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DIY Day of the Dead: Part 2 – The Accessory

To complete our Dia de los Muertos inspired Halloween costume (see the sugar skull face paint tutorial here), we’ve adapted the traditional veiled flower garland headband associated with the Mexican … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

DIY Day of the Dead: Part 1 – The Face

We’ve found ourselves at a bit of a loss these last couple of days… Everything has gone to print (aaarrrgggg!), designs for the next collection of sewing patterns have been … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

DIY gathered skirt

Observant types amongst you may have noticed that here at By Hand Studios, we love making skirts. A quick project with infinite possibilities, minimal drafting required (omitting wiggle skirts of … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

The perfect waistband

Full skirts and their infinite variations can be the quickest and most satisfying sewing project, whip-uppable in under an hour. That is, once you’ve mastered the basics that make up … Continue reading

October 4, 2012

3 ways to gather

Gathering, or ruching, is a technique used to bunch together a length of fabric to create a ruffled effect. Gathering is most commonly associated with gathered skirts (aka Dirndl skirts) … Continue reading

September 27, 2012

DIY Fluo Breton

We all love a good Breton, non? Nice and stripy, goes with pretty much everything, pretty much anytime. However… we here at By Hand HQ are a little bored with … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · 3 Comments

Circle skirt maths – explained!

∏ = 3.141592653589793238462… How many times in Maths class did/do you ever wonder when in the hell you’d actually need to know equations like this in real life? Well, to … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · 18 Comments

Nerdy sewing tips – French seams

Last week we started talking about the importance of paying attention to the little details when making our own clothes in order to achieve a professional finish and ultimately, a … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · 4 Comments

DIY flannel skirt

With Autumn just around the corner, my thoughts have been turning to the cosy end of the style spectrum. In a bid to expand on my usual Winter uniform of … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 6 Comments

Nerdy sewing tips – finishing your seams

As every good seamstress knows, it’s not only what’s on the outside that counts – the inside of your garment should be just as neatly finished as the outside. Paying … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · 6 Comments

DIY hand chain

Of all the wonderful DIY bracelet tutorials out there, making a dainty hand chain (a delicate chain bracelet that continues over your hand connecting to a ring) from broken necklaces … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · 6 Comments

Nerdy sewing tips – rolled hem tutorial

With just a little practice, a rolled hem can give the neatest and most professional of finishes in the shortest time. Especially useful for hemming circle skirts, and especially convenient … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 8 Comments

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