tutorial: my favorite methods

I’ve pointed out before that my first sewing studio was a closet – a closet with a shag-green carpet (occasionally redolent with cat piss; joy!); and a closet I shared with my partner’s computer and with our clothes! This was in an impossibly-small studio apartment! There wasn’t even enough room for my sewing machine (a cheap plastic Kenmore my mother bought me) – I had to store it on the porch in a cabinet.

So I know all about how hard it is to “make space”.

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tutorial: sew a button

When people learn I sew they often tell me, “Oh I can’t even sew on a button!” – it’s an oft-repeated phrase that means, essentially, one has no sewing skills whatsoever. But I find this phrase funny because actually, sewing on a button is more difficult than it seems!

Here I’ll illustrate how to enact a button installation – in this case on a folded edge of felt. My method hides thread tails and creates a very strong, and very tidy result. It can be used almost any place you need a button – whether a new garment, or a repair!

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tutorial: bias-cut bow tie

tutorial: bias-cut bow tie

Bow ties never went out of style, but they are enjoying the spotlight again at the moment. My sons and partner all enjoy wearing this type of neckwear and it is not only satisfying to make them, it is the absolute perfect opportunity to add some panache to the...

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tutorial: a perfect sash

You know, I rarely do a basic-basic tutorial, but recent events inspired me! I put together four maxi skirts from African wax print cotton (two adult and two matching toddler skirts), and the project was delightful. Besides the kidney-shaped pocket pieces, every...

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tutorial: pintucks in tissue knit

Tunic in knit chiffon with pintucks and french seams. This garment weighs next to nothing. xxx ooo #sewing #vegantailor #customclothing #bespokehogaboom #bespoke #cotton #black #vegan A post shared by Bespoke Hogaboom (@kellyhogaboom) on Feb 18, 2018 at 1:41pm PST...

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tutorial: puffed taffeta patch

Shown here: patches in taffeta (silver) and satin (red), augmenting a hoodie and jacket, resp. I've long loved the look of a bit of posh on casual wear. It took me a few tries to get the look I wanted - a raised puffy patch, quilted, that retained its shape accurately...

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hold up!

[Stuart voice]: "Look what I can do!" The Beyoncé "Hold Up" dress (here's the original: yes, it's amazing!) was my biggest project this Halloween. A friend saved up and went big - she not only requisitioned the dress, she acquired the hair, shoes (which were then...

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