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Sewing A Plaid Granville Shirt: Deciding What to Cut on the Bias

I’m starting a plaid version of the Granville shirt soon. It’ll be perfect for fall, for layering under warm cabled sweaters and wearing under jackets. What’s cool about plaid fabric is the lines. Cutting pieces on the bias turns these into diagonal lines, which adds visual interest and can draw attention to different parts of the garment. […]

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How to Insert Elastic into Casings: Tips for Making it Easier

Today’s post is all about how to insert elastic into casings, with tips for making it quicker and easier! One of the first projects you might make as you learn to sew is elastic waist shorts or an elastic waist skirt, like our Rae Skirt. Several of our patterns, including the new Nicola and Harwood dresses, […]

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Tips for Taking Project Photos, For Sewing Bloggers

Hey, everyone! I’ve read all of the comments on last week’s post  – Who Loves Taking Finished Project Photos? and I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts. It’s rather surprising that many sewing bloggers don’t enjoy getting their photo taken. Don’t you think that’s interesting? It’s the sort of blogging that requires photos, and photos of yourself most likely. Yet […]

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Shirtmaking: Pocket and Pocket Flap Templates

Here’s a quick post on sewing the pockets, including making pocket templates, for the Granville Shirt! This is the fabric I chose: It’s a beachy, summery printed cotton voile. It’s from Spool of Thread, bought last summer, with the intention to make a shirt for the summer. At least I’m ready for this summer instead! I made this […]

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Tutorial: Sewing the Renfrew V Neck

Today, I have a tutorial that’s been requested several times: how to sew the V neck on the Renfrew Top. This is the most requested tutorial we haven’t done yet, so here it is! In the pattern instructions, this is Sewing Step 4 and 5. I’m going to break it down in detail and show you how to sew […]

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