Two reviews in just as many days – what is this blog coming to?! (Don’t answer that question!) Hollie, the inventor of the Seam Allowance Guide, is someone I’ve admired for quite a while. She wanted a quick and easy way to add seam allowances to patterns, so she invented her own gadget that would solve her needs. She then set about to patent it, produce it, and market it to the sewing community. How can you not admire that ingenuity and drive?
Hollie wrote me the other week to ask if I’d review her Seam Allowance Guide on my blog. Why yes I would, thank you very much. I’ve been using a lot of seam allowance-less BurdaStyle patterns lately, and while I enjoy the tracing-the-stitching-line-directly-on-the-fabric-and-then-cutting-any-size-seam-allowances-I-want method that I picked up while taking Gertie’s bombshell dress Craftsy class, it didn’t work that well for the lighter colored lining I used in my peplum dress. My little blue tracing marks (the lightest color wax tracing paper I have that would show up on the ivory silk crepe de chine) were quite apparent, especially in the skirt since I remembered a bit late in the game to sew the side seams just a bit outside the stitching line and to convert the darts to tucks to allow for extra ease in the skirt’s lining. I thought the little blue dots might iron out the way the white ones do, but, no, they persisted despite my best efforts.
I didn’t want the same to happen when I cut into the silk charmeuse for the drop-waist dress I’m currently making, particularly since the offending wax marks would be on the outside of the garment, and the seam allowance guide seemed like a great solution. It was. The guides come in sets of two – a green one for flat scissors and a yellow one that’s slightly tilted for scissors with subtly angled blades. My Gingher micro-serrated shears fit the yellow guide perfectly. And, after pinning my pattern to my silk charmeuse carefully with fine silk pins, I cut away. Before I knew it, my least favorite sewing step was finished. Thanks Hollie!
If you’re interested in getting a pair of Seam Allowance Guides for yourself, don’t hesitate for fear of outrageous shipping costs; Hollie provides free shipping anywhere in the world. Or, if you’ve already tried them, let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Now, to get back to sewing. Louisa is feeling a bit drafty without her skirt attached.