Archive | August, 2011

Lonsdale Sew-Along #15: Hemming

Hurrah! We’re almost finished our Lonsdale Dresses. All that’s left is a little hemming! Today I’ll show you how to hem the dress. You can hem it any way you like! Sew a blind hem by hand, or sew a machine-stitched hem if you don’t mind the stitch line showing. For my project, I’m applying […]

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Lonsdale Sew-Along #14: Sewing the Zipper

Are you getting excited about finishing your dress? I sure am! Today we’ll put in the zipper. You get to try on your dresses, yay! If you need to catch up, here are links to the earlier Sew-Along posts: Lonsdale Sew-Along #1: Supply List and Schedule Lonsdale Sew-Along #2: Fabric Recommendations Lonsdale Sew-Along #3: My […]

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Seam Finishes: Bound Edges

Before we put in the zipper in our Lonsdale Dresses, we’ll need to finish the edges somehow. If you have a serger, this step is easy! If not, here is a really tidy, clean way to finish off your centre back seam allowances. You can zigzag, you can turn-and-stitch, or you can bind the edges […]

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How to Slipstitch

In case slipstitching is new to you, here’s a quick step-by-step demo on how slipstitch! In order to secure the inner waistband to the dress, we’re going to slipstitch it in place. This is a nearly-invisible hand stitch, often used when there’s a folded edge to sew invisibly in place. You’ll see this stitch used […]

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Seam Finishes: Turned and Stitched

Earlier today, I did a turned-and-stitched seam finish on my Lonsdale Dress. I’ll show you how I did it, breaking it down step-by-step with photos. This is a really tidy seam finish for stable fabrics like cotton. If your fabric presses well and holds a crease, this is a good solution for finishing the edges! […]

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