Learn how to create a perfect fit, plus how to sew details like zippers and how to finish seams professionally in our next Dresses class. Choose from one of five styles for your most flattering fit. Class starts Tuesday, May 19. Click here to learn more.
Q — I’m looking for a home coverstitch machine. Do you have one in the $400 range? — Serena A — There are really only two home coverstitch machines to consider: — Janome CoverPro 900, around $400. It isn’t self-threading, but it is easy to thread. It’s a decent, reliable machine. The newer model, 1000CPX, […]
#designoftheday student Sara Colbeck creates a stencil for #EcoCoutureclass with Lisa Silveira. Want to make your own Alabama Chanin-style garment? 1) Choose two layers of organic cotton interlock. 2) Create a stencil 3) Spray paint fabric through stencil with fabric paint. 4) Lay stenciled fabric on top of other interlock fabric. 5) Use cotton embroider thread to stitch […]
May 13, 2015: Challis Name: From Anglo-Indian shalee, meaning soft Fiber Content: Originally cashmere goat hair with silk. Today challis is made of wool, polyester or rayon, cotton or blends. Use: Women’s blouses, dresses, shirts, scarves, skirts April 27, 2015: Knits Check the stretch! How much your fabric stretches determines how well it fits. Take a fold […]
SEWING TIP OF THE DAY: Q-Where can I buy machines like a ruffller, buttonholer and a blind hemmer? — Kateshia P A-Joe Payne’s Rooster Roc SewCo (3427 NE 72nd Ave, 503-939-7290) is a good place to purchase industrial machines such as blindhemmers. He does not carry high-end machines such as the buttonholer. For those, you […]
Q. Should we pre-shrink our materials for the Chanel jacket we’re making in class? — Priscilla A. Please do not launder any of your fabrics for the couture jacket. If you’re worried about shrinkage of your silks/wool/rayons, steam shrink them yourself or take them to a dry cleaner to have them steamed (not dry cleaned). […]
Q. Where is a good place to take a leather jacket for cleaning? A. Leather Care, 6303 SE Powell, according to leatherworking teacher Jennifer Holcomb. “A Harley riding friend swears by them,” she says. “Personally, I clean myself. You should dry clean a leather jacket only if the lining needs it. Leather can be easily […]