View PatternView PatternView PatternView PatternHow to SewPerfect Your Piping Perfect Your PipingAdd 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 Measure your seam and cut the piping to fit. Place wrong sides together and pin the piping down on to one side, lining up the cut edges. Lay the top piece over it and tack down, removing the pins as you go.Using a zipper foot, carefully push the fabric up to the edge of the foot and straight-stitch. If your piping is quite wide, trim the seam allowance down to 5mm around the corners, then turn round out the right way and press.As a tip, clipping the piping seam allowance will help you gently ease the piping around the curve as you tack it in place in the seam allowance. Also, you can shorten the stitch length for smoother stitching around any curves. More Helpful Tips... Shape Up Your SleevesGive 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 HemsGuarantee 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 Know Your OverlockingGet 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 SeamsGet 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 PocketA 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 Create Perfect DartsDoyenne of DIY dressmaking, Sarah Greeff, on the perfect dart. I recently visited Bath and spent the morning at the Fashion Museum, my nose pressed against the glass, as I gawped at the construction of some of the more historical pieces. On closer inspectPopularRecent Arabella Blouse Dave Dachshund Free Sewing Pattern Downloads Retro Mixtape Cushion Floaty Floral Three Quarter Sleeved Dress Stuffed Fabric Letters Art Gallery Fabric Unicorn Toy Sewing Bee Sleeveless Shell Top Sewing Bee Shift Dress Tweed Chicken Doorstop Make Your Own Bodycon Dress Wiggle Dress Arabella Blouse Georgia the Pig Denim Jacket Memory Bear Charm Quilt Bomber Jacket Twiggy Shift Carnaby Christmas Lights Stefani Blouse Lisa Top and Skirt Sheena Pants Ria Shift Dress Adele Pencil Skirt Get all of your sewing essentials sent straight to your inbox! Please keep me up to date with regular emails from Sew MagazineYou need to tick the box above to confirm you want to recieve emails We have sent you a confirmation email, please confirm it.