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

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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

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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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