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How To Underline A Dress Bodice

I knew underlining existed, but never understood the need for it unless you’re working with sheer fabrics. After reading Couture Sewing Techniques, I learned that most couture garments are underlined, but most aren’t lined! I was surprised – wouldn’t you rather line something and hide all of the construction details? It was an interesting and […]

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How to mark buttons and buttonholes

So, I FINALLY added the buttons to my unfinished Beignet skirt. Yay! While I was marking the buttonhole placement, it took me a while to get started. It had been so long since I’d made buttonholes! As I was marking I thought ‘This is a pretty quick way to mark buttonholes – does everyone do […]

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Tips for Productive Sewing

Dear readers, I just wanted to let you know, I’m not a perfect seamstress. No, really. And I get very easily distracted. Not because I’m slow or unfocused, I just usually have a few things on the go at once, and float from task to task. Computer’s on, laundry’s on, and there are at least […]

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Ask the Sewaholic: What is the reason for a centre back seam?

I mentioned how I love getting questions through the contact form the other day, and it’s true! I get a lot of awesome questions and always try to answer them as completely as possible. Just before I left on vacation, I received a really interesting question from a reader, and thought you might be interested. […]

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How to match prints along seams

One of the biggest pet peeves is seeing unmatched prints, stripes and plaids on RTW (ready-to-wear) garments. It seems so lazy! Especially on higher end garments. (This shirt isn’t high-end but still! Not even the slightest effort to match the plaids..) Since I’m a production manager as my day job, I know that it costs […]

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