Sewing adventures: learning as I go along.

How to do perfect mitred corners

These pictures show napkins, but you can use the same technique for things like skirt splits. I also use it for the bottom corners of patch pockets before I sew them on. It reduces bulk and avoids sticky-out bits.

Style Arc Hope Extension Pack

I’m really happy with this StyleArc Hope dress and the recently released bodice extensions to the pattern.I made this up in a lovely yarn-dyed very dark navy gingham given to me by Minerva as a Minerva Ambassador. I washed and dried the fabric before cutting it out and it came out perfectly.I used the new…

Pona Jacket Class 6 May, 2023

I’m giving a full day class soon in Dublin on 6th May with the Helen’s Closet Pona jacket. I’ve chosen this jacket for its simple construction, good size range (0-30) and satisfying end product. The lapels are particularly well designed and easy to attach (see pic). You can use a wide variety of woven…

Sew bias binding on the serger/overlocker

So occasionally I find it useful to sew bias binding on my serger and it eliminates the need for trimming. This would not work well for bias that’s going around a neckline or something like that as the rows of serger stitches could be irritating. But here I am making 2.5” bias binding (before strips…


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