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Tutorial: How to Make a Pencil Skirt. For a pencil skirt, you’re going to want a relatively strong fabric.

Tutorial: How to Make a Pencil Skirt

It also helps if the fabric has some stretch to it. Stretch twill works well. Technique tutorial: darts. If you’ve ever seen a pattern with little triangles on it like the drawing below, those are darts.

technique tutorial: darts

Difficulty: Darts are one of those things that most people think are really hard, so they don’t want to learn how to do them. They aren’t really hard at all- if you’ve got a baggy spot on a garment, you pinch it til it fits, pin it, and sew. Once you get the hang of darts, they are indispensable when you’re making something that needs a tailored fit. 10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials.

Totes make great handmade gifts.

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials

Here is a Tuesday Ten that shows a round-up of lovely totes. If you love to sew you might also like these free sewing tutorials right here on Skip to my Lou! Fashion, Sewing Patterns, Inspiration, Community, and Learning | Make This Look.