The Mad Seamstress Awakes From His Slumber

Woah I had a weird dream last night. I just woke up a minute ago. It started with me being at some high class fashion events and being able to go back stage… Then someone, an older woman with grand tastes and deep pockets, asks me to be her fashion assistant and to start off…

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2 Major Steps to Making Sure Your Garment Fits

As we go about our years, sewing, designing, and patternmaking (and what-not) our goal is not just to make cute clothing, but cute clothing that fits. Clothing that might look cute on paper but looks wompy in real life IS NOT still cute by default. It has to fit as well. So here’s a few…

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Abby Probably Stuck it in Backwards :(

Youtuber Abby Oreke is having trouble sewing… “hey I need help. the thread keeps coming out the needle while sewing. how can I fix it?” Well let’s look at that from 2 different angles… If the thread is breaking after you’ve sewn a few stitches, it could be… 1)The needle is turned around backwards (especially…

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How the Spice Girls Changed My History

I hope you had a great Christmas/holiday Season! We’re off to a new year full of new struggles and new successes! I went out of town with my mom and little bro right after Christmas like we usually do every year. We always listen to music on the drive to see my grandmom. And the…

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Does Stretch Fabric Have a Bias Grain?

I suppose you could argue that stretch fabric does have a bias grain since you can definitely find the diagonal grain as with any fabric. Though I’m not sure how it works… I’ve never used the diagonal grain (bias)on purpose on a stretch piece of fabric, I never needed to. The regular vertical and horizontal…

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Why the Bias Can’t Replace the Stretch Fabric

Yesterday we talked about bias and how you could easily run into trouble when you take a pattern that’s supposed to be used on the straight grain and you turn around use it on the bias. It is important to note that this has more to do with woven (non-stretch) fabric than it does with…

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The Bias and the Chinese Finger Trap| Beginner Basics Tuesday

Hi! The bias cut… As complicated as it seems, I found an interesting connection between a piece of fabric cut on the bias and the chinese finger trap. The chinese finger trap is an old pranking device made of bamboo strips of paper that are woven into a tube shape. Instead of the strips of…

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How Would You Cut a Tunic on the Bias?| Q&A Monday

A question comes from an email subscriber named Robyn from Australia: “Hi Chris, Could you show us please how to draft a pattern for a tunic which is flared from just under the bustline so that the flare is evenly dispersed and not just at the sides. I am thinking in order to get the…

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Did you know about Rolled Hem Presser Foot? | Beginner Basics Thursday

So after yesterday’s question about how to hem curved hemlines, I figured it would be appropriate to give you a recommendation for how to easily accomplish a rolled hem. Now, even though I’ve only sewn little narrow rolled hems by hand, I understand that there’s an easier way to get rolled hems done. So I…

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How to Hem Dipped & Shaped Hemlines| Q&A wednesday

Hey there and welcome to another Q&A Wednesday! Today I have a question from a Youtuber named e bryan that says, “Hi Chris, Found this video invaluable. Can you also produce a video that looks at how best to treat and hem dipped hemlines that will not calculate 180 degrees. Where you would want to…

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