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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.