Skirted – March Project Wrap Up

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! So either I'm a great teacher or you already know everything there is to know about skirts, because you didn't really have many questions last week. The only question was about flounces, so I'm happy to answer that. I use my flexible ruler (seen below) to make my curve. It also helps if you cut the piece while folded in half, so the sides of the curve match. … [Read more...]

Skirted: Skirt Pattern Variations and Questions

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! Today, in addition to taking your questions about skirt drafting/sewing, I'm going to show you how to take the pattern we drafted last week and turn it into other variations. Let's start with adding facings - the facings and sewing a zipper into the center back seam are the only things I added to make this fitted skirt. You'll cut your facings on the fold, just … [Read more...]

How to Draft a Skirt Pattern

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! Today I'm going to show you how to draft a skirt pattern from scratch - no rub-off patterning this month! To start with, you need three measurements: your waist, your hips, and your waist to hip length. Let's discuss more. Waist: This can be your actual waist, or where you want your skirt to sit. I prefer my skirts to sit above my hips, but lower than my actual … [Read more...]

March Project – Skirted – A fitted skirt pattern

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! I hope you enjoyed the t-shirt sew along last month. If you missed any posts, you can find them here: T-shirt Introduction T-Shirt Tutorial T-Shirt Questions and Tips for Sewing with Knits T-Shirt Answers and more Knit Sewing Tips This month we're tackling the perfect thing to go with your new t-shirt - a spring skirt! Spring has already arrived here in … [Read more...]

Sewing with Knits – Your Questions Answered!

  Hello Sewing Loft Readers! Today I'm answering your questions about sewing with knits. Forgive me for paraphrasing some of your comments, but hopefully this way everyone gets the info in an easy to follow format. Q: What do I do about my knits curling on the edges? A: Knits like jersey definitely tend to do this, and especially when they are lightweight:   What works for … [Read more...]

February Project – Sewing with Knits & Questions

Hey Sewing Loft Readers! How are your t-shirt projects going? And what questions do you have for me? Today I'm going to talk a little about tips for sewing with knits, and then I'm opening the comments up for your questions. So, tips for sewing knits - here's the biggest one: DON'T STRETCH THE KNIT WHILE YOU SEW.  Because if you do, this happens Yup, I am responsible for that ugly, wavy … [Read more...]

T-Shirt Variations

Hey y'all, I'm back to show you how to sew your own t-shirt, and how to make variations to a basic t-shirt pattern to customize it. First: how to sew a t-shirt. I wrote a tutorial about that here. It's super easy; once you get the hang of this you can knock these out in 30 minutes or less. Next we're going to talk about how to modify a basic t-shirt for raglan sleeves. Raglan sleeves are the … [Read more...]

February Project: T-shirts

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! Did you have fun with the pajama pant sew along last month? If you missed any of those posts you can find them here. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Making Your Pattern and Sewing the Pants Part 3: Your Questions Part 4: My Answers and Featured Pajama Pants This month we're following the same format, but the focus is going to be on t-shirts. So let's talk about … [Read more...]

Perfect Pajama Pants – Your Questions Answered

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! We've made it through our first project of the month - sewing the perfect pajama pants. Today I'm going to answer your questions from last time (and THANK YOU for asking some and sparing me from crickets). Samina asked about what appears to be piping on my pants.  While I do love piping on pajama pants (and even wrote a tutorial about how to sew in piping here), this is … [Read more...]