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How to Sew a Centered Zipper

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I feel as though as soon as I learned how to sew an invisible zipper, I kinda exclusively sewed those in my projects. But I remember way back when I started to sew, I first learned how to sew a centered zipper before any other type of zipper! I do run into issues from time to time when I have a thicker fabric or I just have no invisible zippers lying around and I want to finish my project right then. Read on to see the video on how to sew a centered zipper, for me this was a great refresher!

Gathered Sleeve Pattern: How-To

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Are you sick and tired of making the same pattern with a basic sleeve over and over again? Why not add some fullness and gathers to the sleeve pattern to give your garment a new twist! Watch the video below to see how to take a basic sleeve pattern and make it have gathers along the sleeve crown. This technique gives your sleeve a puffed sleeve look. You can even bring up the hem of the sleeve to make it a short sleeve pattern with gathers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to pattern making.

Make your own T-Shirt for National Serger Month!

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Hi there BurdaStylers, April is National Serger Month! A couple of weeks ago in honour of this special month I first made a pair of spandex leggings, and for this serger project I made a cool T-shirt with a crochet fabric back (disclaimer: I did not crochet the back, I purchased it already crocheted). Read on to see all my steps in making this summery top!

How to Draft a Cowl Neckline in One Minute

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Watch to see how I drafted a cowl neckline on a basic bodice pattern. This technique is great to use on any top or dress sewing pattern that has an existing jewel or basic neckline, and either meant for knit or woven fabrics! For this video I used our basic Bodice Sloper pattern.

3 Tips for Working with Vintage Sewing Patterns

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Sewing as a hobby has been around for many, many years. Did you know that the first tissue sewing pattern was made in 1863? Vintage sewing patterns are very nostalgic and give us a glimpse into past generation’s styles. You can find vintage sewing patterns just about about anywhere like thrift shops, online, and my personal favorite place to find them… rummage sales! I have even dug through my grandmother’s old pattern stash for inspiration. These patterns may be fabulous and retro… but they have been around the block and need extra special attention when working with them. Read this post on my top 3 tips for working with vintage sewing patterns.

Make your own Leggings for National Serger Month!

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If you didn’t already know, April is National Serger Month! So in honour of this special month (because I love sewing with sergers) I decided to sew up a pair of leggings which are in my opinion the best thing that you can sew purely on a serger. Check out the post to see how I created these versatile leggings.

How to Sew a Lapped Zipper

Watch to see how using tape to help you sew your lapped zipper will result in perfect topstitching!

How to Bias Bound Finish your Seam Allowance!

Don’t have a serger? Using fabric that frays? Want a couture finish for your garment? Then why not bias bound all your seam allowances… Watch to see!

How to Mark, Lay, and Sew Various Types of Pleats

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Question
… “How do I prevent irregular pleats?”

Answer
“Mark the exact placement on fabric, and baste the pleats in place before you sew”… Read on to see the pleat process.

How to Add Gathers to your Bodice Sewing Pattern

Watch to see how I transformed a basic bodice pattern into a bodice with a side gathered panel!

Color Blocking with the Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine!

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Hi BurdaStylers! I had the pleasure of receiving the Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine play with, and the features are remarkable of this machine… I have never seen a machine that can hold a smart device before! In this post I showcase this machine as well as debut a color blocking DIY from BurdaStyle magazine. I do love a good color blocked garment, whether I sew it from scratch or add to an existing garment. Read on to see the features of this Speigel sewing machine and how to DIY color block.

Dickie DIY

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Yes, they are back in style and you can easily make one for yourself with this free pattern and some scrap stretch fabric. Jazz it up by sewing it in a printed fabric, adding studs around the neck, some beads, or wear with a chunky necklace. Keep your neck warm without all the bulk of a turtleneck. Read on to see how I made mine…

DIY Apron Holiday Gift

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This year I know I wanted to make at least ONE of my holiday gifts… so I made this turquoise apron using our draft-it-yourself Apron pattern and it turned out fabulous, fun, and feminine (my favorite f word). There is something so rewarding in giving your loved ones handmade gifts that are unique and one-of-a-kind, and best of all made with love! Read more for my full sewing tutorial on making this DIY apron (p.s. it only took me 3 hours from start to finish, including wrapping).

Holiday Sew Along with Jade: Vote on the Dress Pattern!

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Everyone needs a good Holiday dress to wear throughout the season, or just maybe on NYE! Well we have recruited power member Jaderbug to host a Holiday Sew Along for us and we need your help! Vote on one of these three dress patterns for Jade to make an interactive sew along for, and then you can join in on the fun and sew along with Jade and other members. You will have access to Jade, videos, the pattern, and more! Read on and vote… Update: With 74 votes the #3 Long Sleeve Lace Dress is the winner!!! Thanks to all who voted You can register for the sew along here!

The Difference Between Knit and Woven Fabrics

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All fabrics can be categorized into either being a knit or woven fabric. The simplest way to determine if a fabric is a knit or woven is if it is stretchy or not… Woven’s do not naturally stretch, and knit fabrics do. There are a lot more things to learn about the different characteristics of fabrics, but when sewing it is very important to know the difference and also know what type of fabric your sewing pattern is meant for. There are few patterns that the fabric can be interchanged. Read on to learn more about knit and woven fabrics and their characteristics…

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