The finishing stitches

- - Sewing

Challenge: You’ve draped, drafted and sewn your original garment. Now, how to finish it in a way that honors your workmanship and gives your garment a professional quality?

Solution: Watch our four latest video releases.

Any idea how Zuhair Murad’s team finished the hems of the sleeves and dress/cape you see in the above header? How do you think the lace appliques were sewn? We offer some possible solutions below. No matter what type of garment you are finishing, the University of Fashion has a video that will teach you how to produce professional looking results.

Challenge: You want to finish the edges of a jacket, coat, collar or lapel.

Solution: Learn how to sew a pickstitch. A pickstitch can be applied to any fabric and used any place where you are looking to add a decorative touch. Our technique is easy and produces the best results.



Challenge: You want to finish a hem, seam or attach a lining to a jacket or coat.

Solution: Use a catchstitch. In this lesson, we will demonstrate how to sew hair canvas to a piece of wool melton with the catchstitch.  This is a technique used by bespoke tailors and couturiers.



Challenge: You would like to add a unique design finish to your garment.

Solution: Learn how to create a blanket stitch. This decorative stitch can be used as an embellishment on the edges of jackets, coats, sleeves, pockets or any of your designs where you are looking to create a special touch. We will demonstrate an easy technique using Tiger Tape so that your blanket stitch will turn out perfectly, every time!



Challenge: You want to sew an applique or need to hide your stitches.

Solution: Learn how to sew a slipstitch. Watch the below lesson to learn how to create hidden stitches that you can use not only for appliques but for stitching pockets, hems and even quilts. We will demonstrate an assortment of tools and supplies to help you with the process.


 These four videos are just a sampling of the finishing techniques we teach at the U of F. Visit our website for our full offering!

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.