Notions: Hemming by Hand

I am afraid I am one of those dreadful bores of a teacher who insists that Hemming is done by hand! It just looks simply beautiful, & gives a truly professional finish to a garment that has been carefully stitched together, by hand. I have taken this Tutorial from my Simple A-Line Skirt Tutorial because this subject has come up …

Notions: Basic Patch Pockets

Recently I seem to have been teaching students how to do various forms of Patch Pockets so I thought I’d add this little Tutorial and follow it up with some variants upon the theme including a Pleated Patch Pocket.  Patch Pockets are super duper easy but care us needed when Top Stitching the Pocket to the Main Fabric. The more …

Pattern Making Musings: IN-HOUSE Patterns

Alexandra, of IN-HOUSE Patterns, was enormously enthusiastic when I contacted her about Pattern Month, and was more than happy to answer a couple questions about how she works and what design element she is most proud of amongst other things. Alexandra is most generously offering an IN-HOUSE Pattern of your choice in our first give away! My particular favourite, the …

Notions: Grading a Seam

  From McCall’s Sewing in Colour Often when working with commercial patterns they will ask for a seam to be ‘graded’. This term refers to a process which makes the seam thinner, or lighter & reduces the bulk of a garment. It is actually something which will help any Hand Made garment look more professionally finished & make the finished, …

Notions: 7 Steps to Perfect Darts

Forgive the lateness, I have been terribly ill with a throat infection! Darts – a Reverse Approach tutorial from Burda This week the lovely ladies on my Beginners Dressmaking course at Flo-Jo Boutique seemed to all be tackling darts, so with a little help from Burda I though I’d talk a little about them. …”darts play an important role in …