What Are Box Pleats And How To Sew Them – Part 1

What are box pleats? A box pleat is a piece of fabric folded in such a way that a box-like shape is created. Box pleats are a series of multiple fabric pleats (see the images below). They add fullness to a garment or part of a garment. You can use them to make a wholeContinue reading “What Are Box Pleats And How To Sew Them – Part 1”

DIY Project – Luna Lovegood Butterbeer Cork Necklace

For this year’s (i.e. 2022) Halloween I and my family have decided to dress as various characters from the Harry Potter Movies. One of them will be Luna Lovegood and in this blog post I would like to show you how to make a butterbeer cork necklace that is supposed to keep away Nargles (smallContinue reading “DIY Project – Luna Lovegood Butterbeer Cork Necklace”

How To Sew An Easy Bubble Skirt

In my previous blog post, I have closely described how to draft a bubble skirt (also known as a balloon skirt) pattern with an elastic rib jersey waist. In this post, I will explain how to sew such a skirt. If you do not have a bubble skirt pattern yet, use the simple pattern calculatorContinue reading “How To Sew An Easy Bubble Skirt”

How To Draw A Circle Without A Compass

When drafting patterns, sometimes you have to draw a large circle. This applies mainly to large, circular pattern pieces like circle skirts or flounces. In this blog pos I’m going to describe, how to draw circles without a pair of compasses as to buy one with long arms is almost impossible. I’ll demonstrate this methodContinue reading “How To Draw A Circle Without A Compass”

How To Sew A Casing For An Elastic Waistband – 3 Methods

A casing for an elastic waistband is an easy solution how to add an elastic to the waist of different garments and hide it. It is suitable for gathered skirts, trousers, leggings or sweatpants. In this tutorial I will describe three different ways of sewing such a casing. Each one has a different difficulty level.Continue reading “How To Sew A Casing For An Elastic Waistband – 3 Methods”

DIY: How To Draw A Circle Skirt Pattern?

If you have tried my online circle skirt calculator or used the formulas for different types of circle skirts (also referred to as circular skirts), you ended up with three numbers: angle under which the circle skirt pattern is drawn, circle radius for the waist and circle radius for the hem of the skirt. InContinue reading “DIY: How To Draw A Circle Skirt Pattern?”

How To Pleat Fabric? Part 5 – How To Hem Pleated Fabric?

If you have already read my blog post about pleating accordion pleats or pleating knife pleats, you may also wish to learn how to hem pleated fabric. Should I finish the hem before pleating the fabric or after? I have tried various methods of hemming both before and after pleating the fabric. In this blogContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 5 – How To Hem Pleated Fabric?”

How to make your own bias binding tape maker?

In my previous blog posts, I have described how to decorate hems and fabric with bias tapes. And also how to make your own bias tapes using a bias tape maker you can buy in the shop. In this post I’m going to show you how to make your own DIY bias tape maker. ToContinue reading “How to make your own bias binding tape maker?”