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How to Sew a Blind Hem Stitch – Spring Floral Linen-Cotton Gathered-Waist Dress

by Jamie Lau Designs

JamieLauDesigns03112014Main[ Photo credit: Liz Clayman]

Things have been quite busy in Brooklyn at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. We kicked off the new year with a photo shoot featuring our new textile designs inspired by the natural environment, travel, and art, with prints based on my photographs. We also celebrated the opening of our month-long pop-up shop at Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley (235 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102), open Monday-Friday 9 AM-6 PM until March 31, 2014.

In keeping up with the momentum, I’ll be embarking on an exciting textile-filled journey to Japan later this spring and summer. In preparation for my two-month trip, I’m starting a new series entitled Fashion Travelogue, with the goal of designing and sewing the bulk of my wardrobe and accessories for my travel abroad (yes, even pajamas!).

This Spring Floral Linen-Cotton Gathered-Waist Dress is one of the first garments I made in this series. For this classic Jamie Lau Designs fit and flare silhouette, I chose a Japanese linen-cotton blend featuring a gridded background with a pink, orange, and lush green floral print overlay.

In this tutorial, I am going to share a finishing technique from my garment construction process which you can apply to your sewing projects at home: how to sew a blind hem stitch.

1. First, finish the raw edge of the dress hem with a serger (overlock sewing machine). Then, change the settings on your sewing machine to blind stitch hemming and switch to a blind hem foot. On my machine, I turned the pattern selector dial to “8” (this consists of two or three straight stitches, then one wide zigzag stitch) and my zigzag width control from “0mm” to “2.5mm.” Put the blind hem foot on your sewing machine.


2. Next, fold the serged hem edge under ¾” toward the wrong side of the garment and give it a press.


3. With the wrong side up, fold the hem back under toward the right side of the garment with the hem edge projecting ¼”, as pictured, and pin in place.


4. Position the fabric on the machine so that the needle just pierces the folded part of the fabric when the needle comes over to the left side and lower the presser foot. Turn the guide screw on the blind hem foot and move the sliding guide next to the folded edge. Sew guiding the folded edge along the sliding guide, removing the pins as you go. (Tip: Do a few sewing tests on scrap fabric to figure out the best settings and placements first.)



5. The machine will sew a pattern of two or three straight stitches, then one wide zigzag stitch. When completed, the stitching is almost invisible on the right side of the fabric (there will be tiny tacks of thread from the zigzag stitch). Lastly, give the hem one final press for a nice, clean finish. As you can see from the photos below, the hem appears crisp and neat without any topstitching.




Visit my blog to view more photos of this dress from my recent photo shoot with photographer Liz Clayman and to keep up to date with my Fashion Travelogue series. Check out my Instagram for more behind the scenes glimpses of other looks from this shoot, including new Jamie Lau Designs prints!


Easy Chunky Scarf

As the days start getting colder, I like to keep warm with soft knit scarves.

This one is particularly good because it knits up so quick and the ribbing adds

an attractive detail.

I used one skein of Cascade Yarn “Magnum” and size 35 circular Knitting needles.

If you wanted it a bit shorter, you could substitute size 19 needles.

Start by casting on 80 stitches.

Now we’ll go row by row. (even though you are using circular needles, you won’t join for working in the round, the circular just give you more room)

You can see how alternating the knit and purl rows makes a “rib” on the right side that will hang vertically.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3, 4, 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Row 7, 8, 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: Knit 20, bind off 10, knit to end

Row 13: Knit 70, cast on 10 stitches, knit to end

Row 14: Purl

Row 15, 16, 17: Knit

Row 18: Purl

Row 19, 20, 21: Knit

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: Bind off all stitches LOOSELY

 The slit you created by binding off and casting on will allow you to slip one end of the scarf through to secure it!


Hello and welcome to our Organic Cotton Produce Bag tutorial! This is an easy gift idea for the conscious shopper, or anybody! We will be making a large drawstring bag to hold produce. Keep in mind, this simple drawstring bad idea could be made to hold anything; toys, clothes, foraged goods, etc. Though the popular style of produce bag seems to be mesh fabric, I think organic cotton is a good choice when you are holding food items.

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So…  it’s December now, when did that happen? I guess it’s time to start making all of those holiday gifts on my list! Here is a list of some great gift tutorials and ideas from last year!

IMG_6748Gift bag tutorial

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So we’ve noticed that foxes are just the bees knees with everyone… everyone is singing about what they say and what not.  So we decided to jump on the fox-wagon if you will, and make an adorable little fox pillow that is cozy and fun!

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