Articles by Devon Iott

Devon Iott   —  

Raised on a farm in Ohio, Devon moved to Los Angeles for college and worked in the film industry for several years. She has taught sewing at various shops throughout Southern California and at the Craftcation Conference in Ventura. She now resides and teaches in Nashville. When not obsessively sewing she can be found knitting, baking, and drinking wine with her cat.

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  • Tutorial: Add Corset Inspired Ties to the Cinnamon Slip

    Today, we have one more tutorial from Devon, for a more lingerie-inspired look for your Cinnamon. -Sarai Add a little bit of ooh-la-la to the back of your Cinnamon slip with these corset-inspired ties! No special skills required – just some bias tape and pretty ribbon. We’ll start out by doing a few pattern alterations, …

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  • Tutorial: Add a Fagoted Seam to the Cinnamon Slip

    One of the great things about vintage sewing books is finding instructions for techniques that aren’t quite so common any more. When looking through one of mine, I came across a page about how to sew fagoted seams. A fagoted seam is a seam in which both edges are hemmed, then hand stitched together with …

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  • Tutorial: Add a keyhole and ties to the Violet blouse…

    One way to make the Violet Blouse your own is to play with the sleeves, which are the perfect blank canvas for a bit of customization. Adding a keyhole and ties is a fun and feminine detail that doesn’t take very much extra time or pattern alteration. To do this modification, you’ll need the sleeve …

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  • Tutorial: Add pockets to the Violet Blouse (with free pocket…

    Whether it’s a snazzy style statement or a place to stash your pen collection, adding pockets to the Violet blouse (or any other blouse) is a fun and easy way to switch things up. Below are the instructions for adding a basic rectangular pocket. At the end of the post is a free pattern download …

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  • How to sew bias tape straps

    Today, we’re going to go step by step through the process of sewing the bias tape straps for Version 2 of the Dahlia dress. We’ll be using bias tape to both finish the raw edges of the neckline and create the straps. As stated in the pattern, you’ll need 3 yards of ¼” double fold …

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  • How to sew mitered corners

    When hemming two edges that meet, the multiple folds along each edge pile up on top of each other and create an excess of fabric at the corner. Mitered corners reduce the bulk, allow the edges to meet evenly, and look oh-so-satisfyingly neat and tidy. Here are two different methods for making mitered corners. Topstitched …

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  • How to sew a baby hem

    A baby hem is essentially a very small rolled hem done on the machine without a rolled hem foot. It’s a pretty and delicate hemming option that is perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics. (A baby hem isn’t really suitable for thicker fabrics, as they would be too bulky to create the small folds.) How-to …

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  • How to sew a faced or shaped hem

    Using a facing for a hem is a fun way to customize an edge. Add scallops, zigzags, or whatever else you can dream up! Before we can sew, we’ll need to draft a pattern piece for our facing. On your skirt piece (or whichever piece has your hem), draw the finished hem edge at the …

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  • 5 ways to hand stitch a hem

    While machine sewing a hem is fast and easy, hand sewing can give you a nearly invisible finish. Below are five different options for hand stitching your hems. Before we begin, let’s go over a few basic techniques that will be the same for all hand stitching. Anchoring and tying off Work with an arm …

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  • 6 ways to finish the edge of your hem

    Finishing the raw edge of your hem not only makes it look cleaner and more professional, it also adds durability and helps give your hem a longer life. Here are six different methods you can use to make your hems strong and tidy. Serged Serge along the raw edge of the hem, aligning the cut …

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  • How to Use PDF Sewing Patterns (with downloadable checklist!)

    Today, we have a guest post from Devon, who recently taught the Moneta sewalong over on the Colette Sewalongs website, and is currently running the Myrtle Sewalong. Devon is an experienced, professional sewing teacher, and today is here to talk about best practices for using PDF sewing patterns. Plus, at the end, I’ve put together …

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