Thursday, March 13, 2008

Episode 25 - Couture Details

History of couture:
Fashion Era
The History of Haute Couture
Haute Coutue Impeccable Style and History

Interpret Couture into our sewing
Couture Sewing

Interview with Susan Khalje
Susan Khalje Website
Susan's Books

Article on HGTV website about sewing schools:

HGTV article

Length of Podcast - 46 minutes

Friday, March 7, 2008

Episode 24 - A Good Foundation

Elastic wasitband tutorial

Sew ends of elastic together, section the elastic into quarters. This elastic is marked with pins, you could use a fabric washable marker. Quarter mark the garment's waist also.

Begin serging the elastic to the garment. Make sure you have a few stitches secured before you stretch the elastic.

A view of the serging.

Quarter mark. The pin on the elastic is matching with the seam of the pajama pants. Remember to remove your pin before the serger blades hit the pin.

Completed serged waistband

Next, sew the the casing down, use your coverstitch or sewing machine.

Once again, match the seams. This will help the waistband lay flat. See the seam on the casing matching up with the side seam on the wrong side of the garment.

Shot of steam to draw up the elastic.

Finished elastic waistband. I hope this helped.

The interview on today's episode is with Anne St. Clair owner of Needle Nook Fabric
Anne has been a guest on the show a few times and is a wealth of information.

Anne mentions these sources for bras
Elite Bra pattern (her own design) check her blog for ordering information
Kwik Sew lingerie patterns
Elan patterns

You can Email Anne with any questions.

Thanks for listening and posting comments. I try to reply to all I can. Sometimes blogger doesn't show the email address, just a non-reply note. I do appreciate all the comments and ideas. Thank you.

I will start posting the length of the podcast on this blog. Maybe that will be helpful to those who listen via the computer. This one is 52 minutes long. That might be a record!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Download problems

I have had a couple of emails concerning problems downloading the podcast. I have downloaded Episode 23 via the libsyn site and iTunes. These downloads did not have a problem, so hopefully all is well again. I think it might have been a slight hiccup with my podcast hosting server. Good luck and I hope it works.