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Video: How to Make and Attach Piping to a Bag

Check out the method that I use for utilizing fusible interfacing to make and attach piping to a bag. It makes the process quick and easy, and your piping will look crisp and professional! Enjoy this free video! If you enjoyed this video, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, where you can watch future videos […]

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Video: How to Use a Rivet Press

Rivet presses are confusing! What size dies do I get? Which rivets and grommets go with those dies? So many numbers and so many options. I’m levelling the playing field with this free video, showing you my rivet press, what dies I own, and how they work. I purchased my rivet press and dies from […]

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henley t-shirt tutorial

Thanks to Elisabeth we have a great tutorial for you today. She got clever by hacking the School Bus T-shirt with the placket from the Parachute Polo in order to create a henley t-shirt.

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Lifted Increases (RLI + LLI)

The Lifted Increase method is also known as a Raised Increase, and even sometimes as…

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Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches

How to Embroider - Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches - How to Back Stitch - How to Sew a French Knot - How to Sew a Satin Stitch - Melly SewsHey y’all – today we’re going to talk about how to embroider by hand, and how to do 3 very basic embroidery stitches: the back stitch, the French knot and the satin stitch. Last week when I posted my embroidered Valetta top I realized I didn’t have a good guide for the 3 stitches used in Read the Rest…

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Braided Ribbing

Braided Ribbing Stitch is a beautiful cable stitch that you work right on the needles,…

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How to Make a Fabric Print – Print Repeat

How to Make Pattern Repeats - Tutorial for Making Fabric Prints - Melly SewsHey y’all – we’re wrapping up Prints Month today and I wanted to leave you with the fleshed out tutorial of something I did in my Instagram Stories a while back that got a lot of interest – how to make fabric prints and how to make a print repeat, aka pattern repeat. It’s pretty easy Read the Rest…

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LANDER SEWALONG DAY 5 – WAISTBAND / BUTTONS / HEM

Welcome back for the last day of the Lander sewalong. I am so excited to finish these up and see all of your versions. Let’s get started.   Step 20 – First thing we are going to do is baste the side seams and check for fit. To create a basting stitch, all you need to do is lengthen your stitch length as far as it goes so that it’s easy to unpick if need be. Flip the back pant around so that the right side of the back and right side of the front are touching. Line up the side seams and pin. Baste at a 1” seam allowance. The 1″ seam allowance gives you lots of wiggle room in case you need to let it out a bit around the hip etc… Try the pants on, and adjust as necessary. Make sure that you pin the fly closed when you try them on to get an accurate idea of fit once the buttons are on. You may also want to try them on inside out so that you can easily pin the areas you want to adjust. (The seam allowance at the waist must stay at 1” so […]

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LANDER SEWALONG DAY 4 – CROTCH AND FLY

Welcome back for more sewing today with the Lander Sewalong. Today we are going to tackle the crotch and also the fly. If you have sewn normal zipper fly before, I think you will love trying this button fly. It’s much easier. If you have never sewn a fly before all, this is a really good first one to start on.   Step 11 – First we are going to finish the seam allowances of each of the inner legs separately. I am going to serge them. They have to be done separately now so that they can be pressed open once stitched. Otherwise you will end up with a lot of bulk right at the bottom of your crotch which just isn’t comfy.( I accidentally serged the crotches first. Don’t do that. You can do that in step 12. Ooops.) Pin one front to the coordinating back along the inner leg, right sides together. Stitch at your normal 1/2″ seam allowance. For Views B and C, you may find that the distance between the crotch and first notch is a bit longer on the back leg than the front, if so,  you will need to stretch it slightly to fit. […]

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Quilted Skull Pillow // Tutorial

Hi friends, I am sharing with you today a project I made wayyyy back in October of 2014 (please forgive any blurry photos). This is a fun quilted pillow project just in time for Halloween – The Quilted Skull Pillow. You […]

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DIY Men’s Suit to wide leg Jumpsuit refashion video

I’m a big jumpsuit lover and suit lover and combing the 2 is pretty much amazing. Here is my refashion from a men’s suit, thanks for the challenge portia (go check out other’s take on the challenge). Instructions below. Instructions: 1.Cut the inseam of the men’s pants 2.Open up the pants and lay them inseam touching,

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Knit 1 Under Loose Strand (k1 uls)

Learn not only how to k1 uls, but learn just how easy it is to…

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Knit 1 Under Loose Strand (k1 uls)

Learn not only how to k1 uls, but learn just how easy it is to…

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Sew a Swing T-shirt – Austin Tee Pattern Hack

Add a gathered back panel - Sew a swing t-shirt - anthro hack tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – today there’s a hack tutorial for you on how to sew a swing t-shirt from the Austin Tee pattern. One of my favorite pastimes is browsing online ready-to-wear shops and figuring out how I can make the things I like. Generally I try to determine how I can hack a pattern that Read the Rest…

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Pattern Hack Tutorial: Drawstring Ruched Top

Over the course of a few months, I kept seeing this drawstring ruching technique pop up everywhere: a couple of RTW tops I saw on Pinterest, a top I saw in Burdastyle’s non-plus size line (see below) and a pattern hack by Shauni of the Magnificent Thread (see below). All of these sightings inspired me to…

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Sew a professional collar (video)

It’s the last day of Curvy Sewing Education Week and I saved the best for last: a video from our online workshop, Shirtmaking For Curves, where I teach you techniques that aren’t in the instruction booklet for how to get a really professional-looking collar on any shirt or shirtdress. And your final reminder that you {…Continue Reading}

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Sew a tulip-back tank (video)

Next up on Curvy Sewing Education Week, I’m sharing a video from my online workshop Pattern Hacking for Curves: 1 Top, 10 Ways (you can get 25% off the workshop price until Aug 31 by using code EDUCATIONWEEK). I absolutely love pattern hacking, especially once I have a base pattern that fits me well. Instead of having to {…Continue Reading}

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Bust Fitting Roundup

Today we’re going tackle one of the most common fitting challenges: the bust! Plus size women are disproportionately likely to have a large bust, and yet… most patterns are drafted for a B or C at best. Of course, you can always use Cashmerette Patterns – they go up to an H cup! – but {…Continue Reading}

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Learn how to fix a gaping neckline

Hi everyone! First up today, I’m sharing a video from our Fitting for Curves online workshop – remember you can get 25% off the full workshop if you enroll by 31 August using code EDUCATIONWEEK! Gaping necklines are a pretty common problem, and often one that’s hard to anticipate before you have a muslin. Sometimes, it {…Continue Reading}

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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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