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It’s Curvy Sewing Education Week – and get 25% off workshops!

Welcome to Curvy Sewing Education Week on Cashmerette! I don’t know about you, but this time of year always gives me that “back to school” feeling, and I feel a hankering to buy new lined notebooks and 5 packs of tights. So I thought it was a great time to run the first ever Curvy {…Continue Reading}

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two customizations using the sunny day shorts

Thanks to Anne, we have two nice tutorials on how to customize the Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts.

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How to crochet the mane on a lion!

Our Kepler the Lion CAL is well underway! Ami Club members have the pattern available in your downloads, and the pattern is also available for individual purchase! There’s already a lot of great finished Kepler’s in the July/August CAL: Kepler the Lion Finished Photos thread, but I know there’s still a lot of you who […]

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Modern Handcraft now on Youtube!

Hi friends! I have been a little MIA from the blog these days, but great news – I am making some of my more popular tutorials into Youtube videos for you to enjoy! As a visual learner myself, I love […]

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Pattern Hack: Converting palazzo pants to tie-front wrap pants

Objective: Convert a pattern for woven, elastic-waist pants, to a pattern for tie-front wrap pants From this: to this: Who’s it for? Anybody who wants to give it a try! Any restrictions? Before attempting this hack, you should be reasonably familiar with how regular pants go together Difficulty 2 out of 5. Supplies For drafting…

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Rope Basket Purse Tutorial: The Perfect Summer Bag!

Rope bowl purse tutorial // Sewing purse DIY // Closet Case PatternsYou may remember the gorgeous rope basket bag I was carrying in my last me-made outfit post, and as promised,

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How to Make a Big Shirt Smaller

How to make a big shirt smaller - take a too large t-shirt and cut it down to size - Photo and video tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all, welcome to August, where the sewing theme this month is Impulse Sews. Because sometimes you just have to clear your plans and sew stuff as it comes up. Like today’s post – I have a cousin that a see a few times a year, and like me she has short girl problems, so Read the Rest…

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Round-up: Curvy Pattern Hacks

To get the creative juices flowing and give you some ideas for Pattern Hacking Month, we thought we would round up some pattern hacks curvy sewists have done on curvy patterns! (There are a ton of documented hacks out there by talented straight-sized sewists, too, that could be applicable to curvy gals, but for purposes…

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how to line shorts–or any pair of pants

In this tutorial, we show you how to line any pair of pants. Shelley demonstrates the process by adding a lining to the Liesl + Co. SoHo Shorts.

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liesl + co. classic shirt as a dress, all the details

Liesl shows you how you can turn the Liesl + Co. Classic Shirt pattern into a classic shirt dress. It’s easier than you think, and it greatly expands the number of things you can do with this pattern.

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free popover placket and tutorial

Ever wanted to sew the Liesl + Co. Classic Shirt as a pop-over instead of button-front style? Now you can with this free popover placket pattern piece and tutorial.

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How to Sew a Travel Wrap

Make a travel wrap - wear this wrap in these styles and more - simple tutorial (could even be no sew!) from Melly Sews for this travel scarfHey y’all, here’s my last travel post of the month – I’m going to show you how to make a travel wrap. And yes, I know today is technically August and not July, but there was that Skirting the Issue post and I’m on a summer-time schedule anyway. So we’ll pick up with August’s theme next Read the Rest…

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How to Sew a Maxi Skirt

How to Sew a Maxi Skirt - How to Sew a Flat Front Skirt - How to Sew a Lined Skirt - Combine techniques for this casual skirt tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – today I’m sharing how to sew a maxi skirt. When I started contemplating what I wanted to sew for Skirting the Issue over at Simple Simon & Co this year, I took a good look at my closet and realized I wanted a basic, neutral colored maxi skirt. And I wanted an elastic Read the Rest…

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“Why doesn’t it fit?!”: A Sewing Checklist

One of the great joys but also great frustrations of garment sewing is learning how to fit your clothes. Sometimes you can think you did everything perfectly, and yet your garment still doesn’t fit – and it can be particularly challenging when you’re new to sewing, and have no idea where to even start! So {…Continue Reading}

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Centered Single Decrease (csd)

The Centered Single Decrease is magically slant-less. It is worked over three stitches, decreasing one,…

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Tips For Sewing a V Neckline // Charlie Caftan

How to Sew a V Neckline // Charlie Caftan Pattern // Closet Case PatternsToday we are wrapping up posts on our Charlie Caftan pattern with this tutorial on sewing a V neckline with

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Sew and Use Packing Cubes

How to sew and use packing cubes - Melly SewsHey y’all, today I’m sharing how to sew and use packing cubes. Packing cubes are a recent discovery of mine. And you might be a skeptic (like the Coach) about why and how they’re even useful. Like why pack your things in one bag just to pack them in another? I am a famously light Read the Rest…

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Make your own teething pads for Ergo baby carrier

Recently I was asked to make a pair of ‘teething pads’ to fit around the straps of an Ergo baby carrier, with a loop at the top for hanging toys from.  In case you want to know how to make something similar, I’m writing a brief tutorial! The dimensions I was given to work from […]

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Finishing the Center Panel // Charlie Caftan

Charlie Caftan Finishing Center Panel // Closet Case PatternsLast week we walked you through sewing the inset panel of your Charlie Caftan; today we’ll focus on beautifully finishing

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popover sundress tutorial

Learn how to sew the free Oliver + S Popover Sundress with this step-by-step photo tutorial.

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Sew a Travel Case – Using a Free Pattern!

