January 2019 Subs
January 2019 Subs
Crash course on kimono sleeves
Crash course on kimono sleeves

Kimono sleeves are cut as part of the garment front and back. Since there’s nothing to deal with but an underarm seam, they are the easiest style to sew.

  1. Pin the garment front and back together at the side underarm seams, matching all the raw edges, notches,
    and markings.

  2. Beginning at the lower edge of the piece, stitch along the 1.5cm seamline to the end of the sleeve.

  3. Reinforce the underarm area by stitching again at the curve. Alternatively, centre 10cm to 12.5cm of seam binding or twill tape over the curved area before the seam is stitched and tack in place. When you sew, shorten the stitch length slightly along the length of the tape.

  4. Clip the curves and press the seam open. Do not clip the seam binding.

fb-big twitter-big email-big pin-big

More Helpful Tips...

Shape Up Your Sleeves

Shape Up Your Sleeves

Give extra shape to frocks and tops with this handy sleeve enhancement. You can easily add interest to the head of the sleeve, and how it travels over the top of the arm, simply by using tucks, gathers, pleats and darts. Each of these will require a sligh

Improve Your Rolled Hems

Improve Your Rolled Hems

Guarantee flowing hemlines that hang like a dream. Keen dressmaker Sarah Greeff has colourful memories of her first attempts at making a rolled hem. “I was first asked to make rolled hems for a colleague at Fenwick of Bond Street, a lovely Thai lady who h

Perfect Your Piping

Perfect Your Piping

Add a luxury touch to collars, sleeves and hemlines. A little well-placed piping shows that you have added love to your garment. It’s that extra effort you put into defining a beautiful seam that makes an item special. To hand-make piping, buy cord in the

Know Your Overlocking

Know Your Overlocking

Get to grips with the best overlocking finishes for everyday stitching. The overlocker has a different feel to a regular sewing machine. The trick is to let the feed dog guide the fabric. Use your right hand to support the edge of the material, taking car

Master French Seams

Master French Seams

Get to grips with a clever seam favourite for a continental finish! French seams are common in clothes for children, where the skin is extra sensitive, as the inside is completely smooth. They also create a beautiful effect on structured garments, as they

Fix a Frayed Pocket

Fix a Frayed Pocket

A quick fashion fix with Amanda Bowden's classic miracle mend. The dread of torn stitching can be traumatic. Pockets are a common site of injury for catching on things, to say nothing of natural wear and tear as hands go in and out, and even the continued