Lining often rips along the seams much before the outer fabric starts showing any wear. There are two reasons for that: the lining is cut incorrectly, and the seams are too weak. This post is not about the cut, so I’ll just say that lining for any garment must have its own pattern. It is…… Continue reading Strong flat seams for lining
There are many contraptions out there that help you make lovely buttonholes automatically. Many machines also have beautiful buttonholes programmed into them. And yet sometimes a manual buttonhole is called for, either because your machine hasn’t got one programmed, or you don’t like it for some reason, or you can’t use the special foot on…… Continue reading A perfect buttonhole with manual control
My first make from the 1951/1952 vintage pattern collection from the German Praktikus Modenblatt! After a lot of dithering, I’m doing it! No more procrastinating making alledgedly urgently needed jersey tops! No longer impersonating that donkey who starved facing two stacks of hay not being able to decide where to start eating! Huzzah! Fabric and…… Continue reading A dress from 1952 – first outfit done!
For me, a successful pattern is one that I made many times over, with variants, in different colours and fabrics. Admittedly, I haven’t got many of those! But this is a story of one such pattern which is still going. The summer dress Some years ago I bought a viscose jersey dress which fitted so…… Continue reading A successful pattern
Differential feed is when the upper and lower layers of the material are fed at different speeds, or as in overlockers when the front and rear of the feed dogs are moving at different speeds. The result is that the sewing gets stretched or gathered, either all of it or just one layer relative to…… Continue reading The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed
Here’s a chance to use those fancy stitches on a grown-up garment! And try an array of fancy feet in the process. The challenges of silk dupion Stop to fraying with fancy stitches Getting even fancier with lurex shading Parallel stitching with a big clear foot Double thread stitch and twin needle sewing Stitch in…… Continue reading Silk dupion, fancy stitches and fancy feet
I have received my 1951/1952 sewing magazines, and I am completely overwhelmed by the possibilities… I am feeling like that donkey standing between two heaps of hay: he starved because he could not decide where to start eating. Poor donkey! So I am in danger of not making any use of these patterns because I can’t…… Continue reading It’s all in the details