Hi there, how was your week?
Today we had our first snow fall, the thin blanket of snow was beautiful, and I know there lots more to come.
Here’s the next installment of Spadea’s Vintage Collection of Designer How-To’s and Tips covering a range of topics. I’ve decided that I am going to follow behind several other blogger’s and link to the large books on my Google books page because the PDF’s are huge, and I want to make sure that you can print them if you like.
Let’s start with the topic of Patch Pockets, did you know there is a technique to attach them so the sewing is invisible? check out this little secret.
How do you weigh down cowl necklines (draped) for your sewing projects? Harvey Berin has a really neat idea, try it.
How to Resolve Ravelling
Do you have trouble neatly securing the undersides of bound buttonholes, follow Herbert Sondheim has a solution.
I am a stickler for fine finishes and beautiful detail and so was Jo Copeland, so let’s learn how Jo handled the application of piping.
Top Stitching with a Twist
Taking a cue from Jacques Tiffeau, you can give a custom look to your tailored clothes with some extra-special top-stitching. All you need is some silk buttonhole twist, a little extra effort and the adept use of your sewing machine.
A Smart Move
Use these instructions to re-cut your pattern to create similar results.
When your zipper becomes a distraction, Harvey Berin the perfectionist shows you how to go beyond the invisible zipper for a truly couture result.
Avoid Distress with Gussets
There’s nothing worse than having a garment ruined by strain on the fibers — gussets to the rescue.
Let Irene Gilbert shares her wonderful way with fabrics. If you use hand-woven woolens and fine linens which tend to ravel easily, learn how to give special attention to any area of a garment that must withstand unavoidable strain.
The Best Bound Buttonhole – we’ve heard that before.
You may have experimented with the various ways of making bound buttonholes only to find the results disappointing and the couture look you had so hoped to create already lost by a less than perfect buttonhole.
Vincent Monte Sano prefers the two-piece buttonhole describes below.
Here’s what I think is the trickiest part of the process–that of finishing the underside or facing under the completed buttonhole.
You know if you do not own a tailor’s ham, buy one or make one, it is an indispensable tool in my opinion for this technique to give you stellar results.
Look for the link to download the entire book coming soon.
The entire 218 pages of Spadea’s Collection of Vintage Sewing Techniques can be found here.
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- Vintage Sewing and Dressmaking Advice | Great Blog Round-Up (vintagepatternsdazespast.com)
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- The Flamingo Shirt (inkyarnandbeer.wordpress.com)
- How the Singer Sewing Machine Clothed the Nation (3quarksdaily.com)
- The Improved Eyelet Buttonhole (apileofsheep.wordpress.com)
- WIP: Something in Silk lapped zipper placket (vinthillvintage.wordpress.com)
- Sewing The Perfect Autumn Dress (didyoumakethat.wordpress.com)
- Buttonholes (pinkamaryllis.wordpress.com)