Fittings – Some Alterations Need Two

Fittings – Some Alterations Need Two

It's been a whirlwind of activity here at Mary's Sew and So! The prom and graduation rush is barely over and now we're heading into wedding season. Bridesmaids' dresses are coming through the door almost daily for fittings! I want to give you an important tip when doing alterations on long dresses of every kind. This applies to wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, prom Continue reading

Alteration Tip: Access Points for Lined Garments

Alteration Tip: Access Points for Lined Garments

Alterations are pretty straightforward most of the time. But when working with garments that have a lining, it gets a bit more complex. When a garment – a jacket, for example – is fitted with a lining, it is assembled inside out. By placing the inner surfaces to the outside, the seam stitches will be hidden when the jacket or other garment is turned right side out Continue reading

Zipper Replacement? Don’t Get Stuck!

Zipper Replacement? Don’t Get Stuck!

Zippers are wonderful things. They allow us to protect ourselves quickly from the cold, rain and wind. Even if the jacket has buttons, it's the zipper that get used most. Often it's all we need to stay warm and dry. The zipper also the one thing that seems to break first. If the little latching teeth get broken, bent or torn off, the zipper's almost useless. Sometimes it's Continue reading

There’s No Place Like “Foam” for the Holidays

There’s No Place Like “Foam” for the Holidays

I'll admit it. That title may sound a little bit silly. However, making gifts such as pillows, cushions and other items using a foam pad for the filler can present serious problems. It never fails that the polyfoam batting or formed foam that is available is never in the exact size that you need. For example, I recently made a cushion for a client's wicker rocking chair. It Continue reading

Great for Fishin’ … Bad for Fashion!

Great for Fishin’ … Bad for Fashion!

My hubby, Steve, calls them his “high-water” pants. It seems that when he and his brother were young, they did a lot of fishing in a small stream in the woods behind their house. In fact, they blocked part of it to make a small pool to collect minnows and other small bait. They wore pants with hemlines several inches above the ankles. Supposedly this kept the pants dry while Continue reading