My curiosity about clothing design and design details in a historical context knows no bounds. It seems that some details in modern apparel which seem so new and fresh can be traced back into the ages. Conversely, I love new and innovative design which has never been seen before. One such new-old detail showed up… Read More Tied, Asymmetrical Neckline
In most general sewing, it’s best to avoid stitching in areas where it’s unnecessary – to avoid the too much thread syndrome. Yes, there is such a thing, although the concept can be quite subjective. However, too much thread can be useful in certain areas of dressmaking and general fashion sewing. Such as, designs where… Read More Too Much Thread Can be a Good Thing: Multiple Rows of Top-Stitching
Hey kids, you’ve been doing it all wrong! How do you face a neckline? The tailor is Sajid of Sajid Designs, and you may not understand the language because he is Indian, but the videos are visually clear and understandable. He, like tailors from that part of the world, works a little differently than us… Read More Faced Neckline: Lesson Learned From a South Asian Tailor
Recently I had to sew an underarm gusset in a batwing sleeve, at the same time wondering why a batwing (or dolman) sleeve even needs a gusset. Anyhow, it started out as a godet insertion in the sleeve underarm. It meant 4 insertions which when sew together, served as a gusset. But…. sewing a godet… Read More Sewing in Godets. Lets Nerd Out.
…. so lets nerd out today. With this post, I’ll turn the tables and ask your opinion about shirt interfacings; if you make button down shirts for men or women what is your preferred collar and cuff interfacing? I have never managed to get my head wrapped around selecting the right one. I’ve asked… Read More Shirt Interfacing: I have Questions
Is it Piping? Or a Facing? Why, it’s both! Well ok, it’s not traditional facing or traditional piping, but it works in a lovely way. Hi guys! Today I’ll share a neckline finishing technique with you. For the expert sewers who are very familiar with this technique, chime in with suggestions; if this is too… Read More Finish a Neck Edge with Piping/Facing Combo
I die a little when a blog post is missed because I’m a creature of habit where this blog is concerned. Being disorganized with the editorial calendar lately has resulted in no interesting sewing stuff to share with you, unless you want to see a couple of miscellaneous works in progress — nothing earthshaking, but… Read More Random Sewing Stuff in Lieu of a Proper Sewing Post
We’re indulging in tulle talk today, friends. My growing infatuation with the fabric has been mentioned before, and the more I obsess over it, the more ideas for tulle I come up with and find in other people’s work. Here’s one idea….. This pair of pants has been in my closet, unworn, for many years… Read More Pant Hem Extension in… Tulle!
Hey you guys!! I wrote a blog post last year about some garments I had made with love and care, but they were a disappointment once I wore them. There were fit, style and sundry issues which made those much-loved clothes stay in the closet. Go here for the gory details. Need fixing, the red… Read More Unwearables: #Refashioned, #Altered and Made Wearable
Hi friends! Samina here with yet another pocket-intensive post. This here is a sherwani. A sherwani is just a long knee length or longer tailored jacket, a traditional wardrobe item for South Asian men. I also want you to know that this particular sherwani belonged to my husband who wore it to our wedding back… Read More Deep Sherwani Pocket