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Posts from the ‘Tutorials’ Category

  • The Button Foot & How-To Use It Posted on May 6, 2013

    Have you guys ever heard of (or used) your button foot?  No… I don’t mean your buttonhole foot, the plain old button foot. Top Down: Side View: It’s basically a rubber coated foot that has wide gaps to allow for stitching the holes of the button to your garment. The button foot is one of… Read More »

  • How to Knit a Bobble Posted on November 13, 2012

    Let’s talk bobbles… I really dislike bobbles, but so far I’m not finding them that bad.  Honestly, once I get to a bobble row it’s a welcome change from the 7 rows of stockinette. You can’t tell from the image above, but there’s a small hole to the right of each of the bobbles, that… Read More »

  • Quick Tip: Marking fabric Posted on July 25, 2012

    First of all, thanks everyone for leaving me such sweet comments about my newly-cleaned fabric.  I really hope you also find some use with the stain removal formula, but also hope you never need to.  :) As you saw on Monday’s post, I’m working on the McCall’s 4003 shirt dress pattern.  Having never worked with… Read More »

  • Stain Removal on Vintage Fabric Posted on July 23, 2012

    Over a year ago I had bought some cute 50’s or 60’s light weight cotton fabric at my local flea market.  I bought it knowing there were stains but the vendor assured me that the stains would come out.  One wash later, the stains weren’t any closer to being removed and I felt quite ripped-off. … Read More »

  • Shy Girls Guide to the Flea Posted on June 5, 2012

    A few weeks ago I was invited by Stephanie of The Girl with the Star Spangled Heart’s blog to be a guest blogger while she was out having a fab vacation in Florida.  She said I could blog about whatever my little heart desired, and I found myself writing up a post about flea markets. Shopping at the flea… Read More »

  • Fixing a Backwards Stitch in your Knits Posted on February 6, 2012

    I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I ended up taking care of my sick husband for the better part of it; luckily he took a lot of naps so I was able to get good, long chunks of sewing time in.  Just wait though… in a few days time I bet I’ll be… Read More »

  • Last week Two weeks ago I posted up a tutorial on how to reinforce an inward corner, that would receive some stress and wear.  And as promised, today’s post will touch on some other areas you can stabilize/reinforce on your pencil skirts. To recap: The pattern I’m using is the Pencil Skirt with Godet by Burda: I generally like… Read More »

  • Altering Patterns for a Bias Grainline Posted on September 26, 2011

    I started working on a 40’s blouse over the weekend that calls for a closure-placket on a side seam.  Since I really dislike having a zipper closure on a blouse (if I can help it), I decided to alter my pattern to be on the bias.  Using a bias construction gives the fabric a bit more stretch… Read More »

  • I seem to have turned into a ‘Stabilization-aholic.’ I’m a huge fan of this and it turns an “okay-project” into a “you sewed that?!” project.  You know what I’m talking about ladies, right?  :) Stabilization has many uses and takes many forms, but today I’m going to present you a tutorial on how to reinforce the center ‘V’ on any… Read More »

  • Fitting a Yoke Waistband: Part 2 Posted on September 21, 2011

    This post has been a long time coming, which is quite silly since it’s so simple.  I meant to take another photo of the muslined yoke waistband, but hadn’t gotten around to doing so.  I’m soo close to having the actual skirt finished that I figured you guys wouldn’t mind waiting a bit more to see… Read More »