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3 Ways to Spice Up Your Sewn Garments (and where to shop!)

Our Butterfly Dress pattern for Girls You don’t need me to tell you that lace and trims can make all the difference in taking a handmade garment from just “OK” to flat-out gorgeous. Let’s take a look at some places to find these special adornments, and three ways to use them to spice up your … Continue reading “3 Ways to Spice Up Your Sewn Garments (and where to shop!)”

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Techniques for Finishing a Partial Armscye

Many sewing patterns that include a yoke-style bodice are designed with a lined yoke and an unlined skirt or bottom portion, leaving the need for the bottom portion of the armscye (or ‘armhole’) to be finished. Tie Dye Diva pattern examples are The Butterfly Dress pattern, The Fair & Square Top and Dress pattern, and … Continue reading “Techniques for Finishing a Partial Armscye”

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It’s Not SCARY: Turning Bias Button Loops

  Raise your hand if turning bias button loops scares you!  It’s intimidating for many seamstresses to try and turn such a narrow tube, but with a few tips and tries you’ll be turning button loop tubes like a pro, and enjoying the professional look that fabric loops give your garment. Rule for Success #1 … Continue reading “It’s Not SCARY: Turning Bias Button Loops”

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Tutorial Tuesday: Sewing a Continuous Lap Placket

Adding a placket into the skirt portion of a dress allows the dress to open wider, which can be handy when dressing wiggly toddlers or struggling with kids with big noggins. There are a few methods of adding a placket. One that I teach in several Tie Dye Diva patterns is the “continuous lap placket”. … Continue reading “Tutorial Tuesday: Sewing a Continuous Lap Placket”

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A Year of Dresses: Butterfly Dress

Welcome back as we resume A Year of Dresses!  I’ve lost track of weeks, but A Year of Dresses started at the end of April 2014 with this Big Bow Dress and has continued every week (with the exception of December’s hiatus).  We will pick up again now and plan to finish strong through April.  I’m … Continue reading “A Year of Dresses: Butterfly Dress”

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A Year of Dresses: Butterfly Baby Top

This week I’m back with another great sewing project for the end of summer, heading into fall.  If you still need some back to school sewing this outfit will be great!  Shoulders covered, check. Playground appropriate, check.  Layer-able, check. The Butterfly Baby Top will quickly become on of your favorite go to patterns (and the … Continue reading “A Year of Dresses: Butterfly Baby Top”