Dolman Sleeve (patterning) – A sleeve cut in one piece with the bodice. The armhole is usually dropped in this style.
Marking fabric is always a bit of a hangup for me. I tend to make projects over several weeks so selecting a marking method that will last for a long time, be easily removable, and not leave anything behind is important to me. I love couture sewing and tailoring. Both of these “schools of sewing” […]
Stitch-in-the-ditch (sewing) – Stitching in the valley or ditch of a seam. This hides stitching from the outside of a garment. Used often in collars, waistbands, quilting, and attaching linings.
Pinking/Pinking Sheers (cutting) – Pinking sheers are scissors with specialized blades that create a series of triangle shaped edges. Pinking is used to help prevent raw edges from fraying and was a common finish in home dress making before the serger was more widely available to home sewers.
Anchoring Stitches (sewing) – Anchoring stitches are a set of tiny stitches used to secure the start and/or end of a seam. Use the smallest stitch length on your machine and take around 5 or 8 stitches. Adjust the stitch length as needed and continue your seam. At the end of the seam, repeat anchoring […]
Silk Habotai (fabric) – A smooth, fine silk fabric originally from Japan. It is also known as “china silk”. Silk habotai has soft and supple hand with a lustrous sheen. It is economical (for silk) and has a smooth surface. Comes in many widths and weights. It is often used for linings. A polyester version […]
Hand (fabric) – The description of how a fabric acts in your hand and feels on your skin. Typical descriptions include: Smooth, Soft, Crisp, Stiff, Rough, Textured, Silky, etc.
Serger (sewing machine) – Specialized sewing machine that creates an overlock stitch. Some home serger machines can convert to make a cover stitch or chain stitch.