Cutting a pattern in leather

Today I’m cutting out my leather jacket. It’s very nerve wracking to cut into expensive leather. You can’t afford to make any mistakes and you only get one chance to sew it right! 1. Examine the leather for any defects. Mark where the defects are on the wrong side so you can avoid them when […]

Fitting The Ziggi Motorcycle Jacket !

Today’s post is technical. I’ve spent two days fitting the Ziggi Motorcycle jacket and am finally ready to cut  my leather! I thought I’d share how I fitted the pattern. I made an FBA, removed lots of ease from the sleeve, raised the too low for me armholes, and took in the pattern below the […]

Draping a pleated gown bodice

So… I’m off to Susan Khalje’s Couture sewing class for a week to learn all about constructing formal wear! I’m pretty excited to be able to sew for a week with other  clothing makers interested in hand sewing techniques. It’s a rare person in real life who makes clothes and I look forward to blabbing […]

DIY Lace Skirt With Elastic Waist

  Recently a friend gave me a whole roll of this really cool cotton lace fabric that’s really IN. My daughters love it and want me to make them tons of stuff with it. As usual! I’m like ” When will I have time to make myself something?” If you sew for other people , […]

Add Side Dart To Fix Gaping Armhole

Side Dart Tutorial Sew Country Chick

I’m back from my trip to Seattle. It was great seeing my relatives up there, watching my younger cousin get married, and I already miss my aunt’s delicious cooking! I left a horrible rainstorm to come back to unseasonably warm weather and yes, an earthquake this morning! But it was just a small one….. Now […]