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Today I was thinking about ways in which I could simplify the making of the bodice. Now, I have a bodice that I’ve made following the instructions in Helen Joseph Armstrong’s book, Patternmaking for Fashion Design and another from Sarai Mitnick’s book, The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress but I wanted to see how I could make one fast and easy, if, let’s say I am too lazy to look for them 🙂 And then I found this video with Peggy Sagers who explains pattern-making by draping. I always thought this was difficult to do,…

What is t-shirt reconstruction? T-shirt reconstruction, or t-shirt surgery defines a way to alter or hack a basic t-shirt that completely transforms in into a new garment, sometimes an altered top, other times a cap, a skirt, a dress and even a handbag. The various techniques used to hack a t-shirt are cutting and slashing, sewing, painting, embroidery, braiding, and the list goes on and on. All you really need to start is a t-shirt, old or new, large or small. Other items you might need are: a sewing machine – I have a Necchi Sewing Machine but if I…

So you want to make your handmade clothes flawless. You buy the good fabric, the best thread, you invest time and hope to make clothes that will fit and last forever. If making clothes that look as good on the wrong side as they do on the good side is your things, then you’ll find this small couture sewing guide really useful. Want to know the secret of a perfectly sewn banded v-neck on a knit fabric? Interface and staystich your neckline To cut your neckband, measure the garment’s neckline, then ad 10 cm (4 in) Fold and press the…

Hello readers, Last week my blog was hacked and long story short I lost the content I wrote in the last 2 years. If you have a blog and haven’t made a backup in ages do it now. If your hosting promises weekly backups, check if they don’t make backups of an empty site, backup that overwrites all previous backups (this is Hostgator). I’ll try to slowly recover some of the posts I wrote in the last couple of years. Thank you for your patience. And for reading. Best, Ina

Today I am launching a new column dedicated to clothing refashions and hacks: Liberty Refashions. The column is sponsored by SewBox and features a series of three tutorials that show you how to turn a garment you’re not wearing anymore into something you love. I am going to use liberty fabrics in all three tutorials; because they seem to be everywhere right now, from shorts to shoes to jumpers and dresses – and also because they’re so darn pretty. This month I am showing you how to turn a tank top into a summer dress. Come back here the first week…

Reuse, remake, mend. Spend, buy, consume. How many clothes do you buy in a month? What about a year? And how many of those do you end wearing more than once? Today’s mantras are “buy the shoes, you only live once”,”I work hard, I deserve that new dress” and “I am sad therefore I shop”. Each of us takes this more or less seriously, we each define how important shopping for clothes is to us. As a sewist you probably buy more fabric than you buy clothes, but I bet you have a little pile of clothes you’re not wearing…

I was in a shop the other day, looking for a pair of dressy trousers (one of the things I still buy rather than make, but I want to challenge this soon). The ones that fitted were itchy, the ones made in a nice fabric were too big… as always I couldn’t find a nice pair of trousers to magically fit me. One of the shop attendants was wearing a pair of the trousers very similar to one I had just tried on. They looked great on her. I told her, in a jealous tone. – Oh, darling, they’re tailored,…

So. Autumn is here and what a better time to go through your closet, see what you like and what you’re not wearing anymore and more importantly – what you could give a new life to.  And if your old clothes don’t inspire you any more trade with a friend. They don’t have to be the same size or even gender as you. You just have to get your hands on garments that will allow you to play a bit. Some fabric scraps, a few pieces of trim and new buttons can sometimes change a garment completely. With a little help from Sew…

Remember the grey blouse sketch I made the other day? Well, this is the blouse finished. It was very easy to sew and draft the pattern, I just took the basic measurements: neck – waist, shoulder-end of 3/4 sleeve and arm circumference, then drafted a loose blouse pattern. The fabric it’s a stretchy grey knit I had in my stash since spring. It has a silky feel and it drapes beautifully, so I am quite happy I finally turned it into a blouse. Here is another pic in which you can see better the relaxed scoop neck. I was pretty…

Have you watched The Great British Sewing Bee? I have just watched the second episode and I’m inspired to sew more and learn more. The contestants are amazing. I don’t know how they could find so many beautiful and talented people who sew so well. I think the challenges in the show are difficult because of the time limit. This can changes a person’s way of sewing completely. I am a rush sewer (not that I watched the show I know I can say that without thinking people thinking I am a hole in the pavement:) so I think I…