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Too much is never enough for actress, singer, dancer and expert sewist Marcy Harriell. From a jazzy jean jacket to a feathered mini, watch her transform old clothes into next-level glam ... all in a day's work.
Marcy Harriell
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Shirt Collar
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Sure, you can sew a shirt collar no problem. But does it always have that crisp, snappy look? If not, you may be missing out on a major secret: trimming.
Beth Galvin
side zipper on a green dress worn by a woman
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Unless you're a circus contortionist, you may need to unzip, unbutton, untie or otherwise open a fitted garment in order to wriggle in and out of it. And while closures have an important function, they're also a fun way to give a garment a little personality. Here's a short guide to the five most commonly used garment closures, and what each one can do for you.
Rochelle New
ruler, measuring tape and staystitching tools
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We've all been there: A pattern tells us to staystitch and we, um, don't. Given that staystitching is done on a single layer of fabric and doesn’t even show in the finished piece, skipping it doesn’t seem like a big deal. How important could it really be?
Maris Olsen
Woman showing off blazer coat lining
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The outer construction of a garment gets all the likes. But no dress, coat or pair of pants would look nearly as good (or feel nearly as nice) if it weren’t for the interlining, lining, facing and interfacing.
Julia Garza
blue patterned garment on mannequin
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Ladies and gentlemen: In this corner, the middleweight champion of the world, bias bindings! And in this corner, the other middleweight champion of the world, facings! Let's get ready to rumble!
Beth Galvin
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We know that only the most eagle-eyed sewing pro can spot the difference between a hand-worked buttonhole and a machine-sewn one. Doesn't matter! Sewing buttonholes by hand is a next-level skill that's definitely worth the effort.
Christine Haynes
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Anyone who sews clothes is familiar with the B word. It's a nasty four-letter-word, so cover your ears: BULK.
Linda Reynolds
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Picture this: You walk into a party in a fierce outfit and someone whispers, "Hey, who are you wearing?" It's the red carpet dream. Your dress slays, and you know it. Now imagine your answer is, "Oh, this? I made it myself." Drop the mic.
Beth Galvin
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Grab your favorite pair of jeans. Are they skinny jeans, high-waisted, baggy, boot-legged or flared? Whatever style you're rocking, here's a bet that it has one obvious feature, besides denim: topstitching.
Andrea Brown
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