Using pins will help you keep your fabric in place until you've had a chance to actually sew it together. Remember, never sew over your pins — for safety, you should always remove them as you get to them.
Gathering fabric is one of those techniques that seems complicated, but doesn't have to be. It's really just about scrunching one piece of fabric to fit a smaller piece, which adds a nice puff to the shape of your project. You’ve seen it a bunch — it’s the volume you love in the waist of a skirt, or the fun ruffles on a pillow sham.
When it comes to the perfect fit, a princess seam is your BFF. It's a variation of darts, where the darts are manipulated to make a fitted garment using shaped seams. These seams can be in a bodice or skirt, and they create graceful vertical lines that elongate the body and allow adjustments across large sections of the garment.
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.
It is a fundamental law of nature that you’ll never have the right zipper in the right size and color exactly when you need it. But there’s no need to interrupt your creative flow and race out to the nearest sewing store. You can make any longer zipper in your stash work just fine — and in just a matter of minutes.
You love browsing, buying and using patterns. But making patterns — isn't that a job for the pros? Actually, there is one kind of pattern than any home sewer can, and definitely should, make. It’s called a sloper. And, no, it has nothing to do with ski wear.
Nothing kills the look of a great pair of denim like fabric pooling at the ankle. And hemming the jeans — only to lose that original cool, worn edge — hurts our souls just a smidge. That's why we dug deep to find a solution that doesn't require going to the tailor. The secret: moving the original hem up higher, and making it look like it was always there.
Sewing your own tote bag is instantly gratifying. It's one of those fast and easy projects that require hardly any fabric or tools, and it makes for a pretty impressive gift. But you know what makes it even more impressive? Adding a lining. Not only will the bag look way better, but a lining will help it last longer. Who can say no to that?!
Jeans can be such a conundrum. We want them to fit snugly all over, but too often they fit just right in the hips and legs, only to gape at the waist. Luckily, there is a solution — and it doesn't involve a belt. (Though knowing how to DIY belt loops isn't such a bad idea.)
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.
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.
From Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques, Episode: Power Bars
Do you love this bra? It's actually a lace fabric bra, with a short tapered strap, and a sheer external power bar. Anytime you want to use lace, and it doesn't have an edge, in other words it's lace fabric and maybe 45 or 60 inches wide, you can treat it like any other fabric, but to use lace edging is a whole class in itself. But lace fabric can be used very easily. In this particular bra, I've actually lined the lace fabric with the same fabric that I used in the sheer. Again, this is a 15 denier. This bra is really more for fashion, rather than the power bar being totally supportive, but it...
From Startup Library: Sewing, Episode: What You Need: Notions
An absolute must is a seam ripper, it's like your undo button or the ability to undo any mistakes that you've made sewing. It will take your seams right out. When purchasing one, make sure that it's comfortable to hold in your hand, and not too small. Like this one that might come with your sewing machine or in a kit from a relative it's just very tiny and awkward to hold. And just gives me hand cramps just looking at it. So pick one that's knife sized. Another great set to have is a tracing wheel and tracing paper. Tracing wheels come in a few different shapes and sizes. Again, make sure that...
From Sewing Lingerie: Essential Techniques, Episode: Working With Lace
So this time I'm going to show you how to put on a more decorative lace onto a straight edge. The lace we're looking at has got a straight edge at the bottom, but the other edge is a zigzag. Very similar to the lace on the pants that are behind me. If we're going to put the lace on like this we obviously can't do the method that we first just looked at, so this time this lace is going to be applied on top of the fabric, wrong side lace to right side fabric. I've already started to tack this in place, and if you think my tacks looking very untidy, it's because I'm trying to cover as much of the...
From Professional Slipcovering Techniques, Episode: Making a Cushion Insert
Now that the glue is dry on the foam, as you can see, it's one solid piece, so we are going to go ahead and wrap it with the batting. I've cut this particular piece of foam just to give you an idea. You can see the edge how wavy it is. I intentionally cut that so that you can see once we have it wrapped that this really won't matter. What you'll need first is a stapler. The one I like to use is a handheld plier type. You can look on the class materials and see the source of this particular brand. What we'll do is you'll need the batting, based on your cushion size, you will determine enough wh...
