Category: Tutorials

How to Sew a Basic Flat Waistband

Sometimes you just don’t want to use elastic in a waistband.  Whether you don’t want extra bulk or are looking for a more polished look, a flat waistband solves the problem.  Here’s how to sew a basic flat waistband like on the character skirt I made for my daughter’s dance class. *Note* I am not interfacing the waistband in this tutorial.  If you need your waist band to have more structure and resist folding and/or stretching, add fusible interfacing to your waistband piece.  The interfacing should be 1/2 inch smaller than your waistband piece on all sides. Iron the...

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Rivage Raglan Peplum Hack

Every once in a while I need to look put together and just a bit more than my usual ‘momiform’.  But I’m usually not willing to put on a skirt. I’d rather wear my favorite comfortable jeans!  Which means my top has to take my jeans up a notch.  Today I’m sharing how I made a Rivage Raglan  peplum(aff link) to style my jeans for a girl’s night out, meeting, or casual date. Guys and gals, I live in jeans and exercise clothes.  Mostly jeans and jean shorts.  Working around the house?  Probably an old threadbare pair of jeans from...

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How to Sew a Continuous Bound Placket

Recently I made my daughter a character skirt for her ballet class.  The skirt needed to be a circle skirt out of a stiff twill with a smooth waistband–not an elastic waistband.  Which means I needed to make a continuous boundary placket and its pretty cool! A continuous bound placket is an opening in the top of the skirt where the waistband attaches so the skirt can slide over hips and shoulder and heads and such.  You can use it on circle skirts, gathered skirts, dresses, wrist openings and probably a bunch of other places.  Might be pretty useful for some of...

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Cascade Nightgown Hack

Both of my girls love the flounce on the New Horizons Designs Cascade Tee.  They wear their Cascade Tees as soon as they get washed!  (You can see all those tops here and here.)  They love them so much I decided to make a Cascade Nightgown Hack for my oldest daughter.  Here’s how you can make one too!   First lay out the front piece as usual.  Cut the fabric along the neckline and shoulder seam.   Rotate the pattern using the outside shoulder seam as your pivot point.  I just eyeballed how much to pivot. Cut down the side...

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How to Sew a Cutout Band

Halloween, of Halloween.  This year I needed to create an interested in sleeve detail for my daughter’s costume.  The sleeve is open at the armpit, attached to the top of the shoulder, but goes all the way around her bicep.  To me the sleeve looked like a cutout band connected to the top half of a sleeve. I decided to make a sleeve band that connected to the top part of the sleeve only partway around instead of all the way.  It turned out well soo I thought I’d share how I did it in case anyone else ever...

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