Rounded Back Alteration On A Garment With Straps

Rounded Back Alteration On A Garment With Straps

Here's a quick and simple pattern adjustment for a rounded back on a garment with straps. Effectively it means removing a dart in the problem area.
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Sewing A Balanced Dart

Sewing A Balanced Dart

Sewing A Balanced Dart

Balanced darts are used in garments to reduce a 'stepped' look when sewing darts in bulky fabrics. The additional fabric that is added actually creates a smoother silhouette and provides a good fit. 

Here's how:

1. Mark the dart on your garment.

2. Pin the dart then cut an extra rectangle of fabric that is bigger that the dart (longer and wider).

3. Re-pin the dart with the rectangle of fabric underneath.

4. Stitch the dart beginning and ending in the excess fabric.

5. Pull the excess fabric away from the stitching line. Cut the excess fabric to match the shape of the dart on the main garment.

6. Press the dart apart from the excess fabric so that the dart is 'balanced' and there is the same amount of fabric on both sides of the stitching line. 

 

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Tips For Working With Sequins

Tips For Working With Sequins

I've been busy sewing a dress with sequins so thought I'd share my tops tips for working with this sometimes tricky fabric.
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Sewing A French Dart

Sewing A French Dart

French Darts!! I remember sewing the Eve Dress by Sew Over it, quite a few years back. It's a shift dress and has French Darts, but I wasn't happy with the darts on the toile. After a bit of research this was how I managed to get smooth looking French darts (these steps are particularly important if you have a larger bust!). Happy sewing!
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A Few Buttonhole Rules

A Few Buttonhole Rules

Always wondered how long your buttonhole should be? Read on to learn a few buttonhole rules.
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Beautiful Buttonholes!

Beautiful Buttonholes!

Here are a few tips for beautiful buttonholes! There are a few top tools that really help with this. Read on to find what we'd suggest.
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A Couple Of Gathering Tips!

A Couple Of Gathering Tips!

Here are few gathering tips to help get your gathers just so!
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Creating A Thread Chain

Creating A Thread Chain

A thread chain is a great option for belt or button loops. It's also a great way to create bra strap holders inside garments. One of my favourite things about thread chains is that they easily be easily added to the garment right at the end of sewing (so you don't have to worry about loops and things when you're in the middle of construction). 

Here's how to create a thread loop.

1. Cut two long pieces (approx. 70cm) of all purpose thread.

 

2. Pull both pieces of thread through a needle so it becomes 4 threads.

TIP: It's a good idea (although not essential) to run thread wax along the thread. This will help to stop the threads from knotting.

 

3. Tie a knot in the end of your threads.

4. Insert the needle where you require the thread chain to begin. You can sew another knot here for security if you would like (before you start sewing your thread chain).

5. Reinsert the needle in the same spot and pull through, but do not pull all the way. Keep that loop!

6. Hold the loop open with two fingers. Hold the thread with the needle in the other hand.

7. Pull the threads with the needle attached through the loop and pull to create a knot and another loop. (This is much more intuitive than it sounds, I promise! ). Effectively you are folding the threads with the needle attached in half to create the loop, which you then pull on.

8. Repeat this step over and over until the thread chain is long enough.

9. Finish by knotting at the end of the thread chain. Usually this means finishing the thread chain in the garment.

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A few Tips For Sewing A Collar

A few Tips For Sewing A Collar

This week I've a few handy tips for sewing collars, including getting a really crisp sharp collar point!
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Exposed Hong Kong Seams

Exposed Hong Kong Seams

Read on for a quick how to sew an exposed Hong Kong seam. Hong Kong seams do take extra work so why not put them where they can be seen. This is a great way to add a bit of individuality to your garments. Happy sewing!
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Easy Flat Felled Seams

Easy Flat Felled Seams

This week I'm covering Flat felled seams. These are great for garments that need reinforcing. I'm talking jeans, men's shirts, any seams that come under a lot of stress.

Much like French seam they do take longer to sew, but totally worth it for the right garment:)

1. Fold a 1 cm seam allowance to the wrong side on one piece of fabric and press.

2. Position the raw edge of the other piece of fabric on the pressed fold line. Fabric should be wrong sides together.

3. Stitch the garment together 7.5mm from the fold, encasing the fabric.

4. Lay the garment completely flat and press the 'seam allowance' to the side so that you can't see the raw edge.

5. Stitch through all layers 7.5mm from previous stitching line. I've used contrasting thread here, but only so it can be seen clearly in the images.

And there you have an easy flat felled seam.  

 

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How to: French Seams

How to: French Seams

Read on for a quick run through on sewing French seams. A great option for sheer or lightweight fabric or if you don't own an overlocker and require a professional finish.
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