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Tutorial: Pinning & Sewing Gussets

People naturally want to match raw edges perfectly when pinning, but that doesn’t work very well for three-dimensional things, like bags. The raw edge of a curved panel will be longer than a straight edge that’s sewn to it. For most Swoon patterns, these pieces are calculated to match lengths exactly at the 1/2″ seam […]

Photo Tutorial: Brooklyn Handbag

I had a fabulous and busy day sewing along with the ladies in the Bag of the Month Club Facebook Group. I promised to move it all here, so that it can referred in the future. This is a supplement to the pattern instructions, they are much more detailed. (This bag pattern is currently only […]

Photo Tutorial: Blanche

I had a fun one day sew-along in the Swoon Patterns Group on Facebook, making the small sized Blanche Barrel Bag. Compiled it all into this tutorial for easy future reference. If you are making the Medium or Large, refer to the pattern instructions for the correct measurements for that size. Step 1) Prepping First, […]

No More Saggy Linings!

Anyone familiar with Swoon patterns is probably aware of my affinity for drop-in linings. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read all about my love affair (and drop-in linings) here. Over in the Swoon Patterns Group on Facebook, Sharon Mallory posted this awesome trick to tack the lining to the exterior at the […]

Evelyn Tutorial, Part 3

Welcome back! This Part 3 of the Evelyn Tutorial. Click here for Part 1 > Click here for Part 2 > Step 8: Lining Assembly Lay your Top Zipper Panels (sewn to the zipper) bottom side down against the right side of a Bottom Lining panel, centering a long edge of the Top Zippered Panels along the […]

Evelyn Tutorial, Part 2

This is a continuation of the Evelyn Photo Tutorial. Click here for Part 1 > Click here for Part 3 > Step 4: Connectors Pin a Connector with stabilizer to a Connector with interfacing, right sides together and matching all edges. Now you want to make a mark on the stabilizer where you will stop sewing. […]

Evelyn Tutorial, Part 1

This is the Part 1 of the Evelyn Photo Tutorial. Click here for Part 2 > Click here for Part 3 > I had to sew up an Evelyn Tote as a gift so I thought I’d take photos along the way for a tutorial and use Pellon’s brand new Flex Foam for the first […]

Sew-Along: Donna Handbag

I spent a fun day in the Swoon Facebook Group sewing a Donna Handbag and posting photos and tips along the way, sort of a last minute sew-along. I promised I’d move it here so it’d have a permanent home. I hope you find it helpful. PREPPING Gather all your materials. Here is everything I’m […]

The “new” Swoon Studio

It’s nearly the end of March and I’ve spent the past 3 weeks moving, painting, sanding, moving, hurting, and moving some more. We’ve gotten an incredible amount done in a month. And the last to tackle was my sewing studio. I previously leased a space away from the home, but now with a bigger home, […]

Tutorial: Double Welt Pocket

This double welt pocket came about when I was drafting the Swoon Bonnie Bucket Bag pattern. I wanted to include something new, an alternative to the usual exposed zipper pocket. By a lot trial and error, I came up with this way to make one. It’s fast and easy, but don’t try to put this pocket […]