From The Perfect Jeans: Fitting Techniques for Every Body, Episode: Adjusting the Pattern to Make the Muslin
Okay, if you need to shorten your leg below the knee and you're working with a tapered or flared style jean pattern, you're gonna wanna do that right below the knee just like we adjusted right above the knee for that part, so the techniques would be the same, you would either slash and spread to make it longer, slash and overlap to make it shorter, or you could pleat out the extra length if you need to make the hem come up some. Now, if you're working with a straight leg jeans pattern, you're in luck, because the position of the knee isn't so important, and you can do your lengthening and shor...
From Pant Construction Techniques, Episode: Lining & Fly Front Waistband
- Welcome back to "Pant Construction Techniques". I'm Sandra Betzina. Today, we're going to put the waistband on the pants, we'll slip the lining in. We're going to get a lot done today. Before I did that, I thought I'd like to show you how to make a buttonhole. When I make a pant with an invisible zipper, I like to put a little tab with a button underneath. I button the pant at the top and then I just zip it up. They seem to last longer doing that. You can just take a little piece of fabric, like this, and fold it in half. We need it about two inches long. It can be your fashion fabric, I usu...
From Sewing Custom Curtains & Draperies, Episode: Grommet Curtains
♪ ♪ Welcome back. In this lesson, you will learn how to make a grommet panel and we're going to use the basic panel that we made in the last lesson. You're going to learn how to measure for the grommet panel, figure the yardage for your specific project, add grommets, and install on the window. I have a full length sample here of a grommet panel, but the one that we're going to make in class is actually going to be just below the frame. But first, I'd like to show you a unique thing about grommet panels that's different than other draperies. And that is that the curtain comes above the rod, ...
From Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper, Episode: Waist Variations & an Easy Pocket
That's your slit. Now we're gonna draft an easy pocket on a lowered waistline. You can look at the text sketch here and see the outline shape of the pocket. Here's an example of our sewn pocket. You can see the outline here. Inside I've used a fun cotton print. This is a good way to reduce bulk and it also gives some interest to the client. They can look inside and see a different kind of print inside the pocket. Here's an example of the print that I used. Here's your big picture on the pocket. We have a master pattern. Whenever you have to cut up a pattern it's best to make a master pattern. ...
From Vintage-Inspired Veils for the Modern Bride, Episode: Cathedral Veil
I'm going to take all of that netting. It's so long. My word, what are we going to do now? We are going to make a cut edge for this veil. In our lessons, we'll be showing you how to make a pencil edge, a ribbon edge. For this cathedral, we're going to show you how to do a cut edge, and a cut edge is so beautiful. Because of its clean edge, it'll disappear on your gown. So if you have a lot of detail on the back of your gown that you don't want to lose, that's what you want, a cut edge. That's the best edge for your gown. All right. I will begin by basically taking this long piece and folding i...
our midriff piece. Well, I've folded up one edge of it, the bottom edge, and that's what's going to line up against that basting stitching that you did. Same thing, your fell stitch once again, and you can see how nice and clean that's going to look. Position it carefully right here on the corner. Get it so it covers all of that and looks like a nice continuous band going up. Now remember you're working on the bias, so control the give of it and run it up the zipper. Now, you'll see that I didn't press this upper edge. That's because I'm not quite sure where it's going to go. This is biased, t...
From Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Couches & Sofas, Episode: Finishing the Slipcover
So here I've cut my zipper boxings, and I've cut them the same width as the boxing that we're having for the finished cushion. 'Cause what I do is I fold this in half so that I have a nice finished edge along the teeth of the zipper, and that way you don't have any raw edge where threads may get caught in the zipper teeth. And again, we're using that number five nylon zipper. So I'm gonna bring this under the sewing machine with my boxing folded in half. Line it up so it's about in the center of the teeth themselves. And I'm using a zipper foot here. I'm gonna lock stitch, bring all my pieces ...
From Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel, Episode: Zipper & End Panels
end panel onto the bag. This is kind of a tricky part. It's not really difficult. You just need to go slowly. Okay? So we have our end panel here, and I have it laid out so that you can see sort of how things are going to go together. So, the strap loop is here. It's going to be attached to the end of the zipper. And then, this will get sewn along the edge here, and the corner patch and the end accent will line up, and it will do so on the other side as well. So, we're going to put these right sides together and going to want to use a lot of pins, and just try to keep everything as aligned as ...