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23 May '17

Video - 7 Best Summer Fabrics For Your Handmade Closet

Posted by Kim Jackson

Nothing beats great summer style, and if you are shopping for fabrics to update your handmade closet, let this list point you in the right direction.  Here is your guide to the best fabrics to help you stay cool this summer.

  • Cotton Jersey – High temperatures call for easy comfortable style.  Cotton Jersey is a single knit fabric that is soft and very comfortable to wear.  I love cotton for its smooth texture, and when blended with jersey it has the ability to stretch along the grain making it ideal for close fitting garments.

  • Cotton – Ask anyone and cotton is by far the best go to fabric for summer.  Cotton is a natural fiber that comes in many different weights from light-weight to heavy. It is very versatile and can be used for shirts, skirts, trousers,  and bags.

  • Chambray – A light-weight woven fabric that gives a denim-like appearance. It is almost like wearing a more breathable version of denim, perfect for those humid days of summer.  Added bonus, its versatility is endless.

  • Rayon – A semi-synthetic fiber made of cellulose. Created originally  as an alternative to expensive silk, rayon is perfect for summer wear think flowy dresses and draped blouses.

  • Silk – A natural woven fiber that is used for lingerie, blouses and dresses. Silk is soft and luxurious, but cool to the touch. It helps to regulate your body temperature, when the humidity rise up.

  • Lace Lace is a delicate fabric with a pattern of interwoven holes, woven from a variety of fibers either by hand or by machine.  Lace is perfect for when you want to stay cool, feel sexy and elegant all at the same time.

  • Linen – Ahh summer, nothing is more comfortable than a pair of linen pants when the weather heats up.  Linen is a woven fabric that comes from the flax plant.  It is often blended with cotton and is very breathable which makes it ideal for summer blazers, shorts, and slacks – but it does wrinkle easy.

And that completes the list, we'll be sure to keep these fabrics on repeat for the sunny season and beyond.  What are your favorite summer fabrics to sew with?  Leave your comment below.

31 Mar '17

Video - How To Sew A French Seam

Posted by Kim Jackson in Sewing Tip
The French Seam is a professional seam finish that encloses the raw edges into the seam of the garment.  It’s often used on delicate fabrics such as silk, chiffon, georgette, and organza. It can also be used in a variety of DIY sewing & craft projects, giving you a nice clean finish without having to use a serger. At the end of the  video tutorial I will provide the measurements for sewing a French seam on different seam allowances. So grab a pen to take notes & let’s get started!

How To Sew A French Seam In Five Simple Steps

  1. With the wrong sides together, pin the fabric to hold in place.
  2. Sew 3/8” from the raw edge. Trim seam allowance close to stitching at 1/8″. Fold along the stitching with the right sides together Press one side of the seam allowance, then press the other side to ensure the pressed seam is flat.
  3. With right sides together, pin the fabric to hold in place.
  4. Sew 1/4″ away from the folded edge, encasing your previous trimmed seam.
  5. Press one side, and then press the other side to ensure the final finished seam is flat.

                         For 5/8” Seam Allowance: Stitch 1st seam at 3/8” inch

                                                                      Stitch 2nd seam at 1/4” inch

                         For 1/2” Seam Allowance: Stitch 1st seam at 1/4” inch

                                                                      Stitch 2nd seam at 1/4” inch

                         For 1/4” Seam Allowance: Stitch 1st seam at 1/8” inch

                                                                      Stitch 2nd seam at 1/8” inch

Voilà, you have mastered the French Seam.  What type of finishing seam is your favorite, leave your comment below.  Thank you for watching!

03 Mar '17

Video - How To Sew A Flat Felled Seam

Posted by Kim Jackson in Sewing Tip

When sewing an article of clothing we use a variety of seams to create the final garment.  The most common, a plain seam is where you join two or more layers of fabric together with a line of stitches.  All basics seams used in garment construction are variations on the plain seam. Once sewn together, the plain seam requires a finish that stops the raw edges from unraveling. In this video, we will be exploring one of many ways of finishing a seam.

