Browsing Tag: sewing

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 […]

Recycled Thread

Just spotted this in one of my local Haberdashery spots, Creativity in Bristol. How cool? The “Sew-all Thread 100 m rPET” is the new sewing thread from Gütermann Creativ made of 100 % recycled polyester. It currently retails in a fairly basic range of colours however; the Gutterman website says the advantages (as well as being […]

Notions: Measuring the Grain

From McCall’s sewing in Colour. When placing a pattern piece on to the fabric in preparation for cutting it is obviously incredibly important to make sure it is cut out in the correct Grain. Straight Grain isn’t stretchy, & Cross Grain or Bias Cut is. This means that unless the pattern has been designed to […]