Couture Sewing & Tailoring Techniques

Learn the techniques to create clothing with a distinctive look of couture. Plus, learn tailoring techniques to make any garment more professional looking.

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Keeping Myself Challenged By Sewing Ball Gowns

A friend of mine recently planted this nugget of craziness in my brain: sew a ballgown. Now that it is  firmly lodged in my frontal lobe, all I can think of are ball gowns. I’ve already started collecting vintage patterns for the perfect one. This one here caught my eye; it’s a classic in every way.…

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Plan Your Spring Wardrobe with Runway Styles

  Gingham  and lady like skirts from Ralph Lauren Gorgeous runway styles for spring sewing Jill Case Online Editor, Sew Daily SewDaily.com Two things I love: fashion and spring. I don't consider myself very fashionable, but I do love the circus that is fashion, and the history. I don't wear designer duds (can't afford 'em),…

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Taking My Hand Sewing to the Next Level: Couture Sewing

I've always loved hand sewing, and, like most of us, it was some of the first sewing that I did. But I took my hand sewing to a new level when I was studying for a couture certificate.  I just love the way that silk thread glides for basting.    Pin, baste, sew was the…

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Getting Lost in New York City's Garment Center

So I was down in the Garment Center in New York City last week shopping for fabric for the upcoming Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews issue, and it's just like heaven to me. A bit on the chilly side, but heaven nonetheless One of my favorite haunts is Metro Textiles, overseen by the gregarious Kashi. We're talking…

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Easy or Challenging? What Kind of Project Do You Like Best?

I was at a fabric store the other night, loading up on patterns that were all marked "easy." First, I am a sucker for a good pattern sale, which would explain my well-stocked pattern cabinet. Second, I was in the mood for easy. Time is tight these days and I want to keep sewing, without…

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How are Clothes Really Made?

I recently enrolled in a fitting analysis course as part of a patternmaking certificate program. So far I have loved the two patternmaking classes that I have taken. I learned how to draft a basic bodice, a flared skirt, a blouse, and a pair of pants for starters. For each pattern, I had to create…

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Use Underlining to Make Your Garment Look Instantly Expensive

Of all the tricks I've learned about couture garment sewing, underlining is probably my favorite. It takes even the cheapest fashion fabric from so-so to fabulous in a matter of minutes. And your garments will wear better and last longer with the use of underlining (also sometimes called interlining). Pin fashion fabric pattern piece      to…

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How to Keep Your Garments from Sagging

I was recently working on a garment for the Fall 2012 issue, and I had made the mistake of falling in love with an inappropriate fabric. It was not the best decision, but I was in love and didn't care. My pattern that I had drafted was for a woven fabric and I had a lovely cobalt…

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Get the Designer Edge on Your Garments

There's nothing I like better than to take a commercial pattern and add couture touches. It's amazing what few tricks of the trade will do for a garment. Here's one of my favorites for cleaning up seam allowances, the Hong Kong Finish! What a cosmopolitan name, right? Well, when you see what the Hong Kong Finish can…