In Fitting Fashion / sewing

  • French Binding Tutorial

    French binding is a versatile bias binding technique that is used to enclose the raw edges of light weight and sheer fabrics.  The finish is quite beautiful around necklines and armholes when neatly and meticulously done in either matching or contrast colours or fabrics.

    The recently released Chelsea blouse neckline is finished using this technique so I wanted to pass along some tips and techniques for achieving a really beautiful ready to wear finish using this pattern.


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  • How to Construct a Single Welt Pocket

    A Method You Probably Haven't Seen Before
    and pattern pieces provided so you can practice
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  • The Front Fly Tutorial

    This method of constructing the front fly zipper is a variation on the one I used in the assembly instructions for the Claire and Ellen patterns.  The method I show here is a little more streamlined and gives very consistent and professional results.  Give it a try and see what you think.

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  • The Front Placket Tutorial

    Inserting a front placket can be challenging.  It definitely requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills but with practice and patience anyone can achieve a professional looking placket.  I suggest doing a trial run (or two) if this technique is new to you.

    Here is the method used to insert the front placket into the Diana blouse pattern.

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  • Sewing with Knits

    Although I have often experimented with knits, I started to avoid working with them because I could never seem to get that professional finish or prevent that "home made" look.   But lately I've been seeing so many beautiful knit fabrics in the fabric store; the colors, prints, and quality of the fabrics are stunning, and there is no way to beat the comfort or the wash and wear ease of a knit garment.  So this season, I set out to design a pattern that would work with my regular home sewing equipment and result in a professional looking finished...

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