Posts under ‘Techniques, tips’

Vogue 8900

I made Vogue 8900: I went with a black/white striped cotton sateen from Fabric Mart, an on-line fabrics house. I played with the stripes to create a silhouette that minimizes width up top and adds width on the bottom: a halter-like orientation up top and horizontal stripes on the bottom. Matching the stripes was challenging […]

More red stuff!

Austin is not Rio de Janeiro, but we do have a Carnaval! It’s a huge samba dance party in the style of Brazilian carnavals, right down to the semi-nekkid, and quite inebriated 🙂 , people. It’s always a ton of fun: lots of hot people, lots of booze, lots of driving samba, all night long. […]

Padding for ironing board

For the longest time, I marveled at the laundry shops’ ability to press shirts to a starched crisp glass-like finish, wishing I could do the same. It turns out that the reason I have failed to achieve the same wrinkle-free result was because my ironing board does not have sufficient padding. I don’t remember now […]

Beeswax and hand-sewing thread

So I recently discovered, after 30-plus years of sewing, that applying beeswax to thread before hand sewing virtually eliminates tangling. I also stumbled on the revelation that whenever I need to thread a needle for hand sewing, thread two needles at once, one to use right away and the other to be used the next […]

Reinforcing skirt’s slit

I reinforce skirt slit by sewing a small piece of ribbon across the top of the slit. This prevents the slit’s stitching from having to handle all the stress.

Striped skirt

I had some fabric left over from making the “Member Model Challenge” dress so I decided to make a skirt out of it. As with everything I sew these days, I felt it would have a bit pointless if I just make a simple skirt, a skirt that I could have bought ready made. […]

Library of Congress

My tax dollars work! 🙂 I came across a pin pointing to The Library of Congress On-Line Search where one can search for, and view old publications! Searching for “garment cutting”, “dress making”, “tailoring” and “garment drafting” returns great old publications and books on the subject. For example, here’s a page from “Elements of garment […]

New button stitch detail!

Who knew a plain old four-hole button can be sewn on with such panache?!

Sewing Leather: a few notes

A friend recently asked me about sewing leather. Since I had recently sewn a leather jacket for an acquaintance’s client, I said I would jot down some notes. For the most part, sewing garment leather is similar to sewing a heavyweight denim, which is about 14 ozs or heavier. (Joann Fabrics’ denims are mostly 12 […]

Tip: pesky thread tails

I was making a shirt. For the first time (probably) since I started sewing thirty years ago (!), I actually finished thread ends the couture way: pull both thread ends to wrong side and tie a knot. Then thread the thread ends through a needle, insert needle near the knot and run needle into between […]