Sometimes, when I am learning how to sew a new design detail, it is helpful to deconstruct part of a completed garment to see how that detail was sewn by another seamstress or by a clothing manufacturer. For example, when I was learning how to sew a placket, I visited my local thrift store and scoured the clothing racks for a shirt with a placket similar to the one I wanted to sew in my top. By taking the placket apart, I was able to see how it was sewn and gained a better understanding of how I should sew mine. Since the top cost me only a couple of dollars, I feel that I received a relatively inexpensive sewing lesson.
—Carolyn Thomas, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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