How to adjust upper and lower thread tension on a sewing machine

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How many times has your sewing machine started to make stubborn monster-like noises and proceeded to pull your fabric towards the bobbin? Or maybe only managed to sew some you, useless, loose stitches? Do you still think your sewing machine “doesn’t sew knit fabric”? In this post I am sharing what I know about thread tension. If you have your own tips or you have a different opinion, I would love to hear it! How to adjust upper thread tension on a sewing machine Adjusting the thread tension for the thread on top should be a pretty straightforward thing. Or at least…

Ooh, I Like That – Some DIY Inspiration

pumpkin candles

I don’t know about you but lately it feels like I never get the time to sew. Or enough time anyway. Tracing the pattern, cutting it, making the muslin, it all takes a lot of time. My future fall projects are all new patterns, new techniques (I want to learn to make shirts and to finally sew a coat for myself) which means they need a lot of time to be brought to life (so to speak, not planning any Dr. Frankenstein adventures). Yet sometimes I feel there’s nothing better at bringing back the sewing mojo than some instant gratification…

How to make a beautifully draped batwing tunic

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  This draped batwing tunic is very easy to make and a perfect project for the weekend. It only took me a couple of hours from sketch to finish and you don’t need any sewing pattern to make this. When you choose your fabric choose blouse fabrics with a drape, light cottons, like batiste, silk, georgette, etc, but nothing too boxy, unless that is the look you are going for.   First, take a tank top that fits you well but it not too stretchy. You want tank top and not a t-shirt because it will be easier to see…

11 things you could do now for becoming a better garment designer in 12 months

tips for becoming a better garment designer

So you want to be a fashion designer, a pattern maker or the world’s best sewist? Good for you! If you’re just starting to learn about sewing and garment making, you’ll be happy to hear it takes very little time to learn the basics of sewing and start making your own clothes using patters. Learning how to adapt and transform existing commercial patterns is another level in sewing. And then there’s making your own patterns, following your own designs – that’s the most tricky part, as you will need many skills, from sewing basics, to draping, sketching and other things that…

Basic watercolour paint techniques

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Learning a new skill can be both fun and frustrating. Fun as you explore the possibilities and feel proud of your results and frustrating when what you imagined doesn’t fit the reality. This will also happen when you’re playing with watercolours: some things will look really nice, while others… rather disappointing. In this blogpost I will sum up some of the basic watercolour paint techniques I learned recently. Tools: I don’t believe in buying the most expensive tools when you’re just starting to learn something. Many tutorials on YouTube start with the different brands of paint you should buy; I…

Large tropical leaves: 3 ways to use them in your wardrobe

large tropical leaf top

Abstract: Vintage: Mimetic: For centuries, the tropics and the jungle have fascinated us; for both their beauty and their well… deadliness. Banana, papaya, mango, they all have large, tropical leaves. We often talk about these fruit in terms of coulours, when it comes to garment making (ok, not sure about the banana, but humour me) but it’s about time we talked about their opulent and full of life foliage. And there’s nothing that says summer more than tropical leaves! 1. Townsen Tank – Rattan from Bloomingdales, €124 This top has a very simple shape, almost completey square, with lines neckline…

Two delicate and feminine, no pattern blouses

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As a person who owns much more patterns than she will ever get to use and still remembers the exact number of the now lost Burda magazine she lent a friend over 6 years ago, I am fascinated by garments that don’t need patterns. More specifically about boxy, square-ish shapes that have never seen a french curve in their life. That’s why I really like these blouses and dresses from this Kitting, Crochet and Sewing Magazine (I can’t find this magazine anywhere else, do you know if it has a different name?) Look at this blouse below, for example: it’s…

On our need for many clothes, mindful making and fast fashion

mindfulness is a bahit

Why do we buy clothes? Yeah, I know, because we can’t all be hippies and live our lives in naked bliss. Because we’d be cold without clothes. Because clothes are an expression of the self. But why do we buy clothes, all the time? How cold are we and how much can this “self” be expressed through clothing? Or is it something else? Could it be we go to a shop when we’re sad or tired, because we feel the need to reward ourselves for our hard work? Could it be that we need to feel beautiful or sexy and…

Minimalist sewing: weekend reads

minimalist laundry

As a sewist you probably own a lot of clothes and fabric. If I look at my own clothes, I have those that I made and love and actually wear outside the house, then the clothes I’ve made and like but don’t fit with anything else in my wardrobe or don’t actually fit my lifestyle (frosting anyone?), then the clothes I bought and love, the ones I’ve bought and still love but don’t wear because they change shape, they’re difficult to iron or I just keep postponing their wear for “a better occasion”, the ones that were a gift, the…