A Flat Felled seam is the finishing seam most commonly used in jeans, dress shirts and sportswear.  This type of seam adds structure while removing bulk to the seam.

                                                   How to Sew A Flat Felled Seam:
                                    First, with wrong sides together sew a seam at 5/8 inch.
                                    Trim the seam allowance on one side to 1/4 inch.
                                    Press the opposite seam allowance over the trimmed seam.
                                    Fold under the raw edge, then press to hold in place.
                                    Stitch in place along the edge of the fold.

     And that’s it, you have just created a Flat Felled seam.  Thank you for watching!

10 Feb '17

How To Sew Like A Pro With Only 11 Tools - Video

Posted by Kim Jackson in Sewing Tip

Aside from the standard sewing machine, thread & iron you only truly need 11 sewing tools to create professional quality garments. Over the years we collect endless notions and supplies, but I find that whether DIY sewing, repairing and mending, or pattern making I reach again and again for the same tools out from my sewing case.  Here's a list of sewing essential tools that will help you sew like a pro in no time.

FABRIC SHEARS – Make sure you have a separate pair of quality scissors to cut your fabric. Dressmaking shears are sharper than standard craft scissors and should only be used to cut your fabric.

PAPER SCISSORS – A pair of craft scissors to cut out your PDF or paper patterns. 

TRIMMING SCISSORS – An optional pair of trimming scissors are great for clipping the thread ends close to the fabric source.

TAPE MEASURE – A flexible tape measure is perfect for curved surfaces and taking body measurements.

CLEAR RULER – A clear ruler can be helpful while adjusting measurement to paper patterns.

FABRIC WEIGHTS – Used to hold down paper patterns and fabric while cutting.

TRACING WHEEL – Used to transfer placement lines for darts, pleats, buttonholes, and notches onto fabric.

TRACING PAPER – Carbon transfer paper is coated on one side and used to transfer markings onto fabric.

PINS – All purpose sewing pins can be used to temporarily hold fabric together.

TAILOR'S CHALK – Chalk or a dressmaking pencil can be used to create quick lines and markings on fabric.

SEAM RIPPER – Used for removing thread stitches and also a handy tool for opening button holes.

And that’s it. The only 11 sewing tools (and a little practice) are all you’ll need to sew like a pro.  What are some sewing tools you can’t live without that aren’t on this list?


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28 Jan '17

Sewing - Remove Serger Thread Quick & Easy

Posted by Kim Jackson in Repost, Sewing Tip

Ever struggled to remove serger threads while in the middle of a sewing project.  Removing serger thread doesn’t have to be a chore, this video will show you how to remove serger thread quick and easy. 

Stitch Types: The 3-Thread Overlock is the most common overedge serger seam consisting of 1 straight needle stitch and 3 looper thread stitches. The 4-Thread with Safety Stitch is used ideally for medium to heavier weight fabrics such as double knits and swimwear. This stitch consists of 2 straight needle stitches and 4 looper thread stitches.

Tools Needed: Seam Ripper, Tweezers, and Trimming Scissors (optional). Start by cutting the straight needle stitch seam with a seam ripper or small trimming scissors. Make sure to snip the needle stitching line every 3 to 5 inches along the entire length of the serger seam. Remember if you are using a 4-Thread Safety Stitch you will have two sets of stitch lines to snip. Once the snipping is complete, take your tweezers and pull the broken needle thread out.  If you prefer, you may also pull the needle thread out with your fingers. When the straight needle stitch seam has been removed, simply unravel the looper thread stitches like magic!  Use a steam iron to remove the holes left by the serger thread or for more stubborn fabrics use a solution of 1 to 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 cup water. Lightly mist the fabric and steam iron until fully dry. Cheers all done! 

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