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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / McCall's 7162 in Crepe de Chine on: November 19, 2015 10:57:37 AM
I made this blouse using McCalls 7162 and a beautiful 100% silk in taupe. It had several fit issues, so I added extra bust darts to fix gapping, shortened the hem by several inches and added a bow in the back to cover an uncooperative zipper top. Now I wish I had shortened the bodice at the waist by about an inch, but at least I know for next time. More on my blog here: www.palindromedrygoods.com//2015/11/mccalls-7162-in-taupe-crepe-de-chine.html#.Vk4Z14S3jH0

Thanks for reading!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Butterick 3042 in Wool on: November 02, 2015 01:15:09 PM
I found this adorable vintage pattern on Etsy and I had to have it. Four main skirt pieces feature a pleat in back and pleats in front to create a really cute silhouette. Six functional buttons in front. Unlined. More on my blog: http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2015/11/vintage-butterick-3042-in-wool-plaid.html#.VjfRToS3jH0

Thanks for reading!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corduroy Dress with Vintage Abalone Buttons in back on: October 26, 2015 08:00:18 AM
Thank you everyone! I appreciate all your kind words. Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy Dress with Vintage Abalone Buttons in back on: October 22, 2015 06:09:20 PM
I made this dress several years ago for my parent's vow renewal ceremony. I used a vintage dress pattern that buttoned up the front. The dress is made from baby wale corduroy and the belt is linen. It's too big in the bust, as you can tell by the bunching that's goin' on there, and I would've fixed it if I'd had more experience at the time. More on my blog here: http://palindromedrygoods.blogspot.com/2015/10/corduroy-dress-with-abalone-back-buttons.html#.VimHBxNViko

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler Tunic in Wool Plaid on: October 13, 2015 07:11:16 PM
This looks so good, great use of plaid fabric.

Thank you so much! My only regret is not matching the darn plaid...sigh.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler Tunic in Wool Plaid on: October 13, 2015 07:10:41 PM
How in the world do you keep cranking out all these lovely garments?  Wool plaid is so classic and this is great.

Haha thank you! This one's an old project, I cranked this one out about 2 years ago and am just now getting around to posting it! Cheesy
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Tunic in Wool Plaid on: October 13, 2015 08:37:56 AM
I made this tunic using Amy Butler's Mini Dress, Tunic and Tops pattern and a great wool/poly blend plaid. More on my blog: http://palindromedrygoods.blogspot.com/2015/10/amy-butler-tunic-in-wool-plaid.html#.Vh0eMhNViko

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=681835&ppuser=139232#ixzz3oSkq6yyx

Thanks for reading!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Altered Simplicity 1607 in Linen on: October 07, 2015 09:29:12 AM
I made this yoked skirt using the bottom half of Simplicity 1607. I was inspired by a skirt I saw on Pinterest and Im pretty happy with how it turned out. The waist is just a hair too big (Id say 1/2" inch), but after altering, and re altering Ive decided just to live with it. The inside is finished with a floral cotton (for the yoke), and french seams. Side zipper. Thanks for reading!

More on my blog here: http://palindromedrygoods.blogspot.com/2015/10/handmade-high-waisted-yoked-skirt-in.html#.VhVHULy3jH0

19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to Sew 5 Different Finishing Seams: A Tutorial on: October 03, 2015 09:28:53 AM
Hello There! Today I'll show you step-by-step how to sew five different types of finishing seams. These are suitable for everything from curtains to garments.

This tutorial is originally from my blog. The specific post can be found here: http://palindromedrygoods.blogspot.com/2015/10/sewcabulary-part-3-five-ways-to-finish.html#.Vg_ywbRc3Vk

The original post is slightly more thorough.

Why finish your seams?

Well, firstly, they make the inside of your garment look professional and neat and if you're like me, you always want the inside to be as pretty as the outside.
Secondly, they prevent your fabric from raveling when laundered.
Thirdly, they can actually provide some structural importance, in the case of jeans, for example.

As my sewing knowledge has advanced, I find myself using finishing seams for nearly every project. If you're a beginning seamstress, don't be afraid! Now is a great time to learn these techniques and start incorporating them into those simple projects like pillowcases and curtains. If you're an intermediate or an advanced seamstress, these seams may be an overview for you, or perhaps one of them will be new to you! Comment at the end of the post and let me know if there is another one you'd like demonstrated, or if you sew one of the following seams differently than how I show you!

