Posts Tagged“sewing”

Follow sky turtle’s board vintage sewing on Pinterest. I’m not even sure what makes it so special. Why vintage sewing is so magical and breath-taking. Maybe it’s the black and white pictures, the perfect hour-glass silhouettes, the feminine lines, or maybe it’s how nicely they fit the women in vintage fashion photography. Clothes are so affordable now and we’ve become such automated shopping machines, that buying a garment that fits, that’s both durable and well-made is not important anymore. In September last year I started a clothes shopping fast and five months later I’ve bought: a pair of pants to…

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…

Do you cook? I do. Does your kitchen get very messy when you do? I do. Do you wear an apron? Me neither. I always thought there was something too cute about them. Too housewivey. Until I saw a coffee barrista sipping their slow made brew, dressed up in a chambray shirt and covered with a pale olive green linen apron. Aprons can be beautiful, especially when they are at work. Here are Jones and Didier Murat, a beautiful couple who run Vergennes Laundry, via Remodelista. The next two aprons are made of linen and can be found at Shop Fog Linen.…

I’ve talked about pattern blocks and how they can make pattern making easier by offering a basic template to work on. Instead of buying pre-drafted pattern blocks I decided to make my own. It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, especially if you have a copy of Helen Joseph Armstrong’s Pattern Making for Fashion Design. The instructions are clear and to the point. The illustrations in this post are taken from this book. For the front bodice check out my previous post, Sewing Course Lesson 2 – How To Make a Basic Bodice Block. Step 1 Starting from the left…

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…

Have you ever spotted a dress, a coat, a jacket, what have you, loved it, had to have it, made it (or bought it), only to realize there is something terribly wrong with it, that will never allow you to wear it happily? Maybe it’s too transparent, or maybe it clings too much, maybe it wrinkles like crazy, or maybe it makes your bottom look fat and your legs short. You love it, you hate it. What do you do? Do you zip and bare? Do you keep it “just in case”? Do you give it away without thinking twice?…

This week I learned something quite cool: using tailor tacks for darts. I don’t know why I never put any attention into this previously, but it’s quite a time saver, you get perfect darts and there’s no mess or unhappy after-washing incidents. First insert the needle once through both layers of fabric. This is a skirt dart, but a bust dart works the same. Then slightly open the two layers, making sure the thread is long enough to cut. And snip, making sure you left the threads a bit longer, so they don’t get fished out when you move the…

This is another idea from ”Precision draping; a simple method for developing designing talent” by Nelle L. Weymouth. And it seems so easy to make also: just cut a (sort of) diamond shape above the bust, then slash and spread the remaining part of the bodice to create pleats. Then sew back together. I would work with a relaxed version of the bodice for this. The bodice I made with this method comes out very fitted. For this blouse I would just grade it to a bigger size so the blouse has some movement. And it’s easier to take in…

Happy New Year! May 2013 bring you many new sewing ideas and lots of hours of sewing fun. One of the books I started the year with was “Precision draping; a simple method for developing designing talent” by Nelle L. Weymouth. Published in 1889, this is a lovely book; everything is so well explained and it just makes pattern drafting seem so easy! I got to this book via The Perfect Nose, who posts lots of vintage goodies as well as marvelous sewing projects of her own. One of the things that I sketched into my notebook for future reference…