sewliloquies

Sewliloquies is a sewing pun on the literary term soliloquy meaning reflective monologue.

Category Archives: Technique

Global Garb

Trying to launch the Global Garb collection I’m inspired to create! I need some fabric from Dharma Trading, some thread for the embroidery, and a little bit of gumption to #createsomething.

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Kick Pleats With a Cherry On Top

I finished the dress. Woot. The kick pleats were torn apart and re-pressed, re-sewn not once, not twice, but THREE times. They finally laid flat, so I said don’t lets do it over again.   I also sewed the hem with the machine blind hem stitch. (There is supposedly a blind hem foot too, but …

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Kick Pleats What Kicked My Butt

After spending the entire weekend sewing – thank you DH! – I nearly have a princess seam dress. This was an assignment for the Dressmaking and Design course I’m taking, and I had to adjust the pattern to fit. After making a muslin and tweaking the pattern at the neckline, I scrounged for some fabric …

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Getting Pretty Serious

I am doing what’s called “getting pretty serious” about sewing. While I have been slacking a bit in the garment making area, I have been working on expanding my skills. First, I am taking a Dressmaking and Design course through Penn Foster. While I would prefer a local, hands on classroom approach, it is hard …

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Alternative Zipper Stops

While moving the hem up on a pair of pants, I encountered a challenge. These track pants have a side zipper at the bottom. I could (and probably should) move the entire zipper up the seam, or I can cut off the zipper at the new hem edge. I did not want to have to …

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Perfect Vintage-Inspired Shirt Dress

A few years ago, I wanted to make a shirt dress. My inspiration came from a few places: one was a dress worn by the character Sofie on Carnivale, and another was a runway dress from the Ralph Lauren Spring 2010 collection. My perfect vintage-inspired shirt dress falls somewhere between these two. My niece, blogging down a …

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Buttonhole Scissors

On a trip to my local Half Price Books, I scored a copy of Nancy Zieman’s Nancy’s Favorite 101 Notions book for $9. While I was perusing it (in between getting ready to go back to work tomorrow and taking care of baby) I saw something unusual. There is a handy little cutting device called buttonhole …

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Not To Be Avoided

As I was finishing up my National Sewing Month contest entry, I realized that 99% of patterns have hand sewing. Even a simple pillow has to be hand sewn after turning and stuffing. When I was a lazy youth, I avoided hand sewing and finishing. I would do the least amount of work necessary to call …

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My Sewing Corner

Another summer has passed and I have sewn very little. I have many goals, but some of those goals are taken longer than expected to reach. The reality is I need to make the time to sew. I haven’t had the time to go clothes shopping either, so its not just the garment making that’s …

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Sewing New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, like many people, I take a look at my life and see what I can do better, stronger, faster. As a teacher and expecting a child, my life is more than sewing, but sewing is certainly very much part of my life! This past year, I have been fortunate enough to delve deeper …

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