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Free Pattern: Bow Headband

The best thing about sewing is making exactly what you want. I was looking for a free pattern or tutorial online for a “Bunny-ear” or “Dolly-bow” headband….but I couldn’t find one with the specifics I was after: woven fabric (since I have so … Continue reading

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Free Pattern: Wing-Collar Shirt Dickey

Many of my sewing projects are born of necessity, in other words they are “needs” instead of “wants”. This is one of those. My dear friend Allison has a job that requires wearing a uniform smock, and recently management decided that staff … Continue reading

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Simple Preemie Angel Gown: Free Pattern

How to make the easiest,  fastest “angel gowns” for newborns and preemies In my previous post about sewing angel cocoons, I promised to write about sewing angel gowns.  If you sew for charities that provide angel gowns for  the tiniest of … Continue reading

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Another Way to Finish Waist Seams on Dresses

When sewing a gathered skirt to a bodice, I find that these are the  two most common home-sewing-pattern  instruction methods for finishing the seam allowance: 1. Clean-finish couture“: press skirt seam allowance up towards bodice, and press bodice lining seam allowance under (left), … Continue reading

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How to Eliminate Crotch Bunching

Wrap shorts were a trend when I was a teenager (they were called “Hawaiian shorts): ……

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Trueing the Crotch/Rise Intersection

Sewing patterns must be “trued” to ensure a smooth edge wherever a seam ends, so that the joined pieces are  ready for the next step in construction.  The top and bottom corners of each pattern edge should be as close as possible to … Continue reading

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Pants Rise: Shape versus Size

Quick post: Sometimes you can see what’s happening with garment fit by playing with the paper pattern. I came across this free Baby Bloomer pattern on Craftsy this evening: There’s just about no shape/angle/curve/hook  to the front and back rises.   … Continue reading

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Alpha Testing: Measure, Walk, True

When a sewing pattern is released for sale, it has been  (hopefully) both Alpha and Beta tested: that means it has been tested by professionals and by amateurs.  You may have participated in Beta testing yourself, or read posts from … Continue reading

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Elastic Casings the Easy Way

  (Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/7pinedesign/7-pine-design/) What was your first apparel sewing project?  Chances are that it was an elastic-waist skirt, an elastic-waist pajama pant, or an elastic-neckline peasant dress: simple, un-fitted silhouettes with minimal pattern pieces. What was your least favorite step? … Continue reading

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Free Pattern: Bias-trim Pocket

Last week I was making the Brownie Goose  “Junie”  dress and decided I’d like to add pockets, and since I was already making bias tape for the dress, I made pockets trimmed with the bias tape: Rounded pockets are great because … Continue reading

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