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Sewing Technique: Widening the Waist

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Check out this great tutorial on how to widen the waistline of your garment! This insert technique will work on pants, skirt, and even form fitting tops. When you are finished no one will ever know, because it looks so much like a design detail.

Sequin Savvy

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There is no question that I love sequins! I love how shiny they are, and how catch they catch the light when you walk into a room. Wearing sequins is fabulous…but sewing them is a whole different story. I’ll show you some techniques I use when sewing with sequins as well as share our top selling sequin patterns and inspiring member projects sewn with sequins.

Sewing Technique: Combined Neckline Armhole Facing

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You’ll mostly find facings on a garment’s neckline, armhole, or waistline. A facing creates a nice finish on the edge of your fabric where you don’t want topstiching to show. I recently made a crop top that faces the neckline and armhole of the top, and I’m going to show you my step-by-step process!

Share Your Buttonhole Tips

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We’re compiling a Top-10 list of member tips in the premier issue of BurdaStyle US magazine.

Couture Sewing: Darts

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With the cold weather setting in the Northern hemisphere, what’s better than to wrap yourself in warm woolen garments? Especially if they are made by yourself.

A few couture techniques may help you achieve more professional and polished look for your next tweed blazer or bouclé dress. A seemingly basic construction element – a dart – can be key in accomplishing this task.

The Unsung Notion: Beeswax

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Hundreds of sewing patterns, sewing books, magazines and instructions and hardly any mention of this most useful sewing notion: beeswax.

Couture Seam Finishes: Hand Overcasting

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Honestly, I hardly know anyone who hand overcasts nowadays. Do you?

But the sewing nerd I am I could not resist making a case for it. You may say that hand overcasting takes ages, and that it is much easier to serge or zigzag the edges, or use Hong Kong finish, or anything else.

What's In the Grain?

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We all know how important it is to cut fabric on grain, right? Yet, how many of you use grain lines as a guide for fitting? I must confess that I have been ignorant of grain lines for quite some time.

Before, I was fitting garments using a trial-and-error approach: pulling fabric on one side, letting out on the other… The result? DISTORTED BALANCE!! The garment pulled and twisted, especially after washing. Wasted time, and a growing stash of UFOs because of poor fit. Are you familiar with this scenario, dear readers? I am, unfortunately!

The Importance of Sewing Scissors: Shozaburo Japanese Tailor Shears

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If you sew then I don’t need to tell you about how important it is to have a good pair of scissors. Shears to be precise. I had a great pair years ago and my kids got ahold of them, used them on who knows what and they were ruined forever. Take note, NEVER let your kids near your sewing shears!

Invisible Details of a Couture Garment: The Waist Stay

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“Dress malfunction!”
“Help with strapless dress, please!”
“How do you make your strapless stay up?!”

Readers, these are just a few of the many, many cries for help from those who have had bad experiences with strapless dresses. Who wants to have a dress slide down and expose your bosom while you’re trying to enjoy a night of dancing, right?

Silk Lining for a Couture Finish

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Selection of lining fabric is probably one of the most neglected steps in sewing. While we carefully choose the quality, type, drape and color of fashion fabric, time and money is often saved on linings. I used to be ignorant about linings myself, using polyester for almost every project. Only once I became interested in couture sewing, I learned that silk linings – characteristic for couture – could considerably improve the look and the feel of a garment.

However, silk is available in a different weight, weave and quality. Which one to choose? The following sampling represents some of the most common choices in couture. Use these luxurious textiles for your special projects, or –if budget is not an issue – for everyday clothing as well.

Peter's 30 Sewing Dos and Don'ts

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Editor’s Note: I want to start this post by saying what a pleasure it has been having Peter on board with us here at BurdaStyle. He has brought a unique and personal approach to both sewing and fashion and we will miss his weekly doses of witty commentary and technical prowess. Thanks again, Peter!

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Couture Classes

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You may prefer quick sewing to lengthy couture hand sewing, but one thing is sure – couture sewing classes are in demand.

Earlier this April I contacted Claire Shaeffer, author of Couture Sewing Techniques and instructor, asking for information on her Chanel suit class. Imagine my surprise when I learned that all classes for 2011 were full and the first available class was in January 2012!

Pre-Shrinking Interfacing -- Do You or Don't You?

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Readers, you know that saying that goes “the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know”?

A while back, I was interfacing the collar and cuffs of a cotton shirt I was making, using a hot iron at a medium-low setting, no steam, and pressing for 10 seconds. (The way I’d always done it, which I’d learned…I can’t remember where!) The results were not encouraging.

Learning to Sew: Peter's Top Ten Tips!

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I am often asked how I learned to sew and what advice I would give beginners. Since I started sewing only two years ago, it’s all very fresh in my mind!

So here, in no particular order, is my entirely subjective, highly biased top ten tips list:

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