Archive | July, 2011

Cutting Fabric Using a Crosswise Fold Layout

What’s a crosswise fold layout? All it means is that you’re folding the fabric width-wise instead of lengthwise. Instead of folding your fabric selvedges together forming a long narrow fold, you’re folding your fabric raw-edges together, forming a wider, shorter piece. Why would you need to use a crosswise fold layout? When you’re using really […]

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Straightening the Ends of Your Fabric

Ever buy a length of fabric, fold it in half, only to find that the ends are way off grain? Sometimes one end will be inches shorter than the other! Do the fabric stores in your area cut or tear your fabric? I prefer when they tear it rather than cut it, so that the […]

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Lonsdale Sew-Along #3: My Fabric Choice

Here’s what I’ll be using for most of the Sew-Along posts – a pretty blue cotton fabric I bought back in August of last year! This print is small and dainty, but I think the styling of the Lonsdale Dress suits the print. How pretty would this dress be with a straw fedora? Red pumps? […]

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Lonsdale Sew-Along #2: Fabric Recommendations

Choosing fabric is one of the most fun parts of sewing! Today, I’ll share my fabric recommendations for the Lonsdale Dress. For this dress, a change in fabric can give it a completely different look! Choose a solid silk for formal occasions, printed cotton for the beach. It’s up to you! For earlier Sew-Along preparation […]

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Lonsdale Sew-Along #1: Supply List and Schedule

Hello, Sew-Alongers! Today’s post is a list of supplies you’ll need to follow along with us, as well as the schedule, re-posted for your reference. I’ll talk a little bit about each item on the supply list to explain what it’s used for. Also, I’ve listed some optional supplies for this project too – things […]

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