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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 accordion type of pleat. For demonstration purposes, I’ll be working with a piece of fabric thatContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 4 – Advanced Permanent Pleats”

What Are Gathers And How To Gather Fabric Easily?

I have tried various methods of gathering fabric 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 favourite way of cloth gathering. InContinue reading “What Are Gathers And How To Gather Fabric Easily?”

Book Review: Make Your Own Dress Patterns by 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 is it’s unabridged republication.Continue reading “Book Review: Make Your Own Dress Patterns by Adele P. Margolis”

How To Pleat Fabric? Part 3 – Permanently 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 hand pleat different 100% polyester fabrics at home. Tulle, chiffon, crinkle chiffon, georgette, crystal organza, mirror organza, satin, crêpe satin, micro satin and duchesse satin. For each fabric I made a pleated sampleContinue reading “How To Pleat Fabric? Part 3 – Permanently 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 different materials. 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 comparedContinue 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. Complete Pleats offers plenty of schemes, well written step-by-step folding instructions and photos of folded paper. There are also a few images of how pleatsContinue reading “Book Review: Complete Pleats, Pleating techniques for fashion, architecture and design by Paul Jackson”

How To Make Fabric Flowers – 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 second 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 flowersContinue reading “How To Make Fabric Flowers – Faux Chenille Style”

Pattern Making for Kids’ Clothes by Carla Hegeman Crim

Barron’s 2014 I bought this publication 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. There are QR codes forContinue reading “Pattern Making for Kids’ Clothes by Carla Hegeman Crim”