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Pattern Making, back to the basics series. An in depth review of everything you need to know to get started today!
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. Trueing...read more
Most patterns that you purchase will include the seam allowance, which means you don’t need to alter the pattern in any way. You just cut around the pattern and start sewing. However, if you are making your own pattern pieces or wish to alter an existing...read more
What are seam allowances? Keep reading to find out more… Before we dive in too deep into the pattern making fundamentals series, let’s first discuss seam allowances. Seam allowances Seam allowance is the excess fabric that you see on the inside seams of...read more
My top 5 must have pattern making tools. Dotted Marking Paper Dotted marking pattern paper is a great tool to get you started creating your own patterns. You need paper and trust me…you will go through a lot of it. You can use kraft paper and oak tag once you...read more
Do you want your sewing projects to look professionally handmade? Check out these tips and tricks for more professional topstitching. What is topstiching? Topstitching can be a single row, or multiple rows of regular machine stitching that is placed on the outside of...read more
4 practical reasons why you need to master your sewing skills! There are so many reasons why you should master your sewing skills. If your going to sew, it’s worth doing it well, right? I’m going to tell you my top 4 practical reasons why you need to...read more
A look at vertical grainlines and marking and cutting sewing hacks! Grainlines Key terms Lengthwise grain (straight of grain) The lengthwise grain of the fabric is parallel to the selvage edge of the fabric. The selvage is also known as the warp. Selvage edges are...read more