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Best-Ever Bias-Tape How-To

(Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/7pinedesign/7-pine-design/) Some of the cutest sewing patterns  use bias-tape-trim: strips of fabric cut diagonal to the fabric selvedges.  Bias tape can be folded into binding, or stitched around cord to make piping. I love bias-tape-trim, but I’ve  struggled with the most … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: Brownie Goose “Junie”

My first Brownie Goose pattern!  Although I’ve purchased way too many pdfs over the past year, I still scan the new releases to see if there’s anything I “need”.  The “Junie” struck me as so very vintage-yet-fresh, simple-yet-clever….like something a … Continue reading

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A-line Skirt: “Slash-and-Spread” Method

…… In pattern drafting, you often want to add fullness to the shape of a pattern piece: The CORRECT way to add fullness is from WITHIN the pattern piece. The INCORRECT way is to tack on more to the OUTSIDE the … Continue reading

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How to Fix Mirrored Front/Back Rises

Are people shaped the same in the front and back?  No, never.  ….…… Our bums are generally  larger than our bellies (with the exception of maternity-wear), plus additional length is required in the back rise because we move our legs forward … Continue reading

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Charity sewing: for the Angel Babies (Free Pattern)

Recently I posted about a special sewing project, and mentioned that I was cutting up a vintage wedding dress to make a sash. I promised to explain why I was disassembling the wedding gown, so here goes.  A lovely heartfelt project … Continue reading

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How to use Sewing Blocks

What are “blocks”, where do I get them, and how do I use them? Previously I blogged about  how a  basic SLOPER is used to make multiple BLOCKS, which are used to create endless PATTERNS. When you hear the word “block” … Continue reading

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