Tips & Tutorials

I use the term “tutorial” very loosely when sharing these posts – but I thought it might be useful to have a collection of the tips and techniques I’ve shared along the way.


What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking – a collection of various shirt making techniques.

A buttonband on a white button up shirt.

Some more tips on sewing buttonholes – in my Burda long sleeved blouse review.

Two buttonholes in a shirt buttonband, they have been marked in hot pink pen before sewing.

Square shirt sleeve placket – not a tutorial as such, but I share a template for a sleeve placket I made.

Shirt cuff and placket.

How to sew a mitred v-neck with bias facing & an easier bias facing method

Sewing the elastic waistband on the Style Arc Georgie Jeans – a photo tutorial because those instructions are cryptic.

Georgie Jeans elastic 1

Adding a faced slit to a knit skirt pattern – again, not really a tutorial, just an image of how I adjusted a pattern to incorporate a faced slit (vent) in the centre back seam of a self-drafted knit skirt.

A pattern piece for a CB skirt vent.

Testing fabric markers – I put Crayola Washable Markers and Frixion gel pens to the test.

Packet of Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers and several Pilot Frixion pens.

Adding a bust dart to the Grainline Archer Shirt – more diagrams.

A woman wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots.

How to remove excess ease from a sleeve cap – for when your sleeve won’t ease to the armscye without puckering

A drawing of a sleeve with the back portion marked

How to make a Regency bonnet – a photo tutorial.



How to knit a garment in both directions – when you need to knit a yoke bottom-up, but the rest top-down (or want removable ribbing, adjustable sleeves, etc)

Handknit jumper, with a prominent line of stitches highlighted.

An easier way to cast on – use your stitch markers!

A cast on row of knitting with locking stitch markers dividing stitches.

How to knit a ribbed shawl collar from the top-down – in brief diagram format.

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears a grey handknit cardigan.

Working on rowing out – I try a various range of fixes for rowing out (when your purl stitches are larger than knit, causing uneven rows in stockinette).

Four swatches of knitting.

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