Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Treadlette Tuesday: Grace's shorteralls

It's Treadlette Tuesday, when we share projects, inspiration, and ideas for you from our lovely Treadle Yard Goods employees, The Treadlettes!

There's still time for summer sewing!

Our Grace made these Burnside Bibs as shorts, using our fantastic striped linen!


She wore them on a trip and got this great photo at a historical site. Thanks for sharing, Grace!

Need to make your own? Shop linen here!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Friday Fun Fact: clip and notch your curves

You've probably read pattern directions telling you to clip and notch curves. Let's dig a little deeper into that!

Most pattern directions will tell you to clip inside curves: For a curved edge that's concave, make little snips with the tip of your scissor.


You're NOT removing any fabric, just snipping! This is necessary to help the seam allowance release - otherwise you'd never be able to get the curve flat.

Press that edge smooth with an iron and steam for a lovely inside curve that lays down flat!



Curves that bend outward get a different treatment. Always notch outside curves: For a convex (outside) curve, snip narrow triangles at the seam allowance, removing little bits of fabric to reduce bulk.



This gives the seam allowances space to nestle together without making any bulky overlap.

 Another approach to outside curves is to trim the entire seam allowance to 1/8".  This reduces bulk with less fuss and can create smoother edges.


Turn your piece to the right side and press for a lovely, lump-free finish!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Treadlette Tuesday: Rebecca's Sun and Sea quilt


It's Treadlette Tuesday, when we share projects, inspiration, and ideas for you from our lovely Treadle Yard Goods employees, The Treadlettes!

Check out Rebecca's latest quilt! She used this gorgeous sun and sea panel print and the coordinating fabrics to make the perfect top, then had our dear Nanette Sutherland quilt it for her.*



Shop these amazing new fabrics here!

* Want Nanette to quilt for you? You can drop off your quilt for her right at Treadle!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Friday Fun Fact: Clipping Corners

A few weeks ago, we talked about Grading Seams (<-- click the link to read it!) but there are SO many other things we have to do to our enclosed seam allowances.

Here's how to clip your corners to reduce bulk in the best way!

Okay, so you've sewn a corner, perhaps on a collar, cuff, or patch pocket.


First, cut off the corner. Cut close to the stitching, but not too close! 1/8" should be plenty.


Next, make two swoop cuts - curve in to get rid of more bulk along the sides of the corner.
 

It should look like this!


Use a point turning tool to gently (GENTLY!) poke the corners out. We're emphasizing the gentle because you can rip through the corner if you push too hard!

The last step is to give your corner a good press with your iron. Then marvel at its beauty!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Treadlette Tuesday: Laura's vest

It's Treadlette Tuesday, when we share projects, inspiration, and ideas for you from our lovely Treadle Yard Goods employees, The Treadlettes!

Laura made this dapper linen vest for her husband using a natty linen check fabric. 

A gorgeous welt pocket is a classic detail. 

The back strap with buckle customizes the fit. 

Laura used a contrast lining that just peeks out at the edges for an extra fun detail.

Laura used an out-of-print Vogue pattern, but she suggests Vogue 8987 as a current alternative. 



Want to make your own? Shop linen here!