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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 Sew a Nonstretch Waistband

How to Sew a Nonstretch Waistband

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Watch as fashion designer and patternmaker Angela Wolf shows you how to add a nonstretch waistband to your favorite pair of jeans.

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How to Reposition the Waist Seam on a Wrap Dress

How to Reposition the Waist Seam on a Wrap Dress

Here's a quick tip on repositioning the waist seam on wrap dresses.

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Re-create Couture Pleated Silk Organza Panels

Re-create Couture Pleated Silk Organza Panels

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There's a little more to these pleated silk organza panels than meets the eye. Here's how to make them look absolutely beautiful!

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A Beautiful Hem for a Four-Ply Silk Crepe

A Beautiful Hem for a Four-Ply Silk Crepe

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For those like me who dread hemming 4-ply silk crepe, my friend Lynda Maynard comes to the rescue!

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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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Re-Create Pleated Edging

Re-Create Pleated Edging

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I found this pillow cover at the flea market recently. The trim along the edge is what caught my fancy, and I determined to figure out how to re-create it.

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Create the Perfect Sewing Space

Create the Perfect Sewing Space

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Three professionals share what they love about where they sew.

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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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Flattering Shoulder Tips

Flattering Shoulder Tips

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Achieving a flattering shoulder shape regardless of the current style.

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How to Take Four Different Body Measurements

How to Take Four Different Body Measurements

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Susan Lazear shows you how to take four different body measurements using a variety of tools.

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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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Fitting Tips with Professor King

Fitting Tips with Professor King

Kenneth D. King shares tips and tricks for getting perfectly fitting garments.

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Instant Fit Check

Instant Fit Check

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Trace your shoulder slope onto the back of your cutting mat to keep it handy when adjusting new patterns.

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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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The Fortuny Jacket: Finessing the Facing

The Fortuny Jacket: Finessing the Facing

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Finess a selvage to run along a lapel--this was my challenge! This is another installment in the Fortuny Jacket series.

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How to Dye Silk Organza

How to Dye Silk Organza

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It can be difficult to find exactly the right shade of silk organza; especially if it's to be used under lace and meant to match one's skin tone. Here, I'll show you how I do it.

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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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