Saturday, January 23, 2021

Edwardian Sewing Hack for Combination Undergarments

I found a fascinating original sewing "hack" while perusing The American System of Dressmaking, published in 1909. The author's tip is to finish the waistbands of corset covers, drawers, and petticoats with beading lace, so that you can "attach" these garments together by threading ribbon through the lace! 

"One clever way of combining garments is to mount the petticoat and the corset cover separately on belts of ribbon beading, and to thread the two together with one ribbon. Then it is easy to separate the garments for laundrying [sic]. Otherwise, the corset cover and petticoat may be sewn to the same belt, or finished separately. Other combinations are corset cover and knickerbockers, or drawers, and corset cover, petticoat, and knickerbockers."

Have you learned any interesting sewing tips from period magazines, manuals, letters, etc? If so, please share them in the comments below!

Friday, January 8, 2021

DIY Reusable Cloth Coffee Filter

This year, I’ve gotten into pourover coffee and have since extended my sewing hobby into my coffee routine by making reusable fabric coffee filters!

Broadly speaking, there are three types of coffee filters: paper, cloth, and metal. While paper filters are common and convenient, they produce a lot of paper waste over time. Using a cloth coffee filter is cheap, easy, and sustainable!

I use a Hario V60 coffee dripper cone for my pourover coffee, and the paper filter shape for this setup is a simple cone shape folded flat. There is a “fold” of the paper on one side and a stamped “seam” edge on the other.

You can use the process I show in my video, below, to make any size or type of cone-shaped coffee filter. The cloth coffee filters need to be rinsed off after use and stored in a jar of water in the refrigerator until the next use.