Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sewing Tutorials

It's fantastic how the www works, really.  Until about 5 years ago I used to sew in solitary splendor although obviously I knew there were others out there.  Then I joined PatternReview and started reading blogs.  Over time, I came to realize that through communication on the internet, I had improved my sewing and been introduced to a whole lot of new sewing information and resources. 

Among which are on-line sewing tutorials.  The best collection of them that I know of can be found on Sigrid's blog. I was thrilled when Sigrid contacted me to ask if she could include a few of my own photo-tutorials on her site.  In future I'll post tutorials on this blog as they occur to me.  For now, here's a list of the ones I've prepared and links to Flickr where you can read through them.  Enjoy!  If you have any questions about these techniques, feel free to ask. 

Faced fly front zipper.  This is one of those construction methods that looks like it is impossible.  But it is not! 

Bound buttonholes.  The method I illustrated is actually overkill - you don't need to sew all those parallel basting lines because once you sew around the box and slash the opening, cutting right to the corners, the patch forms perfect "lips" when it wraps over the cut edges. 

I'm going to be making bound buttonholes in my plaid jacket and will update the tutorial then. 

Beltloops.  This method doesn't rely on remembering to sew one end of the loop into the waistband (I always forget to do this!), and it doesn't require topstitching the loop to the garment - all attaching stitches are concealed and there are no raw edges.  More magic!

Bellows patch pocket.  I made this tutorial to translate Burda's somewhat incoherent instructions into something understandable.  The bellows are decorative on my linen jacket, but this technique would work for real cargo pockets as well. 

Leather mittens.  Mittens are sooo much warmer than gloves, and leather mittens are windproof and look nice too.  These are made from an old leather skirt found in a thrift shop.  The tutorial includes a birds-eye view of my pattern as well as all construction techniques.

Lined pocket flaps.  This is another technique I'll use on my plaid jacket.  To reduce bulk, use lining fabric to face the flap, and to ensure the edges are hidden, make sure the lining layer is slightly smaller than the outer flap.  The seams will roll automatically to the wrong side. 


  1. Thank you so much for posting these tutorials. Good stuff!

  2. I love the www sewing community. I learned more in one year time than in the past 25 years when I sewed on my own.
    I love Sigrid's tut blog.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge

  3. Like you I have learned some new and improved techniques via www. There is true inspiration all around and I have made some great sewing cyber friends.

  4. Thank you for sharing your tutorials and your knowledge. I've learned so much from the online sewing community, and it's more fun than learning from books!

  5. Thank you for the nice comment on the sewing tutorials blog. Hadn't seen your tutorial for the pocket flap yet and will include that one in my next update.
    Like many others I've learned so much from the www (including that there are so many books in the English language that I've spent quite a lot of money on them too). I'm sure that the level of my sewing has improved enormously in the last few years.

  6. Thanks for posting these. I too have learned SO much since the internet "took off", beginning with the sewing board on Prodigy at 14,400 baud, or was it slower? Anyway, much love to my fellow sewers, especially those who are so kind to contribute their beautiful projects to inform, instruct and inspire all of us!