Archives 12/18 – 12/24 2005-2008

Alas, I failed to post the entries for last week’s archives with all the comings and goings of the holiday. This time of year is always problematic with disruptions to my schedule but oddly, I didn’t recoup so readily this year. Changes are nice but also disconcerting; finding it difficult to regain my footing. Some years I’ve posted too much and people complain (not meanly) that it’s too much to catch up. I’ve been wanting to post what some will surely think is a homework post (it’s not, honest) because I really do like the topic (on seam allowance, no surprise I suppose). Then I wonder if people even have time to read so how lightly do I go? I take no small pleasure in January 2nd when theoretically, everything is back to normal and uncertainty removed. As a practical matter, I have a broken water pipe at the office and have no idea when it’ll be repaired. Very upsetting it is, I suspect a portion of one wall (with attached shelving) will need to be taken out to repair it. I am very distressed about it.

December 18, through December 24, 2005
Marketing only gets you so far
How to get from a 7 to a 10
Which fashion school is best?
Engineers gone wild
Batch product development 2
Get off your lazy butt
Design review tutorial 1
Importance of Product Identification
A post about nothing

December 18, through December 24, 2006
Product storage problems
Problem pattern maker
Shorten a separating zipper
Workplace Management
How to select commercial pressing equipment pt.2
Kathleen in French Vogue!
Product storage problems pt.2
Optimize your name for the internet

December 18, through December 24, 2007
Leather pattern making and sewing class
Sock wars and Handmade
5 Questions all designers must answer
Pop Quiz #471
Industrial sewing machines differential feed
News from you: Holiday edition

December 18, through December 24, 2008
Being sued by a client
How to move up to another level
CPSIA, Denial and Retailer’s Liability
How to sew a single welt pocket

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  1. Oriole says:

    I can’t wait for the seam allowance blog. This is something I have been trying to get under control. I loved the lapped zipper tutorial but haven’t had the time to figure out the seam allowances. You gave the draft for a 3/8-inch seam allowance but I use half inch. If the allowance changes what is the correct amount to remove from the facings? How do you adjust for a different zipper width?
    When do you change a seam allowance for say a vest, around the neck 1/4, down the front 1/4 of 3/8 and then turn the bottom and it goes to 1/2? I always thought the allowance didn’t change in less the stitching stopped.
    Maybe this wasn’t what you had planned to talk about, but hope you might have some answers.

  2. kathleen says:

    HI Oriole, I posted the entry today. I didn’t answer your question in it but will here. The seam allowance along an outside edge is 1/4″. That means it’d be a quarter along the neck, down the cf and around the bottom. All the same.

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