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The Big Finish - Completing the Fantasy Fur Jacket

The Big Finish - Completing the Fantasy Fur Jacket

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The final installment to the epic series of posts on making this hairy beast! We'll be covering lining the jacket, as well as final details in this post.

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How to Sew a Reversible Stole

How to Sew a Reversible Stole

Nicole Smith shows you how to make a designer-inspired reversible stole.

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Pack Your Sewing Projects and Go

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all—and take your sewing with you. These upcoming sewing retreats offer a variety of opportunities to do just that!

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How to Sew a One-Seam Poncho

How to Sew a One-Seam Poncho

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For instant style, fold a fabric rectangle in half, then sew a shoulder seam.

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And the Winner of Seventeenth-Century Womens Dress Patterns is...

And the Winner of Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns is...

Find out if you are the lucky winner in our giveaway.

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Teach Yourself to Sew 2: Two Great Seam Finishes

Teach Yourself to Sew 2: Two Great Seam Finishes

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Season 2 of our beginner sewing series is now available. Learn two ways to finish a seam allowance in this excerpt from our new DVD.

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Project Runway 9: Image is Everything

Project Runway 9: "Image is Everything"

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An unknown band is given an image update during this menswear challenge.

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Make Magic with Your Sewing Machine

Make Magic with Your Sewing Machine

The Independent Pattern Company Alliance is sponsoring a fashion sewing competition themed “Midnight Magic.”

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Valentino receives the 2011 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion

Valentino receives the 2011 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion

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Valentino joins other prestigious couture designers in receiving this award.

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Front Edge and Shoulder Pads for Fantasy Fur Jacket

Front Edge and Shoulder Pads for Fantasy Fur Jacket

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After making the facing, we're going to finish the front edge,and create a custom shoulder pad.

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Project Runway 9: What Women Want

Project Runway 9: "What Women Want"

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The designers must create a look based only on the direction of their model's boyfriend or husband.

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And the Winner of Couture Sewing Techniques is...

And the Winner of Couture Sewing Techniques is...

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Find out if you are the winner of this great book by Claire Shaeffer.

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Drawstring Placement

Drawstring Placement

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Many garments in ready-to-wear are sporting drawstrings, you can add them to blouses, dresses, tunics, and jackets fairly easily. The question is, where is the best placement so the garment looks good?

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Book Giveaway: Seventeenth-Century Womens Dress Patterns

Book Giveaway: Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns

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Leave a comment and you could win this innovative book.

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Corsets from the Hardware Store!

Corsets from the Hardware Store!

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Some of my students told me of using zip ties as a substitute for whalebone in corsets, and--it works!

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Setting a Sleeve By Hand

Setting a Sleeve By Hand

This lesson on sewing a sleeve into a jacket by hand is unquestionably a master class technique.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY: Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

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Claire Shaeffer's latest book is a must-have for any dedicated sewer

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Understand Turn of Cloth

Understand Turn of Cloth

Learn what you need to do when fabric takes a curve.

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Creating a Back Neck Facing for a Garment

Creating a Back Neck Facing for a Garment

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Many garment patterns don’t include a back neck facing. But try creating this ‘clean finish’ to turn the collar under from shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the neckline of the back of the garment.

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Tailoring 101

Tailoring 101

Learn tailoring techniques which build shape using malleable natural fibers with various techniques to control the fabric.

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