Archive for November, 2010

Staying edges


I’ve not made as much progress on the tartan dress project as I expected. So this is just a quick post about staying edges. My first sewing book recommended zigzagging all the edges of your pieces before sewing seams, so that’s what I used to do. I’ve recently found this tends to distort the edges […]

Choosing a zip


Thanks everyone for the helpful comments about my tartan dress project! I’m all set to start sewing now. One final thing I had to do before starting was to pick a zip to go with the fabric. I want to do an exposed zip so I need something quite chunky. I have a large collection […]

I’ve had to wait for the weekend to cut out my tartan dress because I wanted to do it in daylight rather than artificial light. I haven’t ever sewn anything tartan before so I need all the help I can get. I was quite pleased to realise that the front of the bodice pattern I’m […]

I picked up the phrase Frankenpatterning from The Slapdash Sewist. I think it’s a wonderfully descriptive term for the process of combining two patterns. I’m currently trying to graft the skirt of Vogue 8633 onto the bodice of Vogue 8413 and it certainly feels like a bolt of lightning is going to be required to […]

Remember the not entirely successful 1970s jumpsuit project? Elizabeth and Inkstain gave me some great advice about how to fix the problems, and here is the new improved version. I’ve taken in the side seams a lot between the waist and knee, and also shaved a bit off the inside leg above the knee. I […]

Tartan skirts


Remember this? It’s polyester tartan fabric I bought in Glasgow to make a knockoff of a Yohji Yamamoto dress I saw years ago. I can’t really remember what the original looked like, but my plan is to morph the bodice of Vogue 8143 (line art below) and a full skirt from some other pattern. I […]

Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the leftover skirt! It was a BurdaStyle magazine pattern (although you can also get it from Recently I’ve been making up a lot of those, despite the chore of tracing the patterns. And now I have finally subscribed to the magazine. Ever since the Borders chain closed […]