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Sleeves, Necklines, Collars, & Dress Types. I’ve recently ventured into drafting patterns starting from my basic bodice and skirt sloper.

Sleeves, Necklines, Collars, & Dress Types

The fit issues are minimal, since the sloper is made skin tight. Design ease is added as you go along.

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Yardage Charts - J&O Fabrics. Bedding Yardage Fabric for bedding is often overlooked because of a lack of variety or because of the expense associated with department store prices.

Yardage Charts - J&O Fabrics

However, at J&O Fabrics' online fabric store we carry an extensive selection of fabrics that are appropriate for bedding. These are designer fabrics at discount prices that are ideal for bedspreads, pillow covers, sheets, blankets, duvets, dust ruffles and so on. With the following charts J&O offers some estimates on how many yards you may need for specific bedding projects. These charts are not intended to exhaustively treat every possible bedding project, but rather to give approximate yardages for some of the most common. Sewing with Knits...It CAN Be Fun! January 6th, 2009 Email 3 users recommend Use a fusible knit interfacing on the wrong side of your knits before sewing buttonholes.

Sewing with Knits...It CAN Be Fun!

Shannon Dennis. Sewing Tips for Sewing Darts. How To Sew Darts - Coletterie. For beginners, sewing darts tends to seem like a complicated step.

How To Sew Darts - Coletterie

I know that I was confused about getting a straight line and ending right at the point. Double pointed darts seemed even more confusing. After some time spent practicing, I was able to master the art of the dart.

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Buttons, Zippers & Embellishments. Fabric Cutting Techniques & Tricks. I had a run in with a piece of rayon spandex jersey this past week.

Fabric Cutting Techniques & Tricks

I ended up cutting it with an underlay to keep it from moving around. It reminded me that an underlay is useful for other things besides chiffon, georgette, and charmeuse. WHAT IS AN UNDERLAY? An underlay is a piece of paper placed under the fabric that you are going to cut. It keeps the fabric from shifting in the cutting process and going off grain. WHY DO I NEED TO DO THIS? If you are cutting pairs, like 2 sleeves or 2 fronts, make sure you lay your fabrics face to face so that you don’t end up with 2 left sleeves. ESTABLISH A STRAIGHT GRAIN If it’s a fabric you can tear, like chiffon, that’s the easiest way to establish the straight grain.

Use weights to hold the start of the fabric at the line you have drawn at a right angle from the edge, across your paper underlay. PLACE YOUR PATTERN ON TOP OF THE FABRIC Place your pattern on the top and use the weights to hold the pattern down. Do not use pins! Like this: Seven Essential Sewing Skills.

Tasia from Sewaholic and Sewaholic Patterns wows us with her incredible style and sewing skills.

Seven Essential Sewing Skills

Her blog is one of our favorite daily reads! Have you seen all of the gorgeous versions of her Lonsdale Dress out there on Flickr, Pinterest and your favorite blogs, all sewn up this past summer? Tasia inspires, and teaches along the way too; she is a fabulous resource for sewing techniques and more on her blog.

20 Ways To Improve Your Sewing. Improve your sewing by marking things that matter Prioritize pattern size for a better fit Learn the difference between topstitching and edgestitching by Barbara Emodifrom Threads #79, pp. 38-40.

20 Ways To Improve Your Sewing

Sewing: Linings & Interfacings

Gathering, Smocking, Ruching. DIY Custom Fabric Labels. Custom clothing labels using iron-on transfers (©2005, www.grumperina.com.

DIY Custom Fabric Labels

Updated September 13th, 2010. Information and images contained within this tutorial are copyrighted and cannot be used for any unintended purposes without my explicit permission. E-mail me.) Many people have asked how I make these adorable and completely customized labels for my handknits: It's simple, cheap, creative, and allows me to put the recipient's name, fabric content, care instructions, and even a little cartoon on the label! Click here to proceed with the tutorial: You will need: - inkjet printer - iron (no steam!)

- satin ribbon, 5/8" - 1/2" wide, or whatever is suitable for your project - anti-fraying liquid (Fray Check , Fray Block, etc.) Fabric Labels Tutorial. Make Your Own Clothing Labels. This is part 2 of my 3 part label tutorial for textiles like clothing and bedding.

Make Your Own Clothing Labels

Here are the 3 chapters: part 1 – what to say (or what the FTC wants you to put on your labels) How To Sew A Circular Bottom Neatly. Round bottom is a nice feature not only for bag bottom but also for a cylindrical pouches and bags. Here is how! Step 1. Appliqueing With Used Dryer Sheets. I'm not a big time holiday or season decorator. what i have up is what i have up all year round, usually. except for a little something here and there.well here's a tutorial to add a little something springish to your home.oh and i'm going to show you how you can use old dryer sheets to make it happen. what you will need.scraps of fabric (i used one of my opened charm packs of kate spain's Verna line for moda. love that line!)

Appliqueing With Used Dryer Sheets

A metal hoop. or a wood one will be just fine as well.dryer sheet that's been used already in your dryer. so your dryer sheet right as it comes out of the dryer is probably really wrinkled. with a sharpie i traced my drawn egg onto my ironed dryer sheet.

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