Category Archives: tutorials

Smocked scales

by Gillian on April 5, 2015, 8 comments

The project associated with those piles of silk is eating up most of my time, but I thought I’d take a minute to share a decorative technique I’ve been experimenting with for a bodice detail. I wanted some kind of fabric manipulation to contrast with the other embellishments I have planned for this piece, ideally with […]

I have some opinions about sergers

by Gillian on March 3, 2015, 3 comments

I see a lot of people trying to scare beginners off sergers. Suggestions that they’re too tricky to thread, the stitching is hard to unpick, the tension finicky, the blade choppy and intimidating, etc. Generally it’s meant kindly—to spare people frustration, and maybe let them off the hook if they don’t have budget or confidence to invest […]

Creating a raglan jacket pattern

by Gillian on January 30, 2015, 2 comments

I was all over the new Spider-Woman costume when it was unveiled a couple months back. The outfit is functional and interesting, with cool patternmaking and embellishment details, so it checked a lot of boxes for me, plus spiders are kind of a thing. I started playing with it right away, but between gift sewing and work […]

Glove love

by Gillian on December 6, 2014, no comments

I’ve got a big fat glove sewing tutorial up at the McCall blog this week, with all kinds of good stuff on fitting glove patterns and embellishment and working with those tiny dang seam allowances. The angle over there is holiday gift sewing, but of course gloves come up time and again in cosplay too. Since I’d already done […]