Browsing Tag: teaching sewing

Vintage patterns!

I have just been given some Vintage patterns! I keep reading how this happens to others, & have always been envious & now I am the one! Splendid! Most are hilariously out dated, the 70s and 80s highlighted in unflattering illustrations & oddly posed photos with even odder fabric choices (why do they never make […]

Consider my mind blown…

If you want to make cloths, or know a bit but are a tad nervous to start creating the grandiose creations from you head, look at this! DIYcouture has made two unusual clothing collections: rather than purchasing a garment, the DIYcouture customer purchases a set of simple, visual instructions, which enable them to make that garment […]

Tutorial: How to sew on a button

For my first photographic tutorial I have decided to illustrate how to sew on a button. This is my most frequently asked question & as store bought clothing constantly lets us down on this front it’s useful skill to master! Firstly you’ll need to know that there are several different types of button, and these […]

Sewing Hints & Tips #5

 a)  b) Herringbone stitch, often called Catch Stitch, is a most useful little stitch to know. I use it primarily as a hemming stitch however; it has many other applications.  As you can see from the below diagrams, it is a version of Back Stitch, in Cross Stitch form. If using for a hem, only pick […]

Draping a Victorian Bustle

As my Midnight Sewers’ Group wants to make Bustle Skirts next I have been digging around online & I’ve just stumbled across a wonderful illustration from Peterson’s Ladies National Magazine deconstructing how a bustle would have been draped. As a Costume Designer & Maker, I find I can figure out fairly accurately from the illustrations, paintings & photographs […]

Sewing Hints & Tips #4

When threading a needle to begin sewing, make the thread twice as long as usual. Fold the thread in half and thread the resultant loop through the eye of the needle. Pull the loop longer than the two loose ends. Take a stitch, thread the needle through the loop and pull tight. Voila! a secure […]

Sewing Hints & Tips #3

The difference between Petersham & Grosgrain Ribbon: Both ribbons are ribbed & have a matte finish however; there is a very big difference: the edge finish. Grosgrain ribbon has a sealed edge (2), and Petersham (1) has a scalloped edge that is woven in one with the rest of the ribbon.  1.   2.  That scalloped […]

Sewing Hints & Tips #2

To make a hem on a chiffon garment: Sew a straight stitch about 0.5cm or 1/4″ to 1.5cm or 3/8″ away from the cut edge. Iron the hem up at the stitched line.  The stitched line will help the iron naturally turn the fabric. Stitch the turned area down with a straight stitch, just above […]