Tag Archive: sewing 101

Dec 03

Sewing 101 – Cross Stitch Hem

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One of my favorite hand-finishes for hems is the cross stitch (also known as the catch stitch) hem.  This interlocking stitch looks like a series of little pyramids, and is extremely strong yet flexible, allowing the hem to float a little. The interlocking stitch will keep your layers of fabric close to each other, reducing …

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Dec 02

Sewing 101 – How to pin a seam


I know, it seems ridiculous – how can there be a whole blog post about pinning?  Like everything else, it’s a little more complicated than it seems at first glance. Cull the herd.  If you’re like me, you’ve had the same ratty old pincushion for about a hundred years, with a hodge-podge of pins that date …

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Feb 01

Tutorial: How to do a rolled hem by hand


One of the most challenging, frustrating fabrics to work with (at least, for ME) is chiffon.  Over the years I’ve learned various tips and tricks to working with it – some quick and dirty (machined hems!), and some time-consuming, but beautiful.  One of the prettiest techniques is doing a rolled hem by hand.  It’s a little …

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Apr 20

Working with Vintage Patterns – Let’s start at the very beginning…

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…as Julie Andrews has told us, it’s a very good place to start! For NC State University Theatre’s production of ‘Fallen Angels’, I’ll be building a series of 1930’s day dresses and evening gowns for our two female leads.  At State, we are lucky to have an extensive vintage pattern archive, with original patterns dating …

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