Welcome to the Sewing School! I get a lot of emails and comments asking about how to do certain sewing related things and where to find old posts on my blog and so in an effort to consolidate the tutorials and sewing advice you find here on A Fashionable Stitch, I’ve made up this handy dandy Table of Contents page to navigate you through what’s available here. It’s due to be added to every now and then, so check back when you are searching for something and can’t find it. Happy Sewing Adventures! xoxo, Sunni
Making a muslin or a test garment (also known as a toile) is a great way to find out if certain alterations are needed for a particular pattern. Here’s a few posts that will give you an idea of making a muslin, what to look for, and how this vital step can help you achieve great fit:
♥ Testing 1, 2,3….
♥ Fitting My Perfect Spring Dress
♥ How to Fit My Body
♥ Pencil Skirt Lesson #1 – the Fitting
♥ Muslining My Boyfriend’s Jacket
♥ What do I do with a Muslin?
♥ Ginger Muslin
♥ Lonsdale Dress
Alterations for Pants/Trousers
Getting a pair of pants or trousers to fit perfectly can be one of the hardest fittings we ever do as sewists. Here’s a few posts on what to look for, the most common alterations and how to fix it.
♥ Most Common Pant Alterations
♥ In which I finally talk about the word….crotch
♥ Discussing at length, Crotch Length
♥ the Knee & the Hem
♥ Width Alterations for Pants
♥ Fullness & Waistlines
♥ Romper Muslin
Flat Pattern Adjustments
Flat Pattern Adjustments are adjustments made to the pattern before you make a muslin. Here’s a few you can incorporate into your fitting arsenal.
♥ Picking Your Ginger Size
♥ Tall or Short
Using a Sloper
These are my personal adventures with using a sloper and how I’ve used it to fit commercial patterns and slashed and spread it up to create some of my own patterns.
♥ Sloper Sweetness
Ready to add a few techniques to your to your sewing box? Here’s a list of tutorials of how to get your sewing off to its best foot.
A few tips and tricks for sewing on the bias.
♥ Sewing on the Bias
Bust Padding – a short bust padding tutorial to add a little oomph to your Lonsdale Dress!
♥ Lonsdale Tutorial – Bust Padding
Ever wonder why curve clipping doesn’t work for you? Have a look at this technique for clipping curves to take all your curve clipping nightmares away.
♥ How to Avoid Sudden Curve Clipping Death
Here’s my handy dandy method for attaching interfacing to a facing.
♥ Two Faced
Here’s my tried and true methods for working with silk – great tips and tricks from other’s in the comments section too!
♥ this Girl’s Tips & Tricks to Working with Silk
♥ An Alternative to Silk
♥ Tasia the Sewaholic’s Lesson on Fabric Selection
♥ Pre-laundering Fabric
Have a vintage pattern that needs to be a size bigger or smaller to fit? Try your hand at grading.
♥ Making the Grade
Do you enjoy working with thick fabrics, but don’t know quite how to make those seams thinner? Give these two methods a try:
♥ Two Ways to Thinner Seams – a Sewing Diet
Need a little direction on how to mark a hem? Here’s a great idea:
Adding piping to a garment can give it a little pizazz. Here’s how I do it:
Here’s how I press my pre-laundered/shrunk fabric just before getting ready to layout my pattern pieces and cut.
♥ Pressing Fabric
There are a host of seam finishes at your fingertips – learn a few new tricks from this collection of posts!
♥ Basic Seam Finishes
♥ Self Finished Seams Pt. I
♥ Self Finished Seams Pt. II
♥ Decorative Seams Pt. I
♥ Decorative Seams Pt. II
Do you ever have trouble setting in a sleeve? Try sewing in a sleeve in the flat – here’s how:
♥ a Cheater’s Guide to Setting in a Sleeve
Tired of Invisible Zippers? How about trying a lapped zipper? Here’s a technique for how to insert a lapped zipper by hand that has amazing results every time.
♥ Prickstitching a Lapped Zipper
Haven’t found a technique for inserting invisible zippers that works for you? Give my method a try.
♥ Inserting an Invisible Zipper
♥ Inserting a Zipper into a Bias Cut Garment
Don’t know what thread or zipper color to pick for your next creation? Here’s a helpful tip.
♥ Why Zipper & Thread Color Matter
♥ Pressing Finished Garments
These are tips and tricks especially for Beginners, but there might be even a few things intermediate sewers could benefit from too!
♥ Cutting Tips for Beginners
Beltmaking School – need a belt for that dress? Of course you do! Here’s a whole slew of tutorials and tips for how to make a great belt. Need belting supplies? Head on over to the shop!
♥ Beltmaking – Buckles
♥ Beltmaking – Belting
♥ Beltmaking – Eyelets & Snaps
♥ Beltmaking – Toolkit
♥ Anything-But-Basic Belt
♥ Getting Belt Backing to Behave
♥ Hand-covering a Buckle
♥ the Belt Kit Belt
♥ How to Apply an Eyelet
Ever tried adding your own pocket to a pattern? It’s a lot of fun and really easy. Here’s a fun tutorial on delving into a little basic pocket making:
♥ Pocket Making
Try giving your garment an even more handmade touch with Hand Worked Buttonholes – a great way to spend an afternoon with a spot of tea and a good movie.
♥ How to Make Hand Worked Buttonholes
Pencil Skirt Vent
Want something a little more stable than a slit in a pencil skirt? Adding a vent is way easy. Adding a lining to a vented skirt takes your creation up even one more notch. Here’s how:
♥ How to: Create a Vent
How to: Draft a Vent Lining
♥ How to: Sewing a Vent Lining
Want a different look for your fabric? Ever tried dying or bleaching it? Here’s my adventure with bleaching fabric.
♥ Giving Your Fabric a Bleached Makeover
Need a little inspiration? Here’s a few tutorials on fun stuff to make around the house and ideas to add to garments.
♥ How to Beautify Your Nest of Dreams – Pillow Sham Tutorial
♥ Pocket Full of Posies Corsage
♥ How to Make an Ironing Board Cover
Ever used Petersham ribbon? It’s a simply marvelous ribbon to sew with. Here you’ll find a few tips and ideas for what to do with it, plus you can find a nice selection in the shop.
♥ Petersham vs. Grosgrain
♥ How to: Petersham Ribbon Waistband
♥ Using Petersham in a Curved Hem
Already have a perfectly fitting garment in your closet that you would love to make in every color and fabric under the sun? Here’s an idea and book suggestion for how to do a Rub-Off.
♥ the Rub-Off