- Unlock your dream wardrobe!
- Key 1: Use quality fabrics
- Key 2: Use appropriate fabrics
- Key 3: Use interlinings and interfacings
- Key 4: Learn to visualise
- Key 5: Make your projects manageable
- Key 6: Slow down!
- Key 7: Don't skip steps
- Key 8: Get a good sewing machine and take care of it!
- Key 9: Press thoroughly
- Key 10: Fitting your costumes
- Key 11: Be willing to re-do
- Key 12: Hand sew
- Key 13: Keep on practicing
- Key 14: Attention to detail
- In conclusion
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Baste, baste, baste.
It's such a simple concept, but so few people do it: I suspect that basting is really about taking the time to get it right. When costumers don’t baste – in other words, tack pieces together loosely by hand or machine before sewing firmly – things can easily go awry.
Sewing two loose pieces together can give shabby results and thus give you the impression that you’re forever an amateur; spare your spirit and baste. Sewing over pins can damage your machine or needle and give you a nasty fright when steel hits steel suddenly; spare your nerves and baste. Don’t just take a leaf out of the books of generations before ours and slow down – don’t skip any steps either.