I've been inspired by Reana Louise via Sonja at GingerMakes to make myself a checklist of sewing techniques I'd like to try to master. The aim is for this to help me choose patterns which will challenge my skills and help me improve and the fact that all of you can see how I'm getting on will hopefully spur me on with this too!
Standard Buttonholes- success first time on my Robson Coat Bound Buttonholes- for my Butterick 6385 Coat!
- Making my own Covered Buttons
- Welt Pockets
Pockets with Flaps- pockets on my Robson Coat Applying Patch Pockets- on my swiss dot Archer Shirt Inserting a Zip- easier than expected on my Floral Lonsdale Dress Inserting an Invisible Zip- the wonder of a new foot! First done on my Charlotte Skirt Inserting a Fly Zip- my very first one was on my Geometric Moss Mini Skirt Inserting a Lapped Zip- in both the top and dress of my Big Vintage Sew-Along outfit Under-Stitching -my favourite and most used technique, I do this wherever possible! Topstitching -running a close second I love the process of topstitching and getting it just right Using a Vintage Pattern- I've made a bowling shirt and a maxi skirt from 1950s/60s patterns Creating/Using a Facing- first done on all 3 of my Anna Dresses! Setting in a Sleeve- still not perfected this one but done on multiple occasions! French Seams- one of the favourite things I've learnt, best achieved on my Dip Hemmed Scout Hong Kong/Bound Seams- another favourite technique, used first on my Black Lonsdale Flat-Felled Seams- I've perfected these on the now multiple shirts I've made! Lining a Garment- my Circle Skirted Elisalex was fully lined in hot pink! Underlining a Garment- successfully achieved on my Black Lace Scout Tee Attaching Belt Loops- another first on my Robson Coat! Sewing a Collar Stand- I tackled two at once with the Negroni and Archer Shirts! Sewing a Button Placket- I've tried a couple of methods now, my favourite being the Negroni Sewing a Button Placket- I completed a fiddly one on my Carme Blouse Sewing Outerwear- my Robson Coat!
- Sewing Underwear
Sewing Swimwear -I've got two Bombshells under my belt and am working on bikinis! Making my own Bias Tape- first done for my Liberty Print Scout Tee Boning- learnt during my tutu course, first sewn at home in my Martini Dress Sewing with Knits- I had a major breakthrough with my Grey Marl Coppelia Cardigan Matching Stripes -with knits for my Breton Renfrew Tee and wovens on a green Negroni Shirt Matching Plaids/Checks -successfully achieved on my Flannel Alder Shirtdress Piping- on my Manolo Blahnik Cushion Covers A Rolled Hem- my first one was on my Dip Hemmed Scout Tee Pleats- box pleats on my Elisalex Muslin and knife pleats on Simplicity 2444 Adding Horse Hair Braid to a Hem- love this on my Circle Skirted Elisalex! Using a Twin Needle- I had some issues but got it right on my Lady Skater and Grey Marl Renfrew
- Using Fold-Over Elastic
Inserting a Double-Ended Zip- on the bodice part of my two-piece Martini Dress Inserting an Exposed Zip- on the cuffs and front of my Quart Jacket
- Pad Stitching
- Arrowhead Tacks
- Fagoted Seams
Lining a Skirt Vent- a little tricky this one but I followed the instructions on my Martini Skirt Making a Waist Stay- I'm really pleased with the difference this made to my Chiffon Dress Facing a Hem- I am in love with this technique after using it on my Dove Blouse Sewing with Denim- both for my 6696 Shirtdress and Ginger Jeans
- Sewing with Leather
- Sewing a Bias Cut Garment
Bar Tacks- on my Ginger Jeans!
- Fitting Trousers
Doing a Full Bust Adjustment- for my second military inspired Archer Shirt
- Drafting my Own Bodice, Skirt and Trouser Blocks
Applying Rivets and Snaps- I've made friends with my hammer and used snaps on my Rosari Skirts and rivets on my Ginger Jeans Inserting Sleeve Heads and Shoulder Pads -in my blue Quart Jacket
- Inserting Lace into a Seam
That's a fair amount I know but I'm not giving myself any time limits, it's just what I'd like to say I've done/can do!