Sep 26 2013

Yes, you can sew piping to a pointed collar and it is incredibly easy! Pin the piping to the right side of the collar along the seam line.  Measure to determine exactly where the piping will turn the corner and mark the collar with a wash-away marker.  Clip […]

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May 28 2013

A little review for adding trim to a round yoke.  Whether it is piping, rickrack, or the loop trim used here, the technique is the same.  Using a small ruler, measure the seam allowance from the raw edge of the fabric and with right sides together, pin the […]

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Apr 18 2013

How about double tucks to add detail to a plain bubble or dress front?  My article for making the tucks appeared in Sew Beautiful Magazine several years ago, and it was a nice surprise to see the article posted on their blog recently. The outfit is made out […]

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Feb 7 2013

For quick and easy loops for a bishop I sometimes use purchased bridal loop tape.  The loops are a sturdy elastic, but are too close together. Before stitching the placket in place, I baste the loop tape in place, stitching down every other loop so that they will […]

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May 26 2012

It sounds like the last blog has quite a few of you all ready to sew gingham bishops!  And so there were a few pleating questions that have been sent my way.  The most frequently asked question about this bishop was, “How on earth did you keep the […]

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Apr 16 2012

  First of all, a closer look at the white linen bubble that Christian is wearing in the new Sew Beautiful Magazine. The article in the magazine will give you step by step instructions for accurately marking the tiny tucks on the fabric which is the most important […]

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Oct 14 2011

Here is the promised tutorial for adding the lace edging to the collar. The lace gives the collar a soft feminine look and is easy to apply. You will need lace edging, Gimp thread, and white light weight machine thread First, cut out the two collars and linings […]

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Sep 22 2011

It’s the little tricks and tips that we sometimes don’t even think about that give our sewing that nice finished look. Whether it is a diaper shirt or a bishop dress, a nice neat neckband gives the garment a professional look. Remember, that your neckband is always cut […]

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Jul 18 2011

Since “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” I thought that I would share a few pictures while constructing a smocked Jon-Jon. The smocking design for the elephants are mine and will be available on the blog shortly. Anna and I wanted them to look like animal cracker […]

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Jun 23 2011

I know that pictures are often a huge help with instructions. The Jon-Jon pattern is very simple, but turning the leg openings can be a little confusing. Here I have stitched together a Jon-Jon out of pale blue pique’ and lined it with white Imperial Broadcloth. I am […]

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