#1 Sewing Skill You’ve Always Wanted To Learn

One of the perks of this job is working (is it really work?) on garment projects. We received new fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics and I made a lovely skirt using their new denim line. I haven’t sewn much with denim, but this particular fabric is buttery soft, with a tiny bit of stretch. The print is called Painterly Wash and I can imagine sewing this in a variety of  garments. A dress would be darn cute.  This skirt is self-drafted (one of my favorite sewing skills) and has box pleats in the front and back.
Sewing Skills - Pattern Drafting

The weight and color of the fabric make it perfect for spring, summer and even into fall. I’m a stickler for lining garments, but I didn’t line this one. It gives it a much lighter, springy feel to it.

This type of garment is easy to draft on your own. It’s basically a large rectangle with pleats drawn in, evenly spaced through out the garment. Of course, that’s simplifying the process quite a bit, but once you start drafting your own patterns you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. One of my favorite sewing skills is pattern drafting. I draft skirts because those are the garments I sew the most of.

I would love to know if you’re interested in learning how to draft your own patterns or if you do just fine with purchased patterns. What other sewing skills and techniques would you like to learn?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Pattern Grading On Demand Webinar

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Everyone loves the soft hand of faux fur, minky, satin and gauze. These fabrics can be tricky to sew. With tips and tricks presented in this webinar, you’ll be able to sew them with confidence for any project. Follow along as Meg Healy demonstrates the patterns, tools, needles, thread and seam finishes suitable for these fabrics, plus get four free patterns to try out your new sewing skills.

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Do you have issues fitting patterns to your body shape? Or selecting patterns that flatter your figure? Fall is a great time to add trendy skirts, dresses and basics to your handmade wardrobe, all while embracing your curves. Join designer and long-time Sew News contributor Rae Cumbie in this on demand webinar. You’ll learn how to select patterns that are best for your body type, a variety of useful fitting techniques for fuller figures and helpful tips for dressing your curves well.


Jill Case
Online Editor, Sew Daily

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