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Facings are most often used for finishing and strengthening purposes, but…can also be used for design and aesthetic reasons as well. For example, you can use them to add contrast, decoration, or a unique flare to your sewing patterns! Learn everything you need...read more
Flat pattern making requires an accurate set of measurements to draft from. Taking careful body measurements will be one of the keys to your success! There are a lot of measurements needed . . . and it can be kind of overwhelming. Not to worry, you’ll get there!...read more
Imagine if a garment had no ease and were sewn to the exact measurements of your body. It would be like a second skin. No thanks, right? If you were drafting a simple sloper, then absolutely…draft it to your measurements. That’s how it’s supposed to be done! That...read more
Advanced Pattern Making Techniques: Adding a dart to a dartless bodice (full bust adjustment) (VIDEO)
Learn how to add a dart to a dartless bodice, two ways! Plus, one of them can be used for a full bust adjustment! So, you need to add a dart to a dartless bodice? Awesome, that means maybe you drafted your bodice block the easy way… Basically, you take your body...read more
Practical pattern grading techniques for the home sewist. Pattern grading doesn’t have to be hard! Have you been led to believe that it’s only for industry professionals, or that you need some fancy software or elite knowledge to grade sewing patterns?...read more
Watch this quick video tutorial to learn how to quickly and easily close a dart to create the proper pattern shaping for clean and easy sewing. What is a dart? A dart is a “wedge” shape that is used to manipulate the fabric into a shape that will fit the...read more
While there are many pattern drafting techniques you can use to turn your simple slopers into flattering fashion, there are a few basic techniques that you’ll use over and over again. Two of the most fundamental and versatile techniques are dart manipulation via...read more
If you’re not familiar with the slash method (slash and spread or the slash and close), now’s the time to familiarize yourself! In the most basic sense, slash and spread is used to create fullness (or length) and slash and close reduces fullness (or length). Slash and...read more
Find out exactly what a pattern card is and why you need to be using one! What is a pattern card? Pattern card is a term used in the industry to describe a record of the pattern style. It will will contain a list of all of the pieces in the pattern set. It will also...read more
What do I mean when I say blending and trueing….Keep reading to find out more… What is blending and trueing? Blending and Trueing. Blending is the process of smoothing and shaping angular and curved lines on a seam to create a nice transition....read more