Testing Fabric For Shrinkage Part 2

Testing Fabric For Shrinkage Part 2

Why Test Fabric Shrinkage? You may recall that I began testing some new fabric for shrinkage. For fabrics that might shrink dramatically, I do this to make sure that (1) the completed garment won't shrink when washed (or if I have to dry clean it instead), and (2) if I will have enough of the pre-treated fabric to sew the garment…

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Testing Fabric For Shrinkage

Testing Fabric For Shrinkage

Is That Fabric Washable? Dry cleaning is expensive and bad for the environment, so I avoid it as much as possible. To avoid dry cleaning my clothes, I try to sew with only washable fabrics (except for wool). It turns out that many of the fabrics that I would like to sew might or might not be washable. This means that if I…

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Good Muslin Versus Bad

Good Muslin Versus Bad

If you fit your garments, you are probably in the habit of sewing test garments known as "muslins." Many people make these test garments out of a sturdy plain weave cotton fabric known as muslin. Thus the name "muslin" for the test garment. In the U.S., muslin is generally undyed, though one could use any plain weave fabric, such as quilting…

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Dreaming Of Sobretto Tops

Dreaming Of Sobretto Tops

After giving is a try, I found that I really like Colette's Sobretto Tank. You can read my review here and here.  The Sobretto is a free pdf pattern that you can download here. It is really great blouse to wear under a suit jacket (with a few modifications) and would be terrific for the upcomming hot Summer weather. Lately,…

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YouTube Sleeve And Skirt Vent Tutorials

YouTube Sleeve and Skirt Vent Tutorials

These days, there are many excellent video tutorials on YouTube. Many are of high quality and very professional. I find them particularly helpful, because it is possible to re-wind the video and watch particular portions repeatedly. For example, when I wanted to learn how to knit two socks on one circular needle, I watched this tutorial by Staci of Very Pink…

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Embellished Invisible Zipper

Embellished Invisible Zipper

While I haven't had much time to work on my Vogue 9850 skirt, this afternoon, I was lucky enough to sew in and embellish the invisible zipper. I prefer to sew my invisible zippers in by hand, if the fashion fabric isn't too heavy. If you would like to learn how to hand-sew in an invisible zipper, which is usually referred…

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Vogue 9850 Skirt Part 1

Vogue 9850 Skirt Part 1

This is my next project, a Vogue 9850 skirt in Jacquard denim with a poly charmeuse lining. This pattern is no longer in print, but I have seen it on some vintage pattern sites.  I have had this pattern in my filing cabinet since the '80s and always wanted to make it.  At the time I bought the pattern, I had…

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Colette Sobretto Tank Part 2

Colette Sobretto Tank Part 2

As you know, I recently made my second Sobretto Tank, by Colette Patterns. For my first post, which describes how I fitted the pattern to myself, click here. This is my second post, which describes my embellishments. If you would like to see the ways other people have embellished the Sobretto Tank, check out my Pinterest board here. I am…

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Colette Sobretto Tank Part 1

Colette Sobretto Tank Part 1

Affiliate Links I am really enjoying the Sobretto Tank by Colette Patterns, which you can see to the right. The pattern is free to download on the Colette Patterns website. Click here if you would like to download the Sobretto Tank pdf pattern. You can find a pattern for an optional sleeve here or here. Alternatively, you could draft your own sleeve…

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