What I keep by my sewing machine.

I thought it might be interesting to describe what tools I keep by my sewing machine to have to ready to use. I have a small plastic box for these tools, it keeps them together, and makes it easy to move them around between different working areas. Here are the items in the box, laid […]


Tightening a low V back.

This dress was loose in the back. I lifted the lace motifs and made a dart in the tulle layer. Now I know it will fit correctly, I will resew the motifs to hide the dart.


Adding sleeves to a sleeveless dress

This sleeveless dress was purchased with a matching stole, which I used to create sleeves for it to give some upper-arm coverage. Because the shoulder strap is narrow and is positioned fairly centrally on the shoulder, a more fitted sleeve would not work, so I needed to make it quite wide.


Sewing Machine Cover

Despite a very busy summer for alterations, I managed to make something for myself – a sewing machine cover. I have been covering my machine with a plastic cover when it is not in use, but it was becoming rather torn and tatty. I previously sorted out some blue and yellow quilting fabrics to make […]


Two cowl necked top designs

Here are two interpretations of the term ‘cowl neck top’ using Garment Designer Cowl Neck Top – Type A, a bias draped cowl at the front. I decided to use a contoured top with cap sleeves, so I picked these options. The semi-fitted Top Style is the least fitted of the contoured options. Top Group: […]


Chiffon Jacket With Dramatic Shawl Collar

Originally posted on my personal blog on 14 November 2011 Someone asked me about this chiffon draped jacket, so I thought I would put together a tutorial on how to create a similar garment using Garment Designer. I started with a Standard Top, using the Oversized style with Sloped shoulders. The neck is Shawl Collar, […]


Pool Cover-up Jumpsuit

I thought I would post a tutorial about how you can use Garment Designer for a sewing pattern as I posted recently about using it for knitting.A client brought a strapless jumpsuit to me for alteration. It had shirring at the top and at the waistline. When I mentioned it on the Designer School Yahoo […]


The story of a cardigan

I originally wrote a guest blog for Cochenille Design Studio detailing how I used the software to design this cardigan. They graciously allowed me to repost the blog entry here. To see the Cochenille Design Studio blog, visit http://cochenilledesignstudio.blogspot.com/ On holiday a number of years ago, I wandered into a yarn shop and fell in […]


Needle storage

I have some Pony bamboo interchangeable circular needles. They come in 2 attachment sizes, brass and black painted. I decided I needed some kind of storage for them, and when I was in the stationery store I noticed some scuba fabric pencil cases. I bought 2, in pink and blue. I sewed some dividing lines to […]


Darn it!

Not something I do often, but my client loved his sweaters and wanted to keep them despite having torn both underarms in both sweaters. All 4 looked something like this. After darning. After steaming.   Posted with Blogsy


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