How To: Sewing Techniques
A collection of techniques to help inspire your sewing.
In “Understitch by Hand” from the SewStylish Fall 2014 issue, couture expert Susan Khalje shares fundamental hand-understitching techniques to help improve your sewing. In this Web extra, Susan shares two more understitching methods, one by machine and one by hand.
Find out which is a sewing pro’s favorite elastic and the best applications for it. Pamela Leggett, owner and designer of Pamela’s Patterns, talks about her go-to elastic and shares techniques to create firm, secure, stretchy, and comfortable waistbands and edge finishes.
In the video Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments, Judith Neukam walks you through two important pattern alterations that can simplify the fitting process. Judith shows you how to create a template of your shoulder slope and transfer the changes to your pattern. She also demonstrates how taking the right length measurements can make all the difference in a well-fitting garment.
The wrap dress is synonymous with chic, easy-wearing, go-anywhere fashion. Learn the advantages and challenges of essential wrap dress styles, how key variations affect the overall result, and simple tips and techniques to solve common fit and construction problems. #WrapDress #Dressmaking #Sewing
Petersham, a couture mainstay, is a ribbon that has many sewing uses and one of them is as an embellishment. It would make a beautiful trim on an garment edge, such as a neckline. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to learn how to create this style of pleated trim.
An all-in-one facing provides a clean and supportive edge finish for a sleeveless dress or blouse. Attaching the facing is different from sewing a neckline or armhole facing, though. Follow the techniques shown to install an all-in-one facing in a garment with a front or back opening (such as a button-front blouse, or a dress with a center-back zipper) or to install in a garment that goes on over the head, like a tank-style top.