I only had to make one adjustment to the Willamette shirt from Hey June Handmade, and that was a forward shoulder alteration, an extremely common alteration. I thought it would be helpful to provide a tutorial on how to do that since the Willamette shirt does not have a standard set-in sleeve.
I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything. I got buried with prepping and teaching a new university course. The semester is not quite over, but I’m getting close to freedom. At the end of September, I posted a picture of a t-shirt pocket on Instagram that got a lot of attention. One … More Perfect T-shirt Pocket
Ready to start talking about torso forms? I think I’ve made a good start on my pant form that I thought it was time to tackle the torso form. Who’s ready?
My jaw dropped to the floor when I started comparing the self-drafted trousers pattern for Ryan to actual sewing patterns that I had in my collection. The style and fit of my self-drafted trousers were closest to Thread Theory’s Jutland Pants, with a few modifications to leg fit, pockets, etc. Over a year ago, I … More Self-Drafted Trousers Using Thread Theory Jutland Pants
The first pair of trousers I made from my duct-tape sloper was a pair of stretch skinny jean shorts. I had previously made skinny jeans so I was able to compare my self-drafted version with an altered pattern. This time around, I am trying a new pattern, Alina Sewing + Design Co. Chi-Town chinos Expansion … More Self-Drafted Trousers Using Alina Design’s Chi-Town Chinos
This blog post is going to be another technical post, but isn’t that my shtick?! Over the past few months, I’ve been getting into the nitty-gritty of fitting pants. I tried to work through patterns and make numerous test pairs to get the fit right. I was methodical and very precise about documenting my alterations. … More Self-Drafted Skinny Jean Shorts
Raise your hand if you: struggle with altering patterns, don’t know how to get pants to fit right, have no idea what your crotch curve should look like, and so on! I have been sewing for less than five years, and pants are still a bit elusive to me. I can sew pants blindfolded with … More Quick Sloper using Duct Tape
It wasn’t until I started taking photos of myself that I realized how much I was ignoring fit. Even if you aren’t a blogger, I think it is super helpful to take a lot of photos of your outfits so you can study and analyze fit. The first thing I noticed about my poor fit … More Swayback Alteration for T-shirt
Whenever I travel for work or personal, I really want to check out the local fabric shops. On a trip to Washington, D.C. for a conference, I took some time to visit Stitch Sew Shop in Alexandria. It was worth the metro trip for sure. I’ve never been to a shop that specializes in garment … More How to Sew with Merino Wool Jersey
We recently upgraded our queen size mattress to a king size mattress by way of getting two twin XL mattresses and shoving them together to make a king size mattress. I needed to make new bedding!! … More How to Sew Bed Sheets