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How to Make Your Skirt Drape Beautifully

Last week we talked about a couple of basic sewing techniques, namely understitching and seam-grading, that contribute to the professional look of a garment. Today I’d like to discuss a less common technique, but nonetheless one that makes your lovely garments even more beautiful. This technique helps your clothes hang and drape beautifully by adding weights at the hem. […]

Understitching Tutorial: The Sometimes Forgotten Technique

Understitching Tutorial: The Sometimes Forgotten Technique

I haven’t been sewing for too many years, but one thing I noticed when I first started was a movement to #topstitchallthethings. I’m telling you, it didn’t matter what group I was in, if you were sewing, you were topstitching. What I later discovered was the lost art and technique of understitching. Understitching is the […]

How to grade a seam allowance

How to Grade a Seam Allowance

Hi Itch to Stitch Readers! Today I would like to talk a little bit about grading seam allowances, one of the easiest ways to reduce bulk in your seam allowances and keep your garments looking smooth. But what is Grading? In the simplest terms, grading a seam allowance is cutting the layers of fabric in […]

How to Sew a Sharp Corner Without Clipping

How to Sew a Sharp Corner Without Clipping

If any of my pattern instructions involves stitching a corner, inevitably one or more of my testers would tell me, “you forgot to say ‘clip seam allowance’ in the step.” That’s what I love about my testers. These ladies are detailed and diligent. I cannot express my appreciation enough for their help. (This post contains […]

4 Easy Ways to Tack Your Lining

4 Easy Ways to Tack Your Lining

Tacking the lining loosely to the garment is a technique used in several Itch to Stitch’s patterns. These tacks are called as “French Tacks”.  (I just looked up how many “French” sewing terms there are. Apparently we have French canvas, French curves, French darts, French seams and French tacks. The French seems to have invented many […]