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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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Project Runway 9: Off the Track

Project Runway 9: "Off the Track"

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While last week was all about Nina, this week the focus is on Heidi's knitwear line.

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Piece a Binding then Machine Applique it in Place

Piece a Binding then Machine Applique it in Place

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It’s a great way to add a creative and decorative finish to any edge.

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Sewing the Facing Gusset for the Fantasy Fur Jacket

Sewing the Facing Gusset for the Fantasy Fur Jacket

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This is a trick I do on occasion when I want to eliminate seams in the outer edges of collar or neckline facings. It is especially pertinent for this project.

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Project Runway 9: Go Big or Go Home

Project Runway 9: "Go Big or Go Home"

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A bigger-than-life challenge brings designers together this week.

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And the Winner of A Guide to Fashion Sewing is...

And the Winner of A Guide to Fashion Sewing is...

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

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Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket

Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket

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You can use this trick when you’re making something from scratch or when you want to alter an existing garment.

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Project Runway 9: My Pet Project

Project Runway 9: My Pet Project

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The designers had to unconventional materials found in a pet store to create a creative look.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Guide to Fashion Sewing

BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Guide to Fashion Sewing

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From collars to hems, most sewing techniques are covered in this comprehensive book.

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Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

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Volunteers around the United States and internationally are sewing pillowcases into dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World, a campaign of the charitable organization Hope 4 Women International.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY: Underwear Fashion in Detail

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

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You could win this fabulous book by leaving simply a comment.

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