Bias Edge Finishing Techniques

Learning several techniques (different from what you'll find in 'normal' garment construction directions) can make sewing more creative - and, I think, more FUN! What I share here are techniques I've worked out that are useful at neckline, armholes, center front and even hemline edges. CONSIDERATIONS Weight of 'binding' fabric. The heavier the fabric of either the binding AND/OR the garment fabric, the more likely that a single layer BIAS
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Menswear Snoop Shopping Fun

Quality menswear is such a treat for a sewer's eyes!  Cleaning through my computer, I came across this collection of photos I took in the Williamsburg area on a vacation 2 years ago.  Enjoy these along with me as I feast my eyes once again... Yarn-Dyed Plaids and Checks in Tailored Shirts My fingers itch to feel the top quality fabric in these shirts.  There is SO much work in
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Ball Point Bodkin – a Favorite Sewing Tool

The 'Ball Point Bodkin' - a $4.25 long piece of metal with an eye on one end and a ball on the other - has been a favorite of  mine for years.  Here is a picture.  Do you have one?  I find it useful for every so many sewing tasks... [caption id="attachment_7504" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ball Point Bodkin[/caption] What I have used it most for is to safely push out stitched
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Washable Waterproof Mattress Protector To Sew

Back in June, one of our clever Jackson Sewing Guild members shared her ingenious Washable, Waterproof Mattress Protector with the rest of us here at my Sunroom Sewing Studio. Like so many 'aging Baby-Boomers', she is caring for her elderly mother at home these days. This would also be a great solution for young moms in the midst of potty-training. This Protector will save the mattress from becoming soiled, AND
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Soft Surroundings Pleated Pant Knock-Off Sewing Steps

I absolutely love to look at fashion catalogs and websites - looking for unique and new ideas to inspire and challenge my own fashion sewing.  I had torn out these pleated hemline pants from one of my favorite sources:  Soft Surroundings.  For us 'mature' women, I feel their catalog is wonderful reasonable yet fashionable clothing. Inspirational Catalog Pant      Note in the inspirational photos above, that the corner where the
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Sunflower Fence Mural Painting Fun

  The New View from the Sunroom Sewing Studio This Spring/Summer my focus has been working outside in our backyard, the 'view' from my Sunroom Sewing Studio.  Here's the result after roughly a month of serious planning and 5 glorious days of painting fun.  Conclusion:  Painting is making a 3D idea into 2D, while sewing is taking a 2D idea, sketch or picture and transforming it into 3D.  Interesting.....  I
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Memento Soft Doll Sewing ProjectS

It was both lots of fun and an honor to create these 3 soft dolls for the grandchildren of a friend of mine who recently passed on to live with our Lord.  I used clothing of hers specially selected by her husband for this purpose.  The pattern is one I used before:  available at ETSY, the Poppy Dolly.  Click HERE to purchase the pattern like I did. [caption id="attachment_7404" align="aligncenter"
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UP-Cycled Scarf-Bottomed Jeans Skirts

scarf-bottom jeans skirts
The idea of long scarves pieced together to create the lower part of an up-cycled jeans skirt turned into spectacular skirts for these 2 young sewing students.  My student gets the credit - finding a picture inspiring this skirt design online.     SEW SIMPLE! Start with Jeans that fit at the waist.  Cut off legs below the pockets (maintaining inside pocket parts on the front).  Un-stitch the crotch seam
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7 Things Sewers Do To KILL Their Creativity

I wrote these 7 points that I observed back during my retail storefront days, and I continue to find them true to this day - teaching from my home studio.  1. They are way too hard on themselves, underestimating their capabilities.  Sewers forget that the sewing process (unlike cooking!) is wonderfully 'forgiving'.  I have over 50 years of sewing behind me and with 45 of these in a professional/teaching capacity,
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Reversible Knit Top with Wave-Rotary Cut Edges -Test Top #2

I designed and stitched up this knit top as yet another try to come up with THE design for the 'favorite' fabric. Goal Though this design isn't yet 'quite it, I am happy with it and love some of the features I came up with to take full advantage of the reversible fabric shown here at the right, a digital rayon/lycra print I purchased at marcytilton.com Fabric in this Top
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