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​BASIC CONCEPT #5 - High Mileage Dress Shirting

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Crisp, clean and smart, you can't go wrong with a dress shirt in your wardrobe. Often associated with business attire, a natural fibre shirt can be suitable for many occasions. The right combination of sewing pattern and fabric gets you a shirt that you will reach for time and again.

The dressiest fabric is 100% cotton satin weave, available in classic white and medium blue. It is the most opaque and easy care of all natural fibre shirtings (without the addition of chemical processing used in no-iron shirts). Fortunately, there are several shirt patterns to choose from to get a modern classic look.


Burda Misses Shirt #7316

Burda Misses Shirt #6908

Burda Plus #6614

Grainline Studio Archer Button Up

Folkwear Victorian Shirt #202

Satin Weave Shirting - White

Satin Weave Shirting - Medium Blue

BASIC CONCEPT #4: Coordination is Crucial

Building a good wardrobe does require some planning and coordination of fabrics. But shopping online is tricky because you can't always be sure if two fabrics are going to work together. Even the neutral colours of white, black, navy, grey and beige vary greatly from fabric to fabric.Perfect Pairings is a new website section that [...]

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BASIC CONCEPT #3 - Stretch Bengaline is Your Friend

Modern Stretch Bengaline is a blend of rayon, nylon and spandex with an interesting weave. The weft is stretchy thinner threads and the warp is somewhat thicker and stable. The result is a very stretchy woven fabric, up to 40%, but on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvedge). There is no stretch on the [...]

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BASIC CONCEPT #2 - Hardworking Cargo Twill

Next to denim, cargo twill is the all-season favourite for pants, jackets and skirts. Casual yet classy, it comes in a variety of colours. Unlike denim where the weft thread is white, cargo twill has the same colour on both sides.Cargo twill is 97% breathable cotton with 3% Spandex for comfort and recovery. Available in [...]

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​BASIC CONCEPT #1 - Good Denim is Always a Good Idea

Since I started buying my own clothing, I cannot remember a time when I didn't own something made from denim. Originally developed as a fabric for work clothes, denim found its way into the mainstream and has played a big part in fashion ever since. So much so that denim is now considered a wardrobe [...]

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Tried and True Notion: Bamboo Point Turner and Presser

This is one sewing tool that I list among my essentials. So, if you don't have one, you should get at least one. The price is reasonable and you won't regret it.Use it to turn points on collars, mitres or any item that has a corner. Nudge the narrow end up to the point in [...]

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Savvy Cross-Border Shopping

The beauty of eCommerce is that we can shop from our computers or tablets any time and easily make purchases from distant locations. It also allows us to compare and thus buy the products at the lowest price.Which is all well and good, but when purchasing fabric from a foreign company, there are many factors [...]

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Organize, Preserve and Protect Your Jalie Patterns

ORGANIZE - Your Jalie PatternsJalie patterns are not your standard size patterns. Well truthfully, all patterns seems to come in a variety of sizes, but Jalie are the largest I've encountered at 9-3/4" x 12-3/4". So they won't fit in those pretty pattern storage boxes you see at your local sewing store.But, they fit nicely [...]

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Off to a Good Start - Knits on a Serger

My preference is to use my serger for sewing knit fabrics. The four-thread, two needle overlock gives a secure, stretchy seam that is nicely finished.Getting a seam started is often the biggest challenge. This is due to the fact that the presser foot tends to push the top layer while the feed dogs are pulling [...]

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Marking Notches on Knit Fabric

More and more I am enjoying sewing with knits using Jalie patterns. The patterns often have 1/4" seam allowances which are more accurate and appropriate for working with knits. But with such a small seam allowance marking notches can be a challenge.If I am working on a fine knit, sometimes a very tiny slit is [...]

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