*We'll be using 5/8" seam allowances through this tutorial.*

1. The French Seam

This seam is great for sheer, lightweight fabrics such as voile, lawn, silks and lace. This is, hands down, the finishing seam I use the most. I use it to finish the majority of the dresses and blouses I make. I also finish all the pillowcases I sell on my Etsy store will french seams so that they don't unravel after being washed.

We're going to start with wrong sides together. If that seems weird to you, you're right, it is weird, but I promise I'm not leading you astray. Trust me!


Sew a 3/8" seam.

We're then going to trim both of the seam allowance to just under 1/4".

Then, fold the fabric right sides together and press.

Pin and sew again, this time with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Ta da! Now you have encased the original seam allowance inside the second seam.

The french seam is incredibly neat on the inside and doesn't change the external appearance of your project at all.

2. The Clean Finished Seam

This seam is excellent for light to medium weight fabrics. Because this seam results in visible seams on the outside of your garment, it is good to use for garments such as unlined jackets and skirts where top-stitching can add be a cute detail. It can, of course, be used for plenty of other projects as well.

We'll start with right sides together. Pin.

Sew with 5/8" seam allowance.

Press seam allowance open and down each edge of the seam allowance, turn under 1/4".


Stitch down each side of the seam allowance, just a hair from the edge.

Your resulting finished seam will look like this on the outside!

3. The Flat Felled Seam

This great finishing seam is often used in denim jeans (take a look at the seam on the inside of your leg if you have jeans on. That's a commercial version of what I'm about to show you!). It is also good for sports clothing and kids clothes because it's tough and adds strength to the seams of your garments.

We'll start with right sides together. Pin.

Sew with 5/8" seam allowance

Press open seam allowance.

Trim one side of the seam allowance to just under 1/4".

On the other side of the seam allowance, fold over 1/4" and press.

Then, fold the folded edge over the trimmed 1/4" seam allowance.

Pin and stitch close to the folded edge.

Your resulting finished Flat Felled seam will look like this on the inside.

And will look like this on the outside.

4. The Bias Bound Seam

This finishing seam looks so darn cute when done in contrasting bias tape. It's perfect for unlined coats, skirts and jackets. It is best for medium and medium/heavy weight fabrics.

Start with right sides together. Pin.

Sew with 5/8" seam allowance.

Iron out seam allowance.

Cut a piece of bias tape 1/2 longer than your seam. Fold out right edge of bias tape and press.

Place your fabric right sides together, leaving one seam allowance out.

Place your bias tape over the seam allowance, long edges even. Pin.

Stitch in the "ditch" left by the fold of the bias tape (that's what my scissor tips are pointing to). You'll be stitching through two layers: one layer of bias tape, and one layer of seam allowance.

Fold bias tape over the seam you just made.

Flip the whole thing over. Now you'll be looking at the opened seam allowance. Your main fabric pieces are still right sides together.

Fold half of the bias tape over the raw edge of your seam allowance.

Iron and pin.

Stitch along the edge of the bias tape (the edge towards the original seam).

When it's all finished, one of your finished seam allowances will look like this!

Repeat all steps on the other seam allowance and then both finished seams will look like this on the inside!

This finished seam doesn't make any changes to the external appearance of the project. Keep in mind that this creates a bit of bulk, and is not suitable for very lightweight or sheer fabrics because the seam finished would create 'lines' that you could see from the outside.

5. The Self Bound Seam

I'll be honest. This is not my favorite finishing seam. It's a bit tedious, but it does make an excellent finish on lightweight fabrics that don't ravel easily.

Start with right sides together.

Stitch a 5/8" seam.

Press open seam allowance.

Trim one side of the seam allowance to 1/8".

Fold over the edge of the other side of the seam allowance 1/4" and press.

Tuck the 1/8" seam allowance into the folded over seam allowance.

Fold the folded edge over the 1/8" piece again and press. (Lots of folding goin' on, eh?)

Push the main fabric pieces to one side and stitch along the edge of the folded seam allowance that is closer to the original seam.

When you're done, it should look like this! You'll have two rows of stitching very close to one another.

And this is what it looks like on the outside. This seam doesn't change the outside appearance.

So there you have it, five different finishing seams that should be in every sewists bag of tricks. What are your favorite finishing seams? Is there another one you'd like to see completed? Thanks for reading!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: McCall's 7247 in Double Layered Knit on: October 03, 2015 08:19:21 AM
Thanks, girls!
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