Saturday, 7 February 2015

Paper patterns - Fresh from the print house

I know what I'll be doing this weekend: Packing orders!

7 of our patterns are now available as beautiful paper patterns and we are already working on extending the range. We've put a lot of work into them and are quite proud of the results. Our patterns will also be available in shops all over the world so check with your local sewing shop soon!

We've heard your requests and added seam allowances. We've also worked on the instructions and added more step-by-step illustrations. If you're not a fan of tissue paper patterns (I'm not!) you'll be happy to know that our patterns are printed on durable quality paper.

Salme paper patterns 1
Salme paper patterns 2
Salme paper patterns back
Salme paper patterns instructions

Thursday, 29 January 2015

New Pattern & paper patterns

What a manic but exciting time it has been here at Salme. Our paper patterns are now being printed and will be available next week. More on that to follow soon, in the meanwhile here is our latest pattern.

168 raglan sleeve dress pattern
168 raglan sleeve dress pattern
168 raglan sleeve dress pattern
168 raglan sleeve dress pattern

Saturday, 4 October 2014

On my sewing table - Printed shorts

As soon as I saw these print fabrics I thought of shorts. This is how I will be spending my weekend. (Yes I'm in denial about the summer being over!!)

Fabrics from Mondepot

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pics from the studio

It's been a busy few months here at Salme! We've been making new samples, improving our instructions, shopping ridiculous amounts of beautiful fabrics and lots more. 3 new patterns will be released tomorrow, and we're working on many more.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sewing a simple roll-up cuff

I love finishing t-shirt sleeves with cuffs that have no function other than decorative. The cuff can be cut as part of the sleeve and folded up, or it can be cut as a separate piece of fabric as below.

This tutorial is taken from my Kimono top pattern but it works for adding cuffs to any garment with t-shirt length sleeves. Measure the sleeve opening, add seam allowance and cut a strip of fabric accordingly. For width I recommend about 8 cm (3") plus seam allowance, which will result in 4 cm (1,5") wide cuffs (depending on method, see instructions below).

1. Stitch the ends of the cuffs together.

2. Press seams open.

3. Fold along the middle with wrong sides facing. Press.

4. With raw edges matching, pin cuff to the right side of the sleeve. Match the seam of the cuff with sleeve seam.

5. Stitch in place and finish the raw edge. Here, I've used a regular stitch to attach the cuff and an overlock stitch of my regular sewing machine to finish the edge.
6. Turn cuff outwards with seam allowance pointing inwards. Press.

7. Topstitch along the edge. This attaches the seam allowance to the sleeve and keeps it in the inside of the garment.

8. Option I: Now you have two options: You can simply turn half of the cuff upwards and attach in place following the instructions at the end of the post. For a wider, less bulky cuff skip this step and jump to the next image to follow the rest of the instructions.

8. Option II: Shift the folded edge of the cuff about 8 mm so that you get some extra fabric to cover the topstitch with.
Do this along the entire cuff and pin in place.

At the cuff seam do a few stitches in the crease of the previous seam to attach. ("Stitching in the ditch")

At the shoulder seam do some hidden stitches by hand. Depending on the material you might want to do stitches at four points, or even stitch along the entire cuff to keep it in place.

This tutorial was requested by a customer. What tutorials would you like to see? Are you struggling with any of our patterns? Post a comment and I'll do my best to add tutorials relevant to you!