Daffodil Capris | Daffodil Top Pattern | Featured Patterns | sewing tips | Tutorials

How to Sew an Underlining – on the Fabric.com Blog

[This post contains affiliate links, which are indicated by *. More information here.] Tie Dye Diva is blogging over at the Fabric.com blog again today! Last time we showed you how to sew a blind hem. Today our fabulous new TDD assistant Gina is over there showing you step-by-step how to sew an underlining so … Continue reading “How to Sew an Underlining – on the Fabric.com Blog”

Fair & Square Dress and Top | free tutorial | sewing tips | TDD Pattern Add Ons | Tutorials

Easy Placket Tutorial – Avoiding the Continuous Lap Placket (if you must!)

Today we have an easy placket tutorial for you. We’ve done a few continuous lap placket tutorials here for the skirt portion of a dress or back of a top. I love them! Some people don’t. So here’s a way to do a very simple alternative to the placket.  It’s not my preferred method because … Continue reading “Easy Placket Tutorial – Avoiding the Continuous Lap Placket (if you must!)”

Every Day Top | Featured Patterns | free tutorial | Potato Chip Skirt | sewing tips | Tutorials

How to Sew a Blind Hem (on Fabric.com blog)

We at Tie Dye Diva are SO excited to be the very first featured contributor on the brand-new Fabric.com blog! Today we’re over there showing you step-by-step how to sew a blind hem, both by machine and by hand. Blind hems are so versatile and add a professional look to your garments. Our post features … Continue reading “How to Sew a Blind Hem (on Fabric.com blog)”

Featured Patterns | Open Back Top for Girls | sewing tips | Tutorials

Sewing with Apparel Fabrics (on the Cali & Co Blog)

I am blogging today over at Cali & Co. Come find out how my experiment with our free-to-Facebook-Group-members Open Back Top pattern, Cuddle fur, and slippery satin went! While you are there, don’t miss their $100 giveaway celebrating their newly launched blog. Hello Hoodie, Potato Chip Pants, Potato Chip Skirt, Garnet Tee and (backwards) Open … Continue reading “Sewing with Apparel Fabrics (on the Cali & Co Blog)”

Butterfly Dress | Featured Patterns | sewing tips | Tutorials

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!)”

Butterfly Dress | Featured Patterns | sewing tips | Tutorials

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”

Perfect Party Dress | sewing tips | Tutorials

It’s Not SCARY: Sewing a Zipper

Zippers….You asked for it and here it is!  Sewing a zipper is NOT SCARY! Installing a zipper is a more advanced skill than buttons and loops or even buttonholes, but a zipper has it’s place.  Special occasion fabrics are not always suitable to sewing buttonholes. Or perhaps your wiggly toddler doesn’t like being still long … Continue reading “It’s Not SCARY: Sewing a Zipper”

sewing tips | Tutorials

It’s Not SCARY: Continuous Lap Plackets

Continuous lap plackets are an invaluable technique for sewing, especially sewing for children.  A placket allows extra room for a garment to go over the head and shoulders easily.  They are found on many Tie Dye Diva Patterns tops and dresses, especially patterns for babies. Fair & Square top and dress for babies Every Day … Continue reading “It’s Not SCARY: Continuous Lap Plackets”

sewing tips | Tutorials

It’s Not SCARY: Rolled Hems

Rolled hems are a skill you will use over and over and over! I would be lost without rolled hems in my sewing repertoire.  Rolled hems can be done on both your serger or sewing machine.  While a rolled hem on the serger is more common, today I am mostly addressing rolled hems on your … Continue reading “It’s Not SCARY: Rolled Hems”

Butterfly Dress | Featured Patterns | sewing tips | Tutorials

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”