• Sewing Tips

    Trueing the Shoulder

    Quick post here: I just downloaded a new pattern release with a square neckline, which I love…..however the neckline wasn’t trued at the shoulder front-to-back. “Trueing” is the finishing step in patternmaking that ensures seam corners measure 90-degrees (a “true” right angle) so that when a seam is stitched, the result is a smooth edge line without peaks or jagged edges. There is an easy fix, so let me show you how to true the neckline in case you ever run into this issue with a similar style. … Here is the front bodice: notice that the shoulder at the neckline…

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    On Creativity versus Copying

    Question: If you knew how to draft patterns, would you use that talent to bring your own ideas to life, to create anything in your imagination….or would you copy somebody else’s unique vision? …………………………………………………………………………. In the endless sea of beautiful…

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    An Ode to Schiffli Embroidery

    Yesterday I took my daughter, who is studying character design and visual development, to see “Toy Story 4”. We were both mesmerized by the detail in every visual aspect of the film, from textures to backgrounds, which have become so…

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    “What is deadstock fabric, and where can I get some?”

    (Continued from my previous post about sustainable fabric sourcing: https://7pinedesign.com/sustainable-fabric-shopping ) About half of my sewing projects are made with non-traditional fabric: materials not originally meant for the home-sewing market: upcycled vintage linens upcycled wedding gowns “deadstock” fabric People ask…

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    Sustainable Fabric Shopping

    Last week I was blessed with a couple of free days in New York City, thanks to my husband’s travel mile rewards, and our daughter’s college graduation ceremony. Since she attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she never had much opportunity…

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    Saying “Thank You”

    As a Tech Designer, I was trained to be objective, rational. It doesn’t matter whether or not you personally care for the designer’s vision, the job is to make it fit and get the factory to understand how how to…

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    Fabric Shopping in Rome

    Last week my husband and I took our daughter to Rome for her last Spring Break before graduation from design school. Italy has special memories for Peter and me, because coincidentally both of our dads held 4-year ex-patriot stints there…