A 4-step tutorial on how to alter/up-cycle a big old tee! http://goldcoastsewingclasses.com/2015/01/sewing-tip-no-124-alterations-series-no-3-of-8/

A 4-step tutorial on how to alter/up-cycle a big old tee! http://goldcoastsewingclasses.com/2015/01/sewing-tip-no-124-alterations-series-no-3-of-8/

A general rule in Alterations, is that, whatever is done to the front, you must also do the the back. And what you change on the top, you must also chance on the bottom. That is to keep the shape proportional, and seams matching. Click on the link to read more about correct alterations techniques!

A general rule in Alterations, is that, whatever is done to the front, you must also do the the back. And what you change on the top, you must also chance on the bottom. That is to keep the shape proportional, and seams matching. Click on the link to read more about correct alterations techniques!

Today: How to measure the length of a pattern or garment, and how to lengthen/shorten: To measure the length, take the starting point from the ‘Shoulder/Neck point.’ This is the corner where the neck & shoulder meet on the garment/pattern. Measure in a straight line down to the centre front hem. To the FINISHED HEM LINE of the pattern, NOT to the edge of the paper. Click on the link for more info on creating the correct length!

Today: How to measure the length of a pattern or garment, and how to lengthen/shorten: To measure the length, take the starting point from the ‘Shoulder/Neck point.’ This is the corner where the neck & shoulder meet on the garment/pattern. Measure in a straight line down to the centre front hem. To the FINISHED HEM LINE of the pattern, NOT to the edge of the paper. Click on the link for more info on creating the correct length!

This is a re-post from an original Sewing Tip back in 2013 & 2014 (with a few updates!) …..a Favourite, and a great series of tips for sewers looking for their first sewing machines…and a few updates have been added to this post! Looking to buy a sewing machine, but not sure what to look for? Here are my tips.....

This is a re-post from an original Sewing Tip back in 2013 & 2014 (with a few updates!) …..a Favourite, and a great series of tips for sewers looking for their first sewing machines…and a few updates have been added to this post! Looking to buy a sewing machine, but not sure what to look for? Here are my tips.....

“Have I packed everything I need for my sewing class?” Helps to have a checklist before leaving home! Here’s my suggestion for a checklist, but you can add/subtract to tailor your personal sewing needs. Thanks to one of this morning’s students for suggesting this tip. (That was after she arrived without her machine’s foot pedal & cord….You wouldn’t believe how often that happens!!)

“Have I packed everything I need for my sewing class?” Helps to have a checklist before leaving home! Here’s my suggestion for a checklist, but you can add/subtract to tailor your personal sewing needs. Thanks to one of this morning’s students for suggesting this tip. (That was after she arrived without her machine’s foot pedal & cord….You wouldn’t believe how often that happens!!)

The general rule is: The zipper must be the same length, or longer, but never shorter, than the opening it’s meant to fit into. If the zip is the same length, it will finish at the seam. If it’s longer, the bottom of the zipper will extend past the seam, on the inside of the project. The top of the zip and the top edge of the fabric must be flush. Zippers on left of zipper project opening are all acceptable. Zipper on right is too short and will leave a gap at the bottom of the project…

The general rule is: The zipper must be the same length, or longer, but never shorter, than the opening it’s meant to fit into. If the zip is the same length, it will finish at the seam. If it’s longer, the bottom of the zipper will extend past the seam, on the inside of the project. The top of the zip and the top edge of the fabric must be flush. Zippers on left of zipper project opening are all acceptable. Zipper on right is too short and will leave a gap at the bottom of the project…

It’s recommended to use the same brand of thread for your sets of overlocker cones. It’s fine to mix and match colours as required, but best to stick to the same qualities/brands of threads for each set, if possible. As pictured, each set has similar colours mixed n matched, but the brands are the same for the 4 in each set. There will be less chance of having any issues with thread tension and stitch quality.

It’s recommended to use the same brand of thread for your sets of overlocker cones. It’s fine to mix and match colours as required, but best to stick to the same qualities/brands of threads for each set, if possible. As pictured, each set has similar colours mixed n matched, but the brands are the same for the 4 in each set. There will be less chance of having any issues with thread tension and stitch quality.

If you are a ‘Winter’ skin, then you likely have blue or pink undertones to your cool skin, ranging from milky white, to olive, to black. There is a lot of contrast between your skin and hair colour. Hair colour: blue/black, black dark brown, medium brown. Eye colour: dark brown, ebony, charcoal or blue. Colours you should wear are: Jewel colours and black. These will help accentuate your already striking contrast between hair and skin tones, and will make your eyes look vibrant.

If you are a ‘Winter’ skin, then you likely have blue or pink undertones to your cool skin, ranging from milky white, to olive, to black. There is a lot of contrast between your skin and hair colour. Hair colour: blue/black, black dark brown, medium brown. Eye colour: dark brown, ebony, charcoal or blue. Colours you should wear are: Jewel colours and black. These will help accentuate your already striking contrast between hair and skin tones, and will make your eyes look vibrant.

If you are a ‘Summer’ skin tone, then your skin is pale, with cool pink undertones, but not fair. You tan easily. There is little contrast between hair and eye colour. Eye colours: pale blue, grey/blue, grey/hazel, or grey/green. Fabric colours you should look for are: Pastels and Neutrals. ie. mauve, lavender, salmon, butter yellow, and peach (orange may be too overpowering for you!). Similar to ‘Spring’ skin tone, but avoid cool colours like greens & blues.

If you are a ‘Summer’ skin tone, then your skin is pale, with cool pink undertones, but not fair. You tan easily. There is little contrast between hair and eye colour. Eye colours: pale blue, grey/blue, grey/hazel, or grey/green. Fabric colours you should look for are: Pastels and Neutrals. ie. mauve, lavender, salmon, butter yellow, and peach (orange may be too overpowering for you!). Similar to ‘Spring’ skin tone, but avoid cool colours like greens & blues.

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