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Removing Darts in a Knit Pattern

Removing Darts in a Knit Pattern

As many of you know, all of my knit patterns include some form of darts. Even though many conventional knit patterns do no include darts because of the stretchy nature of knitted fabrics, I personally find that I prefer the fit of knit garments with a dart, especially around the bust area!

I have also found that many sewists who have a larger cup size benefit from a bust dart in their knit garments because it eliminates that excess fabric pooling that tends to happen right under the armpit.

But I understand that sewing a dart in a knit garment...


Fleur Removable Bib + Criss-Cross Straps Hack

Fleur Removable Bib + Criss-Cross Straps Hack

I don't know if you all remember, but last year I created a removable bib for the Jenny Overalls. I was inspired by @Sewnorth when she did it to her own Jenny Overalls and I just had to get in on it! I mean, versatile, convertible clothing, what could be better? You get two garments in one, and in my case, I got 4 because I added a skirt to the mix!

During the testing of the Fleur, one of...


Sewing the Optional Placket in the Fleur

Sewing the Optional Placket in the Fleur

If you are sewing the optional fabric placket and need a bit more guidance, or pictures are more your speed, then you have come to the right blog post! To start, meet me on page 46 of the Fleur Instruction booklet, then we can dive right in!

Adding a fabric placket to your skirt is 100% an personal, aesthetic choice. Not everyone feels the need to add one, but if you like your interfacings to be totally hidden from view (and enjoy a bit of an added challenge), then these next few steps are for you!

First, you will want...


Turning Enclosed Straps

Turning Enclosed Straps

Most straps are created with both ends being open, so turning them is a piece of cake! You simply grab a safety pin, fasten it to one end, and slide it through until it comes out the other side with a strap that is now right side out!

However, there are some patterns, such as the Fleur Pinafore, that see you sewing one of your short ends closed, making it a bit trickier to turn those straps out, especially when they are small. For those straps, I have two cool techniques that...


What to Look for in a Stitch

What to Look for in a Stitch

There are so many options to sewing together knits, it can feel quite daunting to dive in and even begin. Do I serge or use my sewing machine, or what about that machine called a cover-stitch? And what stitch should I even use if all I have is a regular sewing machine? Do I use a zig-zag or can I get away with a straight stitch? What about that little lightning bolt looking thing? And isn't there a triple zig-zag stitch, too? What the heck is that even used for...?

The questions can rattle around in your head until you...