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Posted on: 6/6/10 1:01 AM
Most students I have worked with will sew for years and never make a single buttonhole or zipper!

Now, they are amongst the more difficult skills to perfect along with collars, welt pockets and godets, to name a few.

The best thing to do is spend a few hours practicing this skill over and over again.

Do it before you start to sew up a garment that has requires these applications ~ You'll be so glad you took the time to do this.

Another tip~
start off with a sample from something you have in your closet so you have a reference point. Study how is constructed. It's also best to do some research on these techniques so you can learn the "secrets" that make it easier/better looking. Don't just rely on the pattern instructions as you will get minimal information.

When I was in design school, we were not allowed to use pattern instructions in our first sewing class. I never use them for my own personal sewing as I know better ways to make something.

However, for a beginning student, they are necessary.
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elsew said...
I think this is a great suggestion. How often do we stumble during garment construction because we have not mastered a a technique needed to complete our project. A good time to do this might be when a favorite sewing magazine features a technique we are not familiar with, make up a sample and save on a bulletin board as a visual reminder of what we have tried and mastered.
6/7/10 8:33 AM
SandiMacD said...
I agree. I generally rewrite the pattern instructions based on how I would like it to look or think that it should look. Pattern instructions seem to condense or skip steps and if I look at a finished garment I can usually figure it out.
6/9/10 10:01 PM

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