Kathleen from Fashion-Incubator has a wonderfully detailed post on making bespoke men’s neckties via reverse engineering. I am practically enamored with the photo of her father’s military necktie, and the nifty idea of sewing button-holes in the back of the tie in order to keep it in place by fastening it to ones shirt.
Category Archive: Sewing
Here is another easy-peasy and inexpensive home decorating project with tons of graphic impact. Theresa from Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge made a tutorial on how to tuft a dining room chair. Wouldn’t this be great in a stark urban geometric black and white print? We love the vintage meets très modern air that tufting provides!
It is springtime; time to air out your wintery home, scrub, repaint, and gussy up your cozy nest! We love spending hours in the tub soaking in a hot scented bubble-bath, snoozing, and relaxing…..a snazzy easy-to-sew shower curtain (tutorial courtesy of Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous) is great for a fast ‘n chic salle de bain rejuvenation. We like to skip those pesky grommets and sew button-holes instead, and we particularly adore this Japanese-linen retro print (This fabric is available on the 2nd floor of Britex Fabrics! 415-392-2910)
Just in time for a restorative getaway to a rock-strewn and balmy Mediterranean island, here is a tutorial from Matt at Design*Sponge for a hand-sewn passport cover. This could be made in either leather, or even faux leather….we love hand-sewing for its meditative nature, and with this case you’ll have plenty of time to daydream about fields of wildflowers, picnics of crusty bread, hard cheese, sticky thyme honey, salty olives, and wine, and lazy afternoon snoozes on a soft blanket.
It is the year of the dragon, so don’t be too surprised to see babies blooming like posies! Claire from Craftzine made this tutorial for a group baby gift — an old-fashioned felt cloth alphabet book. Clair says, “The book is beautiful, hilarious, and put together by friends with all levels of artistic skills. I love the different approaches to each page and that the personality of each contributor is obvious as you flip through the book…The great thing about this project is that you could organize a “mailed baby shower” for a friend who is far away, or at least allow distant friends and family to participate in a baby gift that will be personal and meaningful.”
Megan at HoliDash made this awesome tutorial for a handy car kit to keep in your car’s glove box. Sew one with Britex Fabrics’ sports fabric from our 4th floor, and then pack it with all the necessary tools and emergency accruements. Band-Aids, tweezers, stain remover, a flashlight, a cell phone battery, toiletries…..and who knows what else. This would make a swell Father’s Day gift for all the dads in your life.
Jeffery from the tailoring blog, Made by Hand: the great Sartorial Debate presents this classic video tutorial on making hand-sewn buttonholes called “Hand Made Buttonholes: Making suit sleeve buttonholes by hand one Sunday morning”, set to music played by Pablo Casals. All that is lacking is a mug of spiced hot chocolate and a sleeping cat.
Pam from off-the-cuff-style has helpfully posted a page from a vintage sewing book, “Dressmaking Made Easy”, 1941, McCall Corporation, on making two piece sleeve plackets. She says, “This is the way I was trained to sew a sleeve placket (also known as a “gauntlet”) by my mentor, an “old world” Tailor with exacting standards of excellence. I still use this method almost every time…a placket with 2 separate pieces, the overlap and underlap. By using 2 pieces, I find I have more control to fold and press most accurately. Additionally a 2-piece placket offers more design opportunities, such as using different fabrics for the over and underlap….even changing the top (peak) of the overlap…perhaps making it square, curved (rounded), and more.” We love these plackets for the debonair touch it adds to shirt sleeves, and are enormously enamored of making ours with a contrasting scrap of fabric; wee bits of flowered Liberty of London cotton lawn are perfect for this purpose!
I’ve been longing for hedgehogs; their cute stubby paws, upturned snouts, twinkling eyes, and snuggly bushy ‘do. I’m thrilled that I can get my hedgehog fix with this easy-peasy tutorial for a winsome hedgehog felt decoration by Kali over at Totally Stitchin and Baby Lock. Can you imagine a pine wreath festooned with dozens of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles?