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Back to basics - how to sew a mitered corner hem

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"Hmmmm, let me see. Well, that day is Christmas. You know, it's only six weeks away." That's what I heard from the receptionist the other day when I called to schedule an appointment for six weeks out. "Six weeks!" I thought to myself "Uh, oh. I better get busy." And I am. A few of the items I've been sewing require mitered corners on the hem. As I was doing them, I thought it would be a good time for a back to basics on mitering a corner. How to sew a mitered corner hem 1) Finish the raw edges of your fabric. Turn both sides to the wrong side the desired hem amount and press. My example has one inch hem.s 2) Open out the edges you just pressed. Fold the corner up aligning the edge where the creased lines meet. Press. 3) Unfold the corner. Fold the fabric diagonally, right sides together, matching the edges. 4) Stitch along the diagonal press line you created in step 2. 5) Trim the seam to 1/4", tapering at the cor

Comfy and cozy - Vogue 8580 knit tunic

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Recently I found myself in need of some loose fitting, super comfy, kick around at home clothes. Now I bet you have a decent supply of those types of garments, right? Well, if you look into my closet you will find quite a few dresses, nice tailored blouses, dozens of dress pants and skirts, as well as jackets and blazers. But not too many I-want-to-be-comfy-and-I'm-not-leaving-the-house-so-it-doesn't-have-to-be-gorgeous clothes. That's where Vogue 8580 entered the picture. Loose, tunic knit style top. Perfect! Or so I thought. It's actually meh. It's one of those patterns that, as you're sewing the pieces together you ask yourself " and I spent $3.99 on this because....? " and find you really don't have an answer. That's because the design is so simple, and has so few pieces, that most of you could easily 1) draft it yourself or 2) morph together other pattern pieces to create it. However, that's beside the point. Let me give

One Yard Wonders 30 minute cami turned lace tunic

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Even though I am still eagerly awaiting my copy of the book One Yard Wonders , I knew I could still sew something from the book. As long as I choose one of the two projects I submitted that is. :-) Ta-da! May I present the OYW 30 minute cami turned lace tunic. ( I'm not sure if that's what it's called in the book or not, but 30 minute cami was the working title. ) This tunic is what I had planned to wear if I had been able to attend the release party. With a jacket of course. I mean c'mon, it's November --- and chilly. The fabric is a rayon lace purchased a few years ago from Fabric Mart Fabrics . It was marked dry clean only but I tossed it in the washer on a delicate cycle to see what would happen. The washing made it very soft and flowy. The lining is a silk jersey knit chosen for the color - not so great against my face, but perfect for lining this tunic. I submitted the simple cami project remembering how much I loved sewing and wearing those types

Forbidden...

Ha! I knew that would get your attention. Just wanted to know if any of you have experienced this message when trying to add yourself as a follower to a blog. Forbidden You don't have permission to access /friendconnect/settings/simpleSave on this server. Sheesh. I finally have time to get around to all of the fabulous sewing blogs out there and add myself as a follower and this happens. I'm at a loss as to how to get around it. Any tips?

Estate sales are my friend

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Yards and yards and yards of rayon seam binding. $3.00 What more can I say?