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How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap

How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap

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When it comes to adding support to sleeve caps, you have a variety of options: standard, shaped, extended shoulder pads, and all manner of sleeve heads. In this case, we needed something different; we needed a little internal support.

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Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Those who sew are always on the lookout for ways to improve their garment sewing. Here are 3 incredibly helpful tips to improve your stitches.

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Kenneth D. Kings Kilim Carpet Coat: The Big Finish

Kenneth D. King's Kilim Carpet Coat: The Big Finish

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We're at the end of our journey with the kilim coat.

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The Kilim Carpet Coat: Installing Shoulder Pads and Facings

The Kilim Carpet Coat: Installing Shoulder Pads and Facings

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We press ahead with the carpet coat, which is starting to look like a garment!

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How to Interface a Hem

How to Interface a Hem

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Interface the hem to support a flimsy hemline or 'beef' up pant legs that wrap around your ankles as you walk.

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Cut Longer Facings for Better-Looking Garments

Cut Longer Facings for Better-Looking Garments

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Use this clever facing technique for achieving better looking garments.

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Add a Quick and Easy Elastic Waist to a Skirt

Add a Quick and Easy Elastic Waist to a Skirt

Don't want to put in a zipper? No sweat, here's a fast, stretchy, alternative

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Customize Shoulder Pads with Lining Fabric Covers

Customize Shoulder Pads with Lining Fabric Covers

Learn a fast way to cover shoulder pads with lining fabric

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Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

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YOU could win! Submit your best ironing tip to win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron with iTouch Technology.

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Ties to Bind: Turn Neckties into Bias Binding

Ties to Bind: Turn Neckties into Bias Binding

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Here's how to use thrift-store ties as an elegant finish.

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How to Pretest Pattern Changes with Minipats

How to Pretest Pattern Changes with "Minipats"

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Audition pattern design changes in miniature to speed the process and save your pattern and fabric.

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Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

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You could win the book "Dressmaking: 200 Q&A" by Mary McCarthy!

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Create Boning with Heavy-Duty Zip Ties

Create Boning with Heavy-Duty Zip Ties

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I wanted to make myself a new gym bag for spring and found another use for zip ties!

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How to Add Mock Cuffs on Short Sleeves

How to Add Mock Cuffs on Short Sleeves

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This little detail gives a sporty look to a short sleeve.

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DVD Giveaway: Design Your Own Wardrobe with Mary Ray

DVD Giveaway: Design Your Own Wardrobe with Mary Ray

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Add this awesome DVD to your collection!

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How to Sew Inseams

How to Sew Inseams

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Learn how to sew two off-grain fabrics into an inseam.

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Create Gentle Inner Support with Horsehair

Create Gentle Inner Support with Horsehair

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Yes, there's boning. But there are other tools at your disposal too, among them horsehair.

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Book Giveaway: Gerties New Book for Better Sewing

Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

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You could win "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" by Gretchen Hirsch

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A Trick for Working with Raw Silk

A Trick for Working with Raw Silk

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I got some nifty raw silk from Mood recently for a spring jacket. Working with this fabric presents some challenges!

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Quick Tip: Button Placement Inside a Vertical Buttonhole

Quick Tip: Button Placement Inside a Vertical Buttonhole

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Learn how to place a button in a vertical buttonhole so the button won't slip out while wearing and the front garment sides won't become uneven.

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