Vintage patterns

Failure and rescue – another dress from 1952

It just goes to show that not every vintage pattern turns into a beautiful dress. My first spell with the 1951/1952 collection from Praktikus Modenblatt worked out quite well, with hardly any alterations. And although I may not necessarily repeat all of those details in my next make, overall I was pleased with the result…… Continue reading Failure and rescue – another dress from 1952

Clothes · Stretch woven · Vintage patterns

A dress from 1952

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

Clothes · Feet · Sewing technique

A perfect buttonhole with manual control

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

Clothes · Feet · Jersey · Sewing technique

The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed

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