Welcome to the sewing world!

Below is a collection of helpful, useful, entertaining, interesting guides, step-by-step tutorials and expert tips that will help you to learn sewing and achieve professional results.

I would love to say it is easy and fast. But I won’t. Because I am trying to be honest. Because sewing is not like slapping together fabric pieces and hoping to make something from them. There is quite a lot that goes into sewing.

So start learning today because there is a lot to learn.

Sew with organic and natural fabric


How to make a leather purse

How to make a leather purse

Did you ever want to make a leather purse yourself? I always wanted but I thought it will be too complicated. But it turned out nothing could be further from the truth.
I made this lovely little leather purse and got lots of compliments. One of my friends even said that it’s absolutely the most beautiful purse she has ever seen. Well, it’s unique and I have never come across anything like it in stores. So I am excited to show it off!
I decided to publish this tutorial how you can make the purse too because many of my friends showed interest.

Organic cotton fabric review

Organic cotton fabric review

I am not a professional seamstress, but I sew a little bit almost every day and because of this I have a big fabric collection and handle fabrics and make fabric choices on a regular basis. I prefer to use natural or even organic fabrics for my sewing projects. Where can I buy organic fabric? Well, I visited many fabric stores in USA and Canada (I travel a lot) but I have never seen organic fabric in those stores. But there are many online stores that sell organic fabric. One of them is www.fabric.com where I buy organic cotton for my sewing projects.

Uses of silk fabric

Uses of silk fabric

I often get questions from my readers about using natural silk fabric:

What can I sew with silk?
Is silk fabric good for casual outfits or only for party dresses?
Which is the best silk fabric for dresses? Skirts?
Can I use silk fabric in interior design?
Can I make pajamas from silk fabric?
What types of silk are good to make a lining?
How do I choose silk fabric suitable for my project?

In this article I will try to answer some of these questions.

How to sew a dress

How to sew a dress

In this article I want to take you into my workshop and describe in detail how I made this blue dress. I will discuss how to get inspired, how to choose a fabric and a pattern for sewing projects, how to cut and sew the dress. I can’t bring it down to “5 simple steps” or “a 3-hour sewing project”; there are plenty of such posts out there, but this is not one of them. I didn’t strive for simplicity with this project.

Easy sewing projects: DIY silk robe without a pattern

Easy sewing projects: DIY silk robe without a pattern

What robe I would like to sew and why I can’t find it easily for sale in stores?
1. I want a silk robe (but don’t want it to cost a fortune, it is a dress for home not for going out)
2. I don’t want it just for 10 minutes wear, I want to lounge around my house in it for hours.
3. I want it with zipper or button closure (not just with a belt, which is not comfortable)
4. I don’t want it too short or too long ( I want it to be comfortable, right?)
5. I want to feel good in it so it has to be roomy enough for lifting, flexing, and waving my arms around.
6. I don’t want it a solid color, prints are better because I can wear it without fear that every drop of water can destroy the garment.
7. I want it with some sleeves to cover my arms ( but not too long that they become inconvenient)
8. I don’t want it completely shapeless and baggy, I want it to have some shape to show off my curves.
9. I want it to be decorated with some trims and buttons but don’t want it to have too much of them so it becomes really over decorated.
10. I want to be able to wash it in water (not dry cleaned only) – this is a dress for home wear, who can afford dry cleaning for home clothes?

So with all this in mind, what choices do I have to be able to buy one? I think absolutely none.
That’s why I can sew a silk robe and I am going to show you how easily you can make one too – even without a pattern.

DIY fabric headbands: a step-by-step tutorial

DIY fabric headbands: a step-by-step tutorial

Headbands are cute hair accessories and often are not only practical but also fashionable. I found a few reasons for wearing (and sewing) headbands.
1. They can absorb sweat and keep it from reaching the eyes when you are running or exercising
2. They also can keep unruly hair out of your face
3. A headband can be a stylish item for your head especially if it has an interesting shape or decorated with ribbons or fabric flowers
4. Headbands can transform ordinary outfit into something special and exceptional
5. A headband is a very easy item to sew for a beginner sewist and can be a step in your sewing journey, it’s a really good item for practicing
6. You can use your scrap fabric to make as many different headbands as you wish
With that being said, let me show you how to make a turban headband.

How to wash silk

How to wash silk

Manufacturers of silk garments and bedding usually don’t bother to pre-wash fabric they work with. That’s why they put labels saying “Dry Clean Only”. I am against dry cleaning whenever possible because of chemicals even if it is organic. In China, they make silk fabric for at least 5000 years. And people cared for traditional silk garments long before dry cleaning. Silk is tough fabric, it only appears to be delicate! It certainly can be washed in water.

How to sew silk: types of stitches and seams

How to sew silk: types of stitches and seams

In this post, I continue my series of articles about working with 100% silk fabric. Now I would like to talk about different types of stitches and seams appropriate for natural silk fabric.
I know that basting and pinning are not among the very popular sewing techniques, but for many types of silk fabric, it makes perfect sense to baste and pin. The last thing you want is to screw up a 50 dollars a yard piece of silk trying to make something nice out of it faster.
I am talking now about all kinds of basting: basting pattern pieces, basting hems, pleats, gathers, set-in sleeves, positioning pockets, etc. Basting is also very important for a first fitting.

DIY sleep mask

DIY sleep mask

I made two silk pillowcases recently (you can find a step-by-step tutorial on my blog) and some fabric was left over, so I decided to sew a sleep mask and I would like to share with you the steps, the project is quite simple even for a complete beginner.
Why not make a nice sleep mask from 100% silk fabric especially that is not difficult? You will get the mask exactly as you want it, it can be customized easily to your face if at first it doesn’t fit well and at the same time you will improve your sewing skills and will be better prepared to next more complicated sewing projects.

DIY pure silk pillowcase for better and healthier sleep

DIY pure silk pillowcase for better and healthier sleep

There is no more sensitive skin than on your face. So why do you sleep on a polyester pillowcase and make skin even more prone to problems? Use 100% silk pillowcase, especially if it is very easy to make so it doesn’t cost a fortune.
I heard many nice things about silk pillowcases. And after I made a silk fitted sheet I decided to make 2 pure silk pillowcases with embroidery on them to go with the silk sheet.
Here is a tutorial to show you how easy it is to sew your own silk (cotton and linen will do also of course) pillowcase.

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