So cool how this stands up! DIY Zip and Go Travel Case - Sew a Standing Zipper Roll for your Travel Essentials - Melly SewsHey y’all, welcome to July where this month’s blog theme is travel sewing! Today I’m sharing how you can sew a travel case – with a video I used for this zip and go one I sewed up. I love the way it stands up and holds things in their places! When I was a Read the Rest…

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How to Sew Slipstitch

Want to brush up on your hand sewing skills?

Slipstitch is a hand stitch that you can use to join a folded edge of fabric to another piece of fabric – for example, for hemming or for attaching binding inside an armhole.

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Shibori Dyed Sundress – How To Indigo Dye

How to Shibori Dye - Make this Shibori Dyed Sundress with this tutorial and pattern - Melly SewsHey y’all – today I’m sharing my last sundress of the series, this shibori dyed bedsheet that I turned into my favorite new thing to wear when it’s so hot that I just can’t even. I’ll show you a few shibori dyeing techniques and share the pattern so you can make your own. Shibori is Read the Rest…

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Curvy Pattern Tutorial: Sew your own Geneva-inspired Dress

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been eyeing that Geneva dress from Universal Standard and wondering if it’s worth the money. I’ve heard from several reliable sources that they’re wonderfully made, that the jersey is awesome, and I love the company for their policy of letting customers exchange their garments for a new size for…

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Floral Sundress with Free Pattern

Sew a dropped waist floral sundress with big pockets - tutorial and pattern by Melly SewsHey y’all – aloha! Today I’m sharing this floral sundress that was my last minute travel sewing for this vacation. Once upon a time, before we had kids, the Coach and I took a trip to Hawaii and fell in love with the state. And we returned every summer…but then we had the boys. We Read the Rest…

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Video: Holiday Ornament Quilt

This post contains affiliate links. Read the full disclosure here. I’m back with another video! This time it’s for a fantastic holiday quilt called ‘Hanging Out with the Homies’. The quilt uses fabrics from Tula Pink’s fabric line, ‘Holiday Homies’. It’s a beautiful red-and-green wonderland of prints and my favorite are the animals wearing holiday sweaters! […]

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DIY tie front cut-out dress or swim coverup refashion

Instructions: *Try to find a shirt thats a little thicker so you it isn’t too see through! 1.Seam rip our cut off any pockets sleeves and collars. 2.Turn the piece inside out and line up a skirt on top plenty of room all around because the skirt half will be more A-line shape and we

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Make Your Own Bias Binding

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Want to add a pretty detail to your homemade clothes?

Bias binding is useful for creating a neat finish on seams that aren’t attached to anything else and don’t have a facing – for example, the armholes below the cap sleeve on the Etta dress. The bias cut will allow the binding to stretch slightly, which is handy for getting around curves such as armholes and necklines.

You can buy ready-made bias binding relatively easily. But it’s good to know how to make it yourself so you can make it in a print, colour and width of your choice. Homemade binding is one of those details that can make your handmade clothes truly special.

Here’s how to make it…

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

You’ll need a large piece of fabric – a light- to medium-weight woven cotton will be fine. I’m using a Liberty print Tana cotton lawn. You’ll also need a bias binding maker for the method I’m going to show you. You can get these handy tools in different sizes – I’m using a 12mm (1/2in) one (this is an affiliate link), which will make single fold bias binding that is 12mm (1/2in) wide once finished. This size is perfect for binding the armholes on the Etta dress.

If you want to make double fold bias binding, for example to bind a neckline edge where you want the binding to be visible on the outside as well as the inside of a garment, you’ll press the single fold binding in half after it comes out of the maker. So you’ll end up with 6mm (1/4in) wide binding with a 12mm (1/2in) maker.

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Fold your fabric on the bias grain, in other words, at a 45° angle to the selvedges, so the selvedges are lined up with the crosswise grain. Use a ruler or pattern master to draw strips parallel to the fold, the width being double the width of the maker you’re using – or just a teensy bit under to leave a gap between the raw edges. So I’m drawing mine 23mm (just shy of 1in) wide.

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons
How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Cut along these lines to create your strips – if you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat, it’ll be much quicker than scissors! Cutting the strips on two layers of fabric means you can cut two strips at once. Make enough strips so the total length is a bit more than you need for your binding. For the armholes on the Etta dress, you’ll need 1.2m (1 3/8 yards) of binding.

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Cut the ends of each strip so they create a right angle. Place one strip over another so the ends are right sides together at a 90° angle. Imagine the area where the two strips cross is a square – now use a chalk pencil or washable pen to draw a diagonal line across this square, creating a triangle shape at the outer corner (see pic above!). Stitch along this line to join the strips, back tacking at each end.

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Trim the triangular outer corner, leaving a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance. Press the strips apart and press the seam allowances open. Do the same thing with the other strips until you have one long strip.

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Lay the strip wrong side up on an ironing board, and turn your iron on. With the bias binding maker flat or metal side down, feed one end of the strip through the wide end of it – you may need to poke it through with a pin or small scissors. Pen pull the maker away from the end and folded fabric should come out the other side. Checking the raw edges are centred, follow the path of the maker with your iron, pressing the binding as it comes out of the maker to set the folds in place.

How to make your own bias binding - a cute detail to add to your homemade clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

This is your finished single fold bias binding, which you can use when you’re stitching the binding to the inside of a garment.

If you want to make double fold bias binding – which you can use to bind an edge, showing on both right and wrong sides – simply fold it in half lengthways, with the raw edges on the inside of the fold, and press.

And that’s it! Now you can attach your binding to your lovely garment. Pretty!

PS. If you liked this post, you might also like Finishing a Facing with Bias Binding and Sewing on the Bias

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