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Fitting and Adjustments
Stitches, Seams, and Hems
Working with Fabric
Full instructions for using this vintage tool to create perfect bound buttonholes.
Dritz Bound Buttonhole Tool
Zoe's tips for incorporating tucks into your sewing.
Tips for Tucks
Carrie explains how to create a template for perfect, matching patch pockets.
Make a Template for Patch Pockets
Learn how to sew piping into a seam, creating a piped edge.
How to Sew Piping in a Garment
This fun detail can be added to the Violet or any article of clothing with buttons.
With this tutorial you'll learn how to add some pretty lace to your shirt's collar.
Sweet Lace Collar
Sew nice and even tucks on the Violet shirt for an added detail.
Tucks on the Violet
Rouleau is a beautiful way to add a detail to any garment. With this tutorial, you'll learn to make a rouleau pocket with bias tape.
Pretty Rouleau Pocket
Learn to make and sew with flat piping.
Scallops add a fun touch to any garment. Using the Sorbetto pattern, learn how to adjust the pattern and create your custom shaped scallops.
Easy Scalloped Hem
Add contrasting thread when topstitching.
Learn how to add corded pintucks to your delicates.
This tutorial shows you how to recreate a vintage detail you can add to any garment.
Adjust your pattern to add a lovely lace insert.
Lace Yoke Insert
This tutorial shows you how to add lovely lace inserts for a vintage touch.
Learn to add vintage details like lace applique and trim to a garment.
Lace Applique and Trim
You can make so many designs with surface cording. This tutorial shows you how to apply them to a garment.
Vintage details such as this ruffled fan are a great added touch to any garment.
Ruffle Fan Detail
Using the Nancy Zieman method, learn to make simple thread belt loops.
Thread Belt Loops
Fitting and Adjustments
Gertie explains how to adjust a pattern for a smaller cup size, using the Parfait pattern.
How to do a small bust adjustment
Another method for doing a small bust adjustment using the same concepts with more of a flat pattern method.
Flat pattern method small bust adjustment
Before you make your final pair of Clover pants, learn to identify fitting problems and how to solve them with this cheatsheet.
Pant Fitting Cheatsheet
Adjust your Rooibos pattern to accommodate a large hip with this tutorial.
Large Hip Grading for the Rooibos
Learn to fit your Rooibos with this tutorial for a small bust adjustment.
Rooibos Small Bust Adjustment
For a better fit, learn to adjust your Rooibos dress for a larger bust.
Rooibos Full Bust Adjustment
Learn to remove a pleat with the simple Sorbetto top.
Removing a Pleat
Sew on a waistband with an altered version of the Meringue skirt (from Colette Sewing Handbook).
Sewing on a Waistband
This tutorial shows you how to add a waistband to a skirt using the Meringue pattern (from Colette Sewing Handbook).
Adding a Waistband
Learn to draft a facing for any garment using the Licorice pattern (from the Colette Sewing Handbook).
Draft a Facing
Download a free printable pattern for these sweet & tiny bloomers.
Madeleine Mini Bloomers
Use your handmade bias tape to create a perfect, dainty trim.
Make bias tape bows
Create an extra long silk charmeuse scarf from just 1/2 yard of fabric.
Make a Silk Scarf
A perfect use for scrap fabric: delicate fabric flowers!
Fabric Flower Accessory
This little bow is a quick and easy accessory to make out of scrap fabric.
Clara Bow Pin
Keep warm with this quick project for winter.
Winter Warmer Cowl
Use up your leftover ribbons to make this cute headband.
Easy Ribbon Headband
Download the free Peter Pan collar pattern to create this furry accessory.
Faux Fur Peter Pan Collar & Pattern
A stashbuster, this project uses just a little bit of fabric for a lot of flair.
Greta Tie Scarf
Make a removable faux fur collar for your favorite coat.
Removable Custom Faux Fur Collar
Stitches, Seams, and Hems
Three variations on a hand sewn buttonhole, from a vintage text.
Hand sewn buttonholes
A gorgeous decorative seam that adds a vintage touch.
How to Sew a Fagoted Seam
Easy steps to a neat and pretty seam finish.
How to make a french seam
A beautiful hand finish with a signature look, for your light fabrics.
How to do a hand-rolled hem
You can make your own bias tape for a gorgeous, professional look on your sewing.
How to make bias tape
Learn how to gather your stitches with three row basting. This easy tutorial will help you create pretty, even gathers.
A step-by-step guide to finishing and hemming the Rooibos dress.
Rooibos Finishing & Hemming
Step-by-step guide to sewing the pockets on the Rooibos dress.
Sewing Pockets on the Rooibos
Learn to sew curved seams with this guide to the Rooibos.
Sewing Curved Seams
Learn to make your own piping with any fabric.
How to Make Piping
Perfect the look of your darts.
Sewing a facing to an invisible zipper is made easy with this tutorial.
Sewing a Facing with an Invisible Zipper
Learn why staystitching is an important part of sewing and how to do it.
Reasons to Staystitch
This tutorial covers how to sew bias binding as a facing or design detail on your garment.
Facing or Detail: Bias Binding
Looking for a sharp point at the end of a collar? This tutorial will show you how to use a tool to make all your points perfect.
How to Use a Point Turner
One of the nicest looking zippers around is the invisible zipper. This tutorial teaches you how to install one for a clean look.
How to Install an Invisible Zipper
This tutorial covers how to understitch and how it applies to the garments you make.
A variation on the bias bound seam, this tutorial shows you how to use this technique a different way.
Bias Bound Seams, version 2
A quick alternative to the traditional flat fell seam.
Mock Flat Fell Seam
If you have a specialty foot for making a flat fell seam, this tutorial is for you.
Flat Fell Seam with Specialty Foot
Learn how to bind your seams with bias binding.
Bias Bound Seams, version 1
This tutorial shows you how to make one of the strongest seams, the flat fell.
Standard Flat Fell Seam
Create an extra long strip of bias tape with this technique.
Continuous Bias Tape
Working with Fabric
The Hows and Whys of prewashing your fabric, with a guide to many fabric types.
Tips and ideas for using seersucker fabric.
Sewing With Seersucker
Velvet and other napped fabrics need special techniques. Here are some handy tips.
Working With Nap and Pile
Matching directional patterned fabric can be difficult. This tutorial shows you how to do it with ease.
Matching Plaids & Stripes
The best solution for working with tricky fabrics.
Learn about cutting layouts in this interesting article.
Truth about Cutting Layouts
There are many uses for freezer paper, one of them will help you when tracing patterns.
Tracing Patterns with Freezer Paper
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