Learn to sew two key finishes for couture garments; they keep interior elements in place and replace metal eyes for hooks.
Couture garments are known for their lovely interior finish. They frequently are devoid of exposed metal closures and notions, including snaps and hooks. Instead, snaps are covered with silk charmeuse,…
Learn nine hand stitches for constructing and finishing couture-level garments.
Thread bars and chains are finishing touches often found on couture garments, but they are useful on many other pieces as well. Claire B. Shaeffer, a collector of couture clothes…
Learn two invisible, but essential, hand stitches.
Lining a jacket creates a beautiful interior finish and prolongs the garment’s life by preserving its original shape. Lined pieces slip over other garments more easily, cling less, and can…
A new exhibition of the artist and AIDS activist's work occasions repairs to an important gown.
Claire B. Shaeffer demonstrates couture-worthy ways to begin and finish a seam, whether you're sewing by hand or machine.
Learn four key types of basting stitches for any sewing task.
Embellishment expert and teacher Ellen W. Miller talks about writing a comprehensive guide for garment-embellishing techniques, in Episode 22 of Sewing With Threads.
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