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How Did They Sew That

  • How to Sew Velvet Bands

    How to Sew Velvet Bands

    Self-fabric ornamentation is an understated yet elegant addition to any textile or garment. When paired with a sheer companion fabric, the results are fetching. This circa 1939 velvet evening gown…

  • How to Hand-Roll a Hem

    Floral-print silk chiffon epitomizes the wonderful sensations of a summer’s day. Though this dress is from 1935, it is perfect for this year’s garden party. Light, airy, and translucent, the…

  • How Did They Sew That? Inset Fabric Bands

    This black satin evening jacket, created in 1995 by design duo Conover Mayer, is graced with four elegant features: a sophisticated inset band detail on the front bodice, an in-seam…

  • How Did They Sew That? A Space-age Butterfly

    Heading to the theater, you say? An opera? A New York City gala? This 1930s rose-pink silk taffeta gown is ready to hit the town in any decade. Its futuristic…

  • How to Smock a Bodice

    This golden yellow gown features a sophisticated smocking pattern that calls to mind a honeycomb. Fashioned out of ethereal silk chiffon, the dress gets its classic shape and distinctive texture…

  • Enhance Garment Edges with Echo Stitching

    This circa 1940 rayon day dress must have been fairly simple to sew and fun to wear and accessorize. It offers a wonderful setting for extra details that highlight the…

  • How to Sew Fabric Feathers

    This 1930s gown is equal parts elegant, fun, and flirty. It’s made of an airy rayon georgette with an abstract floral print. The pullover dress is graced with a cowl…

  • How to Sew a Bejeweled Waist

    Destined for the social event of the season, this 1930s gown is fit for one of high society’s doyennes or one of Hollywood’s glamorous stars. The simple cut of the…

  • How Did They Sew That: Edged with Elegance

    Designs weave in and out of fashion through the decades and sometimes even hundreds of years. The simple pullover style of this ensemble’s top has been worn for centuries, yet…

  • Sari Silk

    A sari, or “saree,” is full of surprises. The simple 6- to 9-yard length of unstitched cloth offers a limitless medley of colors, intricate patterns, and garment styles. You can…