by Daughter Fish

If I had to pick one type of dress to live in for the rest of my life, it would probably be some number cut on the bias. Even before I really knew what bias-cut clothing was, I lusted after hip-hugging 1930′s ball gowns. And I probably spent way too much time studying reproduction patterns from the ’30s before my wedding. I’ve experimented with some bias-cut designs, and I hope to do more after my little one arrives. For this reason, I was very excited to chat with Julianne Bramson and Susan Lenahan, co-owners of Fashions in Harmony, a pattern and fabric company specializing in bias-cut garments.

Julianne has spent years studying and designing bias-cut clothing, and I found her to be a wealth of information on everything from the right fabrics to use to the best finishing techniques for bias-cut garments. Julianne also reminded me that a lot of sewing on the bias comes down to old-fashioned geometry. Although my mind splits at that a little, I also appreciate the challenge of brushing off my high-school math skills.

I hope you enjoy this episode!


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