Notions: Machine Button Holes

It’s confession time: I love, love, love Buttons & Button Holes! I am fortunate to have a Machine (aah Pfaff, you are wonderful!), which eats Button Holes for breakfast. Having worked on many Machines- new & old- which don’t do such great Button Holes I appreciate how wonderful this is. I collect & use Vintage […]

Notions: Insert a Zip

The following instructions illustrate how to insert a Zip simply, which can be used in Dresses & Skirts. It is not specifically concealed however; when sewn correctly there should be two folds of fabric which fit neatly over the Zip as in the final photograph. It is hands down the simplest way of inserting a […]

Notions: Cutting Patterned Fabric

From McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking, Marian Corey  1951 You will always need a little extra fabric when using Checks, Plaids or Patterns. This will sometimes be noted in the Dress Pattern however, it is advisable, when using large Pattern Prints, to allow an extra drop. A drop is a repeat of the pattern- find […]

Notions: Bind a Corset

   When sewing bias binding to the top or bottom of a corset, match all seams & pin together as you would like them to be sewn. Zigzag close to the edge (so that when the binding is applied you do not see it) across the top. This will keep all of the pieces nicely together […]

Notions: How to Pin

From McCall’s Sewing in Colour When sewing a seam in garment construction, first match all notches or tailors tacks then pin at a right angle to the seam as illustrated above. This will mean that when sewing, the machine will stitch straight over the pins. This is an especially neat trick when sewing more complicated, or curved […]