What Are Pinking Shears And How To Use Them?

Pinking shears are special shears with zig-zag shaped blades. Their purpose is to create decorative seam finishes or hems of non-woven fabric (see the images below). This post will answer these questions: How to cut with pinking shears? Can I use pinking shears to cut woven fabric? How to finish edges of woven fabric withContinue reading “What Are Pinking Shears And How To Use Them?”

How To Pleat Fabric? Part 4 – Advanced Permanent Pleats

In my previous blog posts, I describe how to hand pleat fabric at home by applying heat in order to create permanent accordion pleats or permanent knife pleats. This time I am showing how to create a more advanced permanently pleated fabric. For demonstration purposes, I’ll be working with a piece of chiffon fabric thatContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 4 – Advanced Permanent Pleats”

What Are Gathers And How To Gather Fabric Easily?

There are multiple ways to gather fabric. I have tried all of them and again and again I was either unhappy with the outcome or struggled with broken threads. Nevertheless, after many experiments the “yes, this is it” moment came and it hasn’t failed me since. No wonder that it has quickly become my favouriteContinue reading “What Are Gathers And How To Gather Fabric Easily?”

Book Review: Make Your Own Dress Patterns

Adele P. Margolis, Dover Publications, 2006 “Anyone who can work through the labyrinthian directions for sewing that company the commercial pattern can surely learn the comparatively simple and clear rules for pattern making” says Adele Margolis, author of the book in question.  This book was first published back in 1985 and the 2006 release isContinue reading “Book Review: Make Your Own Dress Patterns”

How To Sew Faster And Easier With These Tools?

When I started sewing, everything took me far too long. Yet, over time I have gained more skills and also collected a few sewing accessories that really simplify my work and make sewing much easier and faster. In this blog post, I will share with you my favourite sewing accessories I use most frequently andContinue reading “How To Sew Faster And Easier With These Tools?”

How To Pleat Fabric? Part 3 – Pleated Fabric Samples

After reading book Paul Jackson’s book and refining the technique for hand pleating fabric at home with heat, I have decided to try hand pleating at home. I made pleated fabric samples from these fabrics: tulle, chiffon georgette, crystal organza, mirror organza, satin, crêpe satin, micro satin and duchess satin. For each fabric I madeContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 3 – Pleated Fabric Samples”

How To Pleat Fabric? Part 2 – Permanent Knife Pleats

In my very first blog post about pleating fabric, I have described how to pleat an accordion type of pleats. In this post, I will show you how to permanently hand pleat knife pleats – another common type of pleats. These, unlike the accordion pleats lie flat (see the images below). In this blog postContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 2 – Permanent Knife Pleats”

Exercise Sewing By Using Sewing Practice Sheets

How do I sew straight seams? How do I sew curved seams? These are the most common questions, and often a nightmare, of every sewing beginner. I was asking myself the same question. The most common advice is to practise, practise, and practise. All right, but how? Well, with just a few sheets of sewingContinue reading “Exercise Sewing By Using Sewing Practice Sheets”