There really is a formula, and it fulfills all the pocket sewing nerdiness you would expect from the Sew Everything Blog. Did you think sewing on patch pockets is the easiest sewing task ever? You’re right. However, there are details to consider when applying one. I bet you didn’t know that there’s an entire book… Read More Patch Pocket Placement: Yep, There’s a Formula.
Beginner seamstresses, be fearless in your efforts to learn the art and skill of good sewing. This post is for you. Lets say you want to sew up something where two seam edges are NOT a straight line. This non-linear seam may be a purely creative design or an essential structural element in your sewing… Read More Basic Sewing Concept: Clipping the Curved Seam
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
About McCall’s Pattern 7470…. I found that the sleeved and sleeveless versions therein have the same front and back printed sections – and can be a conundrum depending on how picky you are about fit. You see, the armhole in a sleeveless garment MUST be close to the body, but sleeved versions need that extra ease;… Read More Sleeveless Armhole Neatness
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.
Well, maybe not that basic, but worth learning – or at least having some knowledge about. I’ve come a long way from my former eye-roll response to the esteemed tailor’s tack. I’ve learned not to knock this very traditional technique of transferring pattern markings to the fabric. It’s so old school, that here is a… Read More Tailor’s Tacks, A Basic Sewing Concept for Marking Fabric
Hi y’all! Well, it was time for me to sew a Little-Happy-Stuff project. It was time to throw some stash fabric and scraps together without being obsessed with garment fit, fine finishes and couture hand sewing. Occasionally, a fast project like this refreshes one’s sewing chops. In the interest of being less wordy that usual,… Read More Pillow Parade #1: Ghostly White Elephant
By the way, how do you determine the placement of your elastic (or non-elastic) waistband? Or, do you sew the waistband where the pattern tells you to, and they fit perfectly? In that case, I’m really happy for you. This is how I do it. I didn’t invent this method, but read about it in… Read More Cool Sewing Trick: Waistband Installation in the Right Place
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
Hi guys, here’s a quick, fun, palate-cleanser of a sewing project. I made sleep masks at the request of my favorite couple – my daughter and son-in-law. But…. couldn’t stop with just two. So, the third one in the picture is a bonus sleep mask. Mask 1 is made with scraps of blue chambray with… Read More Little Happy Stuff to Sew: Sleep Mask Edition