Tips And Tricks

Creating a Sharp Corner

Posted by Natasha Chrismas on

Creating a Sharp Corner

Hi everyone! It's Hanny from iCutie. The Poppy dress is currently my favorite pattern to use, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite tips with you to make your sewing process easier!! Today, I'll show you an alternative method to get perfectly sharp corner every time! Fold the seam allowance toward the back lining, create a sharp corner like so. Flip it over, this is what it should look like. Hold the fold down with your 2 fingers. Your thumb should be outside, while your other finger is between the main and lining. Turn it inside...

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Tips for working with Rayon!

Posted by Natasha Chrismas on

Tips for working with Rayon!

Living in Australia in summer can be HOT! When I saw that Riley Blake Designs had bought out a range of rayon fabrics, I was very keen to try them out. Rayon is so nice and cool and swishy to wear! It can be slightly more tricky than your standard cottons to work with, so I have included some tips in this blog post that may make it easier for you.This particular print (Dahlia Grenadine) was designed by Corri Sheff, its 100% rayon challis and is quite lightweight. It's ultra drapey with a very smooth hand, I cant tell you...

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Inserting Lace using an Overlocker / Serger

Posted by Natasha Chrismas on

Inserting Lace using an Overlocker / Serger

Inserting lace into a skirt or bodice is a really lovely technique that adds interest and a little bit of vintage charm to an outfit. There are many ways to do so, including hemming, french hemming, straight stitching, hand sewing etc. I thought this Jasmine dress would be perfect with a lace insert. The fabric I'm using a gorgeous new range from Riley Blake Designs called Gingham Gardens. It's designed by My Minds Eye and is such a lovely floral range with a rich palette of charcoal, teal, coral, gold and creamy tones. I loved this range so much that...

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Adding Trim with a Finished Edge to a Flutter Sleeve

Posted by Natasha Chrismas on

Adding Trim with a Finished Edge to a Flutter Sleeve

Do you ever wonder how to finish/attach the ends of scalloped piece of lace or trim when you are creating a flutter sleeve? Perhaps you're adding a second layer and not sure how to finish it nicely?It is actually really easy with a few simple tricks! Firstly, lay the trim out flat. Place the straight edge of the pattern piece over the finished edge of your trim and cut to shape. Sew a line of gathering stitches around the curved edge.  Gather the trim, and attach to the garment being sewn. If you are using a smaller trim  that is less wide...

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How to Create Hem Free Flutters on your Poppy Dress!

Posted by Heather Chisolm on

How to Create Hem Free Flutters on your Poppy Dress!

Poppy is a gorgeous beginner friendly sewing pattern. In this blog I’ll share with you a way to cut your flutter on the fold, omitting the need to hem it. The only thing you will need to do this is  a little more fabric. Just double the amount per the fabric requirements chart.   Print the Poppy pattern per instructions. Prior to cutting out the pattern piece for the flutter, a small modification is needed. Using a ruler, draw a line down the straight edge of the flutter 1/2” (1.3cm) from the edge. We will be removing this portion (which is the seam...

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