Stay In and Sew with Louise Cutting
Threads Contributing Editor Louise Cutting is a master of precision garment sewing. Her tremendous insight and many tips for achieving better than ready-to-wear results are based on decades as a pattern designer and sewing instructor.
Louise’s eight-volume video series, Industry Insider Techniques, is accessible to Threads Insider members. During this time when so many are staying home to remain safe, we are offering some of Louise’s premium content free through June 30, 2020.
These five videos represent some of Louise’s most popular methods to achieve a better fit, accomplish fundamental sewing tasks more efficiently, and get sharp results with less effort.
Put a dart on a slantThis pattern adjustment creates a more flattering fit over a full bust (C cup or above). First, Louise shares how to determine where your bust point is and mark it on your pattern. Then she demonstrates how to create a slanted dart toward the bust point, instead of a traditional, less attractive dart that is perpendicular to the side seam.
Remove excess fabric from a necklineA gaping neckline is not a great look. It’s also uncomfortable and annoying to spend time fidgeting and adjusting your garment all day. Louise has an easy pattern fix to correct excess neckline circumference before you cut and sew a top.
Clipping corners properlyLearn from Louise the correct way to trim and press outside corners. It may seem like a tiny detail, but her clear approach and advice will help you achieve crisp, flat points on collars and more.
How to staystitchAnother essential method, this video covers Louise’s advice and tips for staystitching. Stitch length and placement in the seam allowance are important, as well as the direction in which you sew the staystitching.
One-dot pocket placement methodLouise knows many shortcuts from working in the garment industry. At the same time, she doesn’t sacrifice accuracy in her results. You may not be familiar with this trick for marking a pocket position. It is a game-changer that you’ll want to share with your sewing friends.