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My very own sew-in fabric labels

A few weeks back I wrote about designing my own sew-in fabric labels. They arrived a few weeks later and I’ve had fun playing with them.

Close up of a sew-in label

With foldover labels that have a different print on each side, it takes some mental gymnastics to figure out which side should face up in different situations. I found pins to be useful to temporarily put a piece together, flip it about and check, but a few attempts that don’t turn out perfect are okay as well :) Continue reading

Designing sew-in fabric labels

Paper prototyping of fabric labelsAfter a few more sales over at my Etsy store, I decided it was time to invest in fabric labels that I can attach to some of my creations.

I’m in two minds about labels because I personally am not a fan of brands being splashed large. I know though that others like labels so I’m happy to give them a go in a style I’m comfortable with and I wanted to share the steps I took.

Find out what the suppliers can and can’t do

While I know that there are ways to print these myself, I would prefer to let someone else look after it who’s done it many times before. I looked around online for Australian label suppliers and Etsy-sellers, read up on their design needs, materials, sizes, and printing methods. Continue reading

Tips for sewing a skirt with a large pattern

After writing my holiday-time sewing catch-up, I was inspired to give the Newlook 6872 skirt pattern another try, this time in a fox-patterned Japanese Lawn that I had also bought from Spotlight. When I began the project I realised I was working with a large pattern that would need some planning so I wanted to share a few things I learned along the way.

1. Use a visual cue from the pattern to ensure a straight cut.
I used the tops of the foxes ears at the top of my skirt piece to make sure my fabric and pattern were straight. If you’re cutting pieces on a fold, make sure that you’ve aligned the back and front of the fabric and pinned it before you lay down your pattern to avoid any slips on the back.

Make sure the visual cue you use has enough room for the seam allowance. You’ll see at the end of this post that when I’ve attached the waistband I’ve chopped off the heads from this top row of foxes (oops!). It doesn’t look too obvious due to the gathering in the waist but ideally I should have cut the fabric a little higher.

Use a visual cue for cutting straight lines


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