Betsy LaHonta has been crafting, sewing and creating for as long as she can remember. She loves to figure out ways to get the project ideas out of her head and into the world. Betsy lives in Northern California with her family.
Introduction How to Use This Book Chapter 1: The Basics Chapter Intro Fabrics Grain Fabric Labels Wovens Knits Interfacing Choosing and Buying Fabrics Buying Fabric In-Store Buying Fabric Online Finding the Right Fabric Pre-washing Notions Basic Sewing Supplies Optional Tools Threads Needles Sewing by Hand and Machine Sewing Machine Tips on Buying a Sewing Machine Anatomy Types of Stitches Hand Sewing Seam Allowance Sewing a Seam Make It—DIY Infinity Scarf Chapter 2: The Little Details That Matter Chapter Intro Basic Techniques Pinning Measuring and Marking Seam Ripping Pressing Seams Sewing Curved Seams Sewing in the Round Heming Threading Elastic (Drawstrings) Sewing with Knits Stretch and Sew Setting In Sleeves Patterns Sizing Tracing Patterns Symbols Cutting Layouts Cutting/ Marking Fabrics Make It—DIY Basic Tee Chapter 3: Sewing to Fit YOU Chapter Intro Seam Finishes Zigzag French Seams Mock-French Seams Fibers Fabric Fibers Most Common Fibers/Characteristics Climates What fibers should I use? Lifestyle Make It—DIY Skater Skirt Chapter 4: Design It Chapter Intro Advanced Techniques Darts Gathers Bias Binding Inserting a Zipper The Design Concept Sketching Sketch to Final Product Analyzing Pattern, Fit, and Design Basics of Modifying Patterns Adjusting the Neckline Lengthening and Shortening Adding and Subtracting Minimal Width Adjusting Width by “Slashing and Spreading” Embellishments Fabric Paint Trims/ Buttons Other Make It—DIY Boxy Crop Top Chapter 5: More Projects Chapter Intro Make It—DIY Skater Dress Make It—DIY High-Rise Shorts Glossary Resources Index About the Author