One of the best aspects of a me-made wardrobe is the little details that just aren't there with RTW garments. There are always opportunities to personalize the things we make, and while a waistband might not seem like the most obvious place to throw a pants party, it's actually a great place to create a special detail only you'll be able to see. This tutorial will walk you through sewing a beautiful, unique and professional looking waistband for your Sasha Trousers
, or any other pants pattern out there.
Start with your two waistband pieces. One of the waistband pieces...
Sewing a fly front zipper is one of those sewing tasks that is often met with trepidation. If you're sewing our Sasha Trousers
(or any other pants pattern) this tutorial will walk you through sewing one with absolute ease, I promise. While it's similar to the method I've posted before
for our Ginger Jeans
, the process is completely opposite; women's trousers traditionally open from the left side, instead of the right side for jeans. If you are having trouble switching your brain to the other side, or if this is your first time installing a pants...
Since we stayed home for Christmas this year, the fella and I are off on vacation next week to LA where we'll be staying with friends (and I'll hopefully be learning to make sandals with Jasika Nicole!)
I also decided to spend a few days in NYC on my way back to Montreal so I can attend a huge fabric convention (I'm a little nervous because I've heard this one is huge and incredibly overwhelming). What this means is a packing quandary; how do you pack for two weeks in warm, sunny California and
cold, snowy New York...
Some of you may remember when I started my most ambitious knitting project ever because in my overly ambitious way I made a big ol' production out of it and decided the only way I would finish my Snoqualmie Cardigan
from Brooklyn Tweed was if I hosted a knitalong to hold myself publicly accountable. That was almost exactly two years ago and I literally just finished it, so I guess you know how that went. It may have taken me about 20 months longer than I anticipated, but the wait was worth it. I flipping love this sweater, and...
I think it's safe to say that 2017 was our most challenging year yet, in more ways than one. Looking back at everything we managed to accomplish, I'm incredibly proud. For such a small team we met nearly all the goals I set out at the beginning of the year, and also learned a lot of really valuable lessons. In addition to having a much more rigorous, efficient pattern development process, the most important thing I learned this year was to set hard limits about our schedule and my personal workload. I tend to have way too many ideas...
We're wrapping up 2017 with one last tutorial post! Our Sasha Trousers
feature chic slashed pockets with a pocket stay extending to center front, which helps create a beautiful smooth line at the waist. They look very sleek and are a lot easier to sew than the front slanted welt pockets we had originally designed for this pattern (make sure to check in with our welt tutorial
for the back pockets). Heres's how to sew them!
Start by finishing the raw edges of your front pocket facings with either a serged or a zig-zag stitch. The inner pocket...
Welcome to the first tutorial for our latest pattern, the Sasha Trousers
. We won't be doing a full sewalong for Sasha, but I am going to walk you through the trickest parts, and in this post we'll be talking about how to sew single welt pockets, for Sasha or any other pants pattern your maker's heart desires. Welt pockets tend to give sewists a little anxiety if they've never sewn them before, but I think the heartburn is unwarranted. With a little care, beautiful welts are totally within your power, I promise.
SEWING METHOD FOR WELT POCKETS
This welt pocket...
One of my favourite posts to write every year is our holiday gift guide. I love treating myself to tools and books that make my sewing practice more enjoyable, and even better is sharing the things I think will make your creative life a little easier too. This year our holiday gift list includes a mix of high and low, and includes great stocking stuffers and perhaps that one special present that might induce full-blown happy sobbing (I'm looking at you Rowenta iron).
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