Flip the Shirt Collar to Extend Its Use

My husband had a job for many years where he had to wear dress shirts to work. Sound familiar? Invariably, the collars (where it folds over) would be the first thing on the shirts to wear out. So, I’d flip them. And the shirts would last twice as long. Let me explain what I mean.…

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Putting Bustles On Your Wedding Gown

UPDATE 11/12/09: Read this post and then go back and read this one for a shortcut on one of the steps. You’ll be glad you did! I have been altering wedding gowns for 25 years now, beginning with my own, 25 years ago! One of the things I do often is put bustles on wedding gowns.…

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How to Hem Lining on Pants (or Skirts)

We’ve covered so many ways to hem pants so far. If you’ve missed those posts, look at the left hand column on this page and click on “All Past Categories” and the arrow by “Select Categories”. Then, click on “Hems”. There are still some more ways to sew hems which I’ll cover in future posts. But, I…

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Magnetic Pin Cushions

It took me years to realize how great magnetic pin cushions are. I had used the old stuffed “tomato” pin cushion during my youthful sewing years. Remember these?                   I still use one for my needles as you can see. That way, I can see the eye of each…

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Hem With a Vent (or Slit)…Technique #2

The last post was on how to hem a pair of pants with a vent or slit in the side. This post will give you instructions on how to do a vent another way. Here’s what this pair looks like: This pair had topstitching all along the edge of the vent. Take a look at…

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Hemming Pants With a Vent (or Slit) in Them

Once in awhile,  you’ll buy a pair of pants that have a vent in the hem like these: The vent is a slit that is located on the side seam of the pants at the hem. You may want to hem those pants up, but you don’t know how to replicate that vent. It looks intimidating,…

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