My Sewing Room

Where do you sew? Do you have a designated room where you can keep your machine set up at all times? Is it in a bedroom, a basement, a dining room, an office? Is it well lit, roomy, comfortable and has lots of storage and all the tools you need to create the projects of…

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Mending What the Dog Chewed Up (Part Two)

In the last post, we looked at a technique on How to Mend What the Dog Chewed Up, Part One. In that scenario, I mended a few small spots on two Vera Bradley bags that a customer brought to me to fix. Her dog had chewed them both to pieces. Today, let’s look at one of the bags.…

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Shortening Long Sleeves

Are the sleeves on your shirts too long? Shortening sleeves is a quick alteration. This technique will work for men’s or ladies shirts that have cuffs on them. Let me show you what I did on this purple shirt: There are two rows of stitching on the top edge of the cuff It’s a little hard to see…

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Changing a Garment From Zippered to Buttoned

I have a customer who loathes zippers in her robes. So, she asked me if I could take the zipper out and put in buttons. No problem, I answered. It’s no problem because I made sure that she understood that she was going to lose some of the width in the front. Putting in buttonholes and buttons means…

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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. Invariably, the collars (where the stand meets the collar) would be the first thing on the shirts to wear out. Sometimes, the fabric would just get worn out over time and the threads would unravel or the interfacing…

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Putting Bustles On Your Wedding Gown

UPDATE 11/12/09: Read this post all the way to the end and then go back and read Making French Bustles, Even Easier Than Before 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…

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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, click on “Alterations” right here, or above, and it will lead you to all the posts I’ve written on hemming. But, for now, lets look at how to hem lining on pants or skirts. It’s very simple. Don’t be intimidated. First,…

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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. This technique can be used with skirts that have vents on the side or center back seam. Here’s what this pair…

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My Dad Taught Me To Sew

Today marks what would have been my Dad’s 79th birthday. He passed away two years ago. So, this is to honor him and, being that it’s almost Father’s Day, I figured you wouldn’t mind because there’s some sewing parallels to be observed here. Dad bought me a little battery operated chain stitch sewing machine for my 7th…

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Let’s Alter Some Scarves

A dear friend of mine had a bone marrow transplant for cancer and is in remission. She lost all her hair from chemo and it’s growing back. In the meantime, she is wearing scarves over her wigs and wants the scarves altered. Here is the collection that I need to alter:        …

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