This quick boxy pouch tutorial has been in high demand by our students ever since we started teaching this little project at the end of our Sewing 101 class. If there’s enough time after finishing their main projects (and after celebrating with wine or cookies, of course), students have the choice of whipping up a satisfying… Read More Quick n’ Dirty Boxy Pouch Tutorial
Two days before my birthday, I decided to make a whole new outfit to wear for the occasion. As you do. I seem to specialize in setting dumb self-imposed sewing deadlines for special events, but I don’t think I’m alone in that. ..Right? After I hastily sewed a new black dress and a lacy cardigan… Read More Pattern Review: Silvia Coatigan
Alright, we continue our adventures in pocketeering and bring you a tutorial that covers relatively uncharted territory in the internet wilderness: How do you add in-seam pockets to a skirt or dress when one of those seams includes an invisible zipper? In a dull moment I thought I could just install the pockets as usual (one to… Read More How to sew an invisible zipper in a side seam with pocket
I don’t know much about the commercial pattern printing biz, but at some point in a pattern’s life, some bigwig deems it unfit to be sewn anymore and it gets the “OOP” (out-of-print) status of shame. Does it have to do with how many sales (or lack thereof) it generates, or is it just the need to clear the… Read More Vogue 8631 OR How to Ignore Pattern Cover Art
Sometimes a pattern surprises you. When True Bias released the Southport Dress, I puffed myself up with that passing confidence of “I could probably draft something similar myself,” though I should know by now that “drafting something myself” is a rare occasion.
Later on, Mali & I were discussing adding more pattern options for our Sewing 201 class (intro to garment making), and in researching simple woven dresses offered in PDF, we decided the Southport Dress, sans button placket, fit the bill. And I kinda fell in love with my first sample. And then made it again, and again, and — yea — again.
This is one of those versions!… Read More True Bias Southport Dress