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Garment Making techniques


Garment Making Techniques

When you first start dressmaking to seems like there are an overwhealming amount of techniques to learn - how to sew pockets, cuffs and collars, hems, waistbands, seams, buttonholes, zips and much more.  I wanted to help save you time by putting together a selection of the best garment making technique guides all in one place, find them below.  When it comes to techniques for handling different fabrics check out my guide here.


How to sew a French Seam
From Tilly and the Buttons


Seam Techniques

French Seams

Flat felled seams

Zig zag seams

Double stitched seams

Seams for stretch knits

How to sew a lapped seam

How to sew a welt seam

Hong Kong seams and bound seams

Multiple seams techniques: French whipped seams, hairline seam, double stitched seam, self bound seams and overlock stitch seam.


How to sew a blind hem with a sewing machine

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Hem Techniques

3 ways to sew a rolled hem

How to sew an invisible hem

How to sew a curved hem

Blind hem stitch with a sewing machine

Double turn hem

How to sew a twin needle hem

How to sew a lettuce hem


How to do shirring

Shirring technique



A guide to basic darts

How to sew pleats

How to sew knife pleats

Inverted pleats and freeform pleats

Three ways to gather fabric

American smocking techniques

How to do shirring

Guide to interfacing

How to add a peplum to your garments

Four methods for adding ruffles

How to add a godet


How to sew buttons and buttonholes

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How to sew buttonholes

How to add snaps

How to sew hook and eye fastenings

How to sew a topstitched zip

How to sew magnetic snaps

Bag making closures

How to sew an lapped zip

How to sew a zip fly

A guide to zips

Invisible zips

How to sew velcro

Bound buttonholes

How to hand sew buttonholes

How to make a thread chain loop

How to make a rouleau loop

How to sew a patch pocket - Tilly Walnes

Patch pocket tutorial by Tilly Walnes



How to sew a zipped pocket

Side seam pockets

How to sew an expanding accordion pocket

How to sew patch pockets

How to sew welt pockets

How to make an inset pocket

Yoked pockets tutorial

Single bound welt pocket

 Bag pockets

How to alter a commercial sewing pattern


Pattern alterations and drafting

Common alterations (lenthen/shorten)

How to move darts

How to grade a pattern

Whole series on drafting your own patterns

How to grade a pattern

Back and shoulder pattern alterations

How to take a pattern from an existing garment

How to make a full bust adjustment

How to make a small bust adjustment


How to grade patterns

How to grade sewing patterns - The Thrifty Stitcher


 Cuffs and Collars

How to sew a cuff

How to sew a collar

How to sew a placket

How to sew sleeves (3 different styles)

How to make a bow sleeve

How to sew neckline facings

How to sew a waistband

How to sew an elasticated waistband


How to sew a placket on a shirt or dress

How to Sew a Placket from Megan Nielsen



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