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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
Stitches are a integral part of sewing. Every seamstress should master these eight sewing stitches. Let’s take a closer look at the top 8 sewing stitches you should know. 8 Basic sewing stitches every seamstress should master Straight Stitch What is a straight...read more
Knits are some of the most popular fabrics for many reasons. Knits are versatile, comfortable and they stretch(!), making them highly popular! I don’t know about you, but…I sure do love my sweats! Before I reveal the ONE thing you NEED to know, let’s...read more
Learn the six simple steps to draft a custom fit bodice pattern block! Why custom pattern blocks? If you are interested in making clothing tailored to your body, learning how to draft a set of custom fitting pattern blocks is a must! If it seems like it is to...read more
Do you set yourself up to be successful or for failure when planning a sewing project? Learn 7 ways to better prepare for your next sewing project. It happens, we are all get into a hurry to finish sewing something! But, I believe that if we set ourselves up for...read more