors out there!) sewing a special tie and coordinating pocket square is actually surprisingly easy.

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Free Men’s Shirt Pattern & Tutorial

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Melissa of the awesome sewing blog Melly Sews has a passel of charming free sewing patterns, with so many that I had a difficult time picking just one to feature.  We chose this free men’s casual shirt pattern and tutorial, where she talks about how she used  a pattern-making technique called the rub-off, that she learned from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit in order to make a bespoke pattern for her husband (and a Math gEEk shirt for her little brother.) We adore this photo of her seriously studious brainiac brother modeling his shirt, and channeling John Forbes Nash from A Beautiful Mind by recreating  mathematic formulas on glass.

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Wall Planter Tutorial

Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.

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The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.

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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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Tutorial: How to Sew a Dress with Attached Lining

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With this project, I decided to venture into a different color palette and try out a fabric with some subtle jewel tones—brilliant blue, emerald green, and purple. I was mostly drawn to the metallic characteristics of this French floral novelty blend (I particularly love working with metallic brocades for my dress designs), but I knew this polyester, acetate, and metallic combo was going to be a challenge. I knew two things going into this. First, serging was a must. This fabric has an incredibly soft, wool-like hand to it—super luxurious feeling—but it also has a tendency to fray given its loose weave. Second, I would definitely need to line the dress for breathability, and also to keep the loose threads from snagging. Click here to read more »

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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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