Tutorials

A Quick Guide to Understitching

A Quick Guide to Understitching

Understitching has forever seemed to be one of those elusive, tricky, hard to explain sewing terms. Whenever I am teaching a class and attempt to show how to understitch a garment, my words always seem to fall short.

It's never the student's fault, I just can't seem to show what it is that I mean when I say "This is how you understitch and why.."

So, I figured it was time for a photographed tutorial, because a picture is so much better than words sometimes!

Let's first define understitching. Understitching is stitching done on...


How to Move Darts in a Pattern

How to Move Darts in a Pattern

Oh goodness, it seems like forever since I last wrote a post for the blog! Sometimes, life simply comes and throws you a bit off course, doesn't it? Well, I hope you are as excited as I am for this particular tutorial!

I have personally found that I gravitate towards a specific type of dart placement in my garments. I typically enjoy having at least two bodice darts in the front of the tops or dresses and at least one in the back. For the front of my bodices, I also like having at least one of the darts coming...


A Quick Guide to Measuring Yourself

A Quick Guide to Measuring Yourself

Before I jump into this post, I just want to note that I am not an expert on measuring the human form. I'm not really sure if there is an expert in that particular arena. I can say, though, that I have been measuring myself ever since I started sewing and my makes have all fit me pretty accurately. I also used to work in alterations and have done a lot of custom work in the past which both require extensive measuring, so I'd like to think that I know a little about measuring!

There are some common mistakes when...