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When you're packing for a sunshine-and-chill vacation, you're not exactly looking to lug around extra stuff — especially not one of those giant woven sun hats that won't even fit in your suitcase. But you'll definitely need to keep out the rays, which is where a lightweight, foldable DIY sun hat comes in. You can stuff this cutie right in your carry-on, not to mention make it to match your swimsuit and amp up your sunny-weather style.
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Dancing is all about expressing yourself, so you (or your little one) need a leotard to help show off your punchy personality. Whether you want a funky pattern or prefer to go with a more traditional color, making your own means you get to customize the design, the fabric, the fit, the whole vibe.
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Elastic waistbands are a go-to for comfort, but just like there are different types of elastic, there are different kinds of elastic waistbands you can sew.
Maris Olsen
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Fun fact: Most garment patterns are designed for a B or C cup size. But according to a survey from lingerie retailer Intimacy, the average woman's bust in the U.S. is actually a 34DD. So if you're sewing a top, you might want to take your measurements and compare them to your pattern before you start cutting fabric. Because the reality is you may need to make your pattern a bit bigger.
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Lining a garment can seem like a lot of extra work: buying more fabric, cutting out the pattern again and all that extra pinning and sewing. It's enough "extra" to make the idea of skipping this step awfully tempting. But some garments really do require a lining to be functional. Here's what you need to know before starting to sew one.
Julia Garza
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It totally makes sense if you dread sewing the neck binding on a cotton knit T-shirt. After all, make a sewing mistake and it's literally in your face (or at least right below it). But if you follow a few basic steps and tips, you'll nail the neckline and be able to finish your shirt with no snafus.
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Zipper-phobia is real (especially for newbie sewers) and the fly front zipper is no exception. But it doesn’t deserve its bad boy reputation. In fact, it's actually one of the easiest to sew because most of the construction is hidden from view. Whether you're sewing one into a pair of custom jeans or fresh dress pants, here's how to sew a fly front zipper — promise it's easier than you think.
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Take a look at your jeans or a men’s dress shirt and it's likely you’ll spot flat fell seams. On the outside of the garment there's a pair of stitch lines, while the inside is all tidy without any raw seam edges. If you've wondered how it's done, it's not magic — sewing a flat fell seam is a technique every garment sewer can (and should!) learn.
Christine Haynes
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When you set out to sew the perfect jacket or coat, you may not immediately think about the sleeves. (You're probably envisioning a poppin' collar or those beautiful lapels and buttons, which is fair!) But sleeves are an obviously critical component of your design. They need to fit, taper and drape perfectly, as a properly sewn sleeve can be the difference between a coat that looks high-end and a coat that screams homemade.
Beth Galvin
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There are two ways to handsew hooks and eyes to garments — the easy, rather straightforward way, and what is considered "the couture way." The primary difference is one looks prettier than the other. And, as you may have already guessed, the pretty one requires a bit more care to sew.
Linda Reynolds
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