Improving Theatrical Costumes

Collar & CuffsAre you in charge of the costumes for an amateur play or musical production? It’s a daunting challenge for anyone! In this three-part series of articles, we’ll discuss all manner of tips and tricks to help you make the most of your theatrical costumes, even if you’re on a budget.

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What to Wear: Rules for Victorian Dressing

Ballgowns

Do you know the difference between a Victorian morning dress, afternoon dress, and evening gown? What about a dinner dress vs a ballgown? Do you know what’s appropriate to wear while swimming, skating, playing croquet, or cycling? In this two-part article, we’ll explore the intricate rules for Victorian dressing.

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New: Student Portfolio

Over the years, I’ve had some very talented students! Would you like to see some of their projects? Take a look!

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Hello Kitty Kindle Cover

Kindle CoverA couple years ago, I made a slipcover for my Kindle Fire’s case. Not long after, a friend asked me to make one for her Kindle, too. This is the diary of that experience. (Yes, I know, I’m getting behind in posting my sewing diaries!)

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Tote Bag Sewing Diary

Flower ButtonsI recently made a small tote bag that was both fun and easy. I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, but altered a few key details (such as finishing the raw seam allowances). Follow my creative process in this sewing diary.

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A Year of Sewing: 2015

Antique LaceIn the past year, I accomplished more than I thought I would! Here’s a brief rundown of all the sewing projects I completed in 2015.

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Basics: The Secret Overlock Stitch

Overlock StitchFinishing your seam allowances is a must, but the easiest method isn’t well-known! Learn all about the oft-forgotten overlock stitch, including which presser foot to use, and tips for professional results.

Basics: The Secret Overlock Stitch

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Guest Blog: 10 Tips to Improve Your Sewing

Alternate NotchesRecently, I was asked to contribute to the teacher’s blog at Take Lessons. I was happy to oblige and wrote a piece filled with suggestions to help you take your sewing skills up a notch. It includes advice on seam finishing, pressing as you sew, and using the right needle, along with several other tips you may find helpful, such as directional stitching, and even a couture method for eliminating the bulk of backstitching!

If you’re ready to take your sewing to the next level, head on over and take a look:

10 Tips to Improve Your Sewing

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Sewing Room Safety: 14 Tips

Seam RippersWhile sewing isn’t an inherently dangerous occupation, working with sharp shears, needles, and pins has its risks! Here are 14 tips to help you sew safely.

Sewing Room Safety: 14 Tips

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Easy-Peasy Fabric Organization

Organizing FabricTame your stash! With this new trick, you’ll be able to organize all your fabrics, neat and tidy. (And when you’re done, you’ll have extra room—so you can buy more fabric!)

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