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DIY Professor Trelawney Socks/Leg Warmers

For this year’s Halloween (2022) my family and I decided to dress as characters from Harry Potter movies. In this blog post, I’m going to describe how to make the Sybill Trelawney socks/leg warmers that will be part of professor Trelawney’s costume. (Sybill is a fortune-teller and professor at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft andContinue reading “DIY Professor Trelawney Socks/Leg Warmers”

DIY Professor Sybill Trelawney costume skirt tutorial.

Simple Tutorial – DIY Sybill Trelawney Funny Costume Skirt

For this year’s (2022) Halloween my family and I decided to dress as characters from the Harry Potter movies. In this blog post, I’m going to describe how to make a Sybill Trelawney outfit (skirt) that I’m going to wear myself ;). (Sybill is a fortune-teller and professor at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft andContinue reading “Simple Tutorial – DIY Sybill Trelawney Funny Costume Skirt”

How to sew an elastic waist band casing tutorial images.

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”

Examples of most common seam finishes: pinked edges, zig zag stitch, 3 step zig zag stitch and overlocked edge.

What Are The Most Common Seam Finishes?

Together with selecting fabric, seam allowance width, or cutting pattern pieces, type of seam finishes is one of the things you decide on before starting any sewing project. Before you start, consider the following: Type of fabric (knit, woven, non-woven) Woven fabric density Sheerness and transparency of fabric Fabric thickness Type of garment or sewingContinue reading “What Are The Most Common Seam Finishes?”

What Are Flounces And How To Sew Them?

What are flounces? Flounces, sometimes also called circle gathers, are decorative elements made from a circle-shaped piece of fabric. By straightening the inner (smaller) circle of the fabric or accommodating it to shape other than the initial circle, flounces are created (see the images below). In this blog post you will also learn about: MostContinue reading “What Are Flounces And How To Sew Them?”

How To Pin Fabric?

Pinning might look easy and straightforward. Yet, there are multiple methods of pinning the fabric and, depending on what you do, one may prove a better choice for some reason. Are you asking why? Let me touch on this in my today’s contribution. Pin with classic pins along seam allowance I use this type ofContinue reading “How To Pin Fabric?”

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”

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 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 1 – Permanent Accordion Pleats

After I have read PauI Jackson’s book about pleating, I felt really inspired to start hand pleating fabric. How to hand pleat fabric at home is touched on in the publication fairly briefly and the lack of detail has led me to trying out my own ideas and resulted in slightly refined methods compared withContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 1 – Permanent Accordion Pleats”

Book Review: Complete Pleats

Pleating techniques for fashion, architecture and design by Paul Jackson Laurence King Publishing, 2015 This is one of my favourite books and I consider it as the most important publication for someone who desires to create their own pleating designs. Actually, this is my first book about pleating. Complete Pleats offers plenty of schemes, well-writtenContinue reading “Book Review: Complete Pleats”

How To Make Flower Applique – Faux Chenille Style

Having finished my first dress with a heart applique followed by a tunic with a butterfly, I intended to make another dress for my daughter and decided to further experiment with the faux-chenille style I came across in Ann Small’s book. While experimenting with fabric cutting, it occurred to me that creating small fabric appliqueContinue reading “How To Make Flower Applique – Faux Chenille Style”

Pattern Making for Kids’ Clothes by Carla Hegeman Crim

Barron’s 2014 I bought this publication on pattern making as I was looking for a book about fashion design for kids. The book promises information about designing, adapting and customising patterns. In this particular case, the term designing means creating various designs based on basic slopers for kids’ wear provided by the author. QR codeContinue reading “Pattern Making for Kids’ Clothes by Carla Hegeman Crim”

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