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” […]
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.
Patch Pocket (patterning) – Pocket attached to a garment by applying in a similar way to a patch or applique. The pocket is entirely on the exterior of the garment. Patch pockets can be made in nearly any shape and size and placed in nearly any location on the garment.