Stabilizing a knit shoulder seam
Posted by Helen | 30/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Stabilizing the shoulder seams in your knit projects can make a big difference in the longevity of your handmade garments. Shoulder seams are prone to stretching and sagging as time goes on, and stabilizing them prevents this. There are a few things you can use to stabilize a knit shoulder seam: Clear elastic Twill tape Woven fabric cut on the bias Interfacing (with some stretch works best) This is the second sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong.  Let's get started! I will be using clear elastic, and I have coloured it blue in photoshop so you can see it....

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 29/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday!  I have been a little under the weather for the past week, so I have not been sewing much. I always start to feel bad when I haven't touched my machine in a few days, I want so badly to make something!!!  I hope to get back to it soon, and these new patterns and your latest makes are certainly inspiring me!  What's your secret for getting the sew-jo going again? News (left to right in rows above) Pauline Alice released three new patterns!  The Denia Blouse, the Botanic Trousers, and the Tello Jacket. Tessuti released the Yuki...

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How to sew a knit patch pocket

Doing fiddly work with knit fabrics can be challenging. Often knits will shift and wobble or struggle to hold a press - not to mention those wavy seams! The pockets are certainly the most challenging part of the Blackwood Cardigan, but they are a great opportunity to level up your knit sewing game. If you are nervous, try a pocket on some scrap fabric first. This will help to build confidence. For today's tutorial, I am going to use tissue paper to stabilize the pocket. This is not necessary, but it helps to reduce those wavy seams. This is the...

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Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 27/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Are you ready to cut out your Blackwoods today?  I am so excited about the fabric I got for the sewalong, it is a speckled grey terry and it is really nice and soft. I think this will definitely be my new favourite sweater! I chose this fabric for the sewalong because it has a clear right and wrong side, so it will be easier for you to follow along. I am going to be making view A for the demo, so you can see the pocket construction. If you are making view B, all the steps are the same...

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Style Maker Fabrics Spring Tour
Posted by Helen | 25/03/2017 | Into My Closet

I’m very excited to share a special post with you all today! I jumped at the chance to join in the Style Maker Fabrics spring tour when Michelle asked me because I have used her fabrics before and was very happy with the quality and service. Style Maker Fabrics is an American based fabric store with a huge selection of fabrics to suit all your sewing needs. Michelle is super sweet and helpful, which is always a bonus when you are shopping online for textiles! If you have any questions, she is always there to help.  I have used her...

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How to do a narrow or broad shoulder adjustment

Today is the fourth installment in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong!  We are going to wrap up the adjustments portion of the process today with narrow and broad shoulder adjustments.  Tomorrow we will be cutting out the fabric and moving on to the actual sewing! If you want to join in the fun, you can grab your copy of the Blackwood here! Do you need a narrow or broad shoulder adjustment?  The indications for this change can be subtle. First, identify where your natural shoulder is. It should be right where your arm meets your shoulder socket, and you can usually find...

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