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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Length is key to perfect fit, and luckily, it's easy to add or subtract length to top and dress patterns via a few different methods. Start by noting where other design features, such as the waist seam, land on your body — that'll determine if you need to lengthen or shorten within the pattern pieces, or if you can just alter the hemline.
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.
While we'd never want to go back to a world without sewing machines, we have to admit that some tasks are best accomplished with a good ole needle and thread. Like when you're stitching a buttonhole, or even a hem or seam — basically anywhere you don't want those stitches to show. And in those scenarios, there's nothing better than the slip stitch.
Let's talk about princess seams: They're elegant, glam and totally classic —oh hi, Grace Kelly — and they're an easy way to add a serious dose of style. All you need to do to bring some princess-seam action to your garment is to start with a basic pattern, convert a few darts, and boom! You've just created your own chic, form-fitting design.
When it comes to pants, fit is everything. Even getting it slightly off can make the difference between a pair you wear all the time and one that lives in the drawer, causing a pang of regret every time you glance at it.
Sheer fabrics like muslin and chiffon add a touch of easy-breezy elegance to any look, but TBH they're a pain to sew. They can bunch up from the first stitch and mess up your technique so you think you'll never sew a straight seam again. Or they can sink into the needle plate, making it nearly impossible to backstitch seams so they don't come undone.
It’s official: Bravo’s Project Runway is heeeeere! While we knew this season was going to be good — we seriously couldn’t stop talking about it — the premiere episode was EVERYTHING we've been waiting for with its hot runway, new judges and fresh crop of designers and models. If we had to say only one thing after the first episode, it’d probably be the raise the roof emoji. It was that good.
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...