The Complete Techniques from the Colette Sewing Handbook
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Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing object: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. Pulled from the wildly successful The Colette Sewing Handbook, the tips and techniques presented in this ebook will have you sewing the wardrobe of your dreams in no time.
you should if you want something perfect for you! But any changes you make to the pieces should be thoughtful and intentional, so that they will continue to fit together. Sewing already has so many variables, why make it harder on yourself by introducing guesswork? Stabilize Tricky Fabrics Some fabrics are notoriously hard to handle when it’s time to cut. Light and filmy fabrics, such as chiffon, can shift at the slightest breeze, while slippery fabrics, such as charmuese, seem
line, use that. (Figure 1A) Figure 2A STEP 2: Spread the pattern pieces apart evenly along the slash to make the pieces longer. (Figure 2A) STEP 3: Tape them in place. Redraw the side seams and dart. STEP 4: Repeat the alteration on the Bodice Back. Short-Waisted Figure 1B STEP 1: Use a ruler to draw a straight line across the Bodice Front, an inch or two (2.5cm-5.1cm) above the waistline. If the pattern provides an adjustment line, use that. (Figure 1B) Figure 2B STEP
fabrics work. The second way is a technical understanding. There is a huge variety of textiles in the world, and being able to interpret the language around fabric will greatly enhance your ability to work with them. The technical understanding serves to strengthen the sensory understanding by giving voice to all the many qualities of cloth, allowing you a stronger understanding of how to use them. Think of it this way: Having a sensory understanding of fabric is like being a good storyteller,
clothing is to make yourself something special, something that you will love. Even if you can’t afford to buy expensive designer clothing, you can afford to make yourself the best if you take a slow and considered approach. Treat yourself to a garment that feels as lovely and detailed on the inside as it does on the outside. Seam Finishes There are many techniques for finishing seams, but the goal of each is to treat the raw edges of your fabric to prevent raveling and give a neat
bound edge method to bind each raw edge of the seam separately. SERGED SEAM Serging is what you will see most often in ready-to-wear clothing. Raw edges are stitched with a special machine called a serger, which holds multiple spools of thread and trims the seams as it sews. If you don’t have a serger, you can try zigzag stitching over the raw edges of your seam allowance, or use your sewing machine’s overlock stitch if it has one. Be aware that this uses a considerable amount of thread.