December 19, 2019
This is a lovely, classic sewing technique you'll use over and over!
As you can see, the long sleeve view for Valerie features a sleeve gathered into a cuff. This is definitely one of the trickier parts of the process, as it requires quite a bit of precision! So I decided a video tutorial would be the best way to shed some light on this technique. This clever technique is often used in womenswear. It's a little less intense than the big, structured tower placket used on traditional shirts. It's a nice and subtle finish for the opening!
Learn how to sew a lovely continuous bound placket with the help of our video tutorial. In this video, I sewed a sample up, instead of working with a full garment (which is why my "sleeve" is cut off at the top!). You will also notice I used contrast thread, to make it easier to see!
You might be wondering about the grainline of the binding. Oftentimes, binding is cut on the bias, but not today!! Why? Because we do not need the flexibility of the bias; there are no curves to go around. The bias is going to be harder to sew because of that flexible nature, so I cut my binding on the straight grain for this technique. The straight grain is nice and stable and will make your pressing and sewing much, much easier! The only time I would use the bias for this technique is if I wanted to put a stripe or plaid on the diagonal as a pretty design feature.
If you haven't already done so, you can buy the Valerie pattern here!
I hope this videos helps! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Happy sewing!
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The Clementine dress and top now has a full bust option, giving you more versatility with your fit, and giving a wider range of people the option to make Clementine!
Clementine was the first pattern we ever released (aww!). It's really nice to provide ongoing support and updates for our patterns.
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Check out our in-depth video on sewing an invisible zip! This tutorial was created as part of the extra content for the Ella skirt, which you can buy here. But naturally, you can use this tutorial for any pattern which uses an invisible zip!
I have been developing my invisible zip technique for years, and have tried every way of sewing them! I have combined all the things I've learned along the way into my own ultimate method. I absolutely love this pinless way of sewing. And if it scares you to sew without pins, don't worry, I have some handling tips, and even some examples that show you what not to do. If you still prefer to use pins, of course that's okay too! Sewing is all about doing it the way that makes you happy.