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Pattern Review 3/6/13 3:23 PM
Self Drafted Pattern - 36468-1004
I am new to Home dec and this is one of my first attempts at making window dressings. It was rather intimidating at first but now that I have made a couple, I am feeling more confident on how to tackle them. This is in our bathroom which we just had remodeled. I went to a custom drapery shop and sa... more...
Pattern Review 3/6/13 3:34 PM
Self Drafted Pattern - 36468-1003 My original wedding gown
I'm getting married!!!! To the greatest and most handsome man. AND I'm making my own dress and pattern. It's a design in progress. Here is the beginnings and probably the most important part of the dress- the neckline! Decades ago, when I was a serious fashion design student, I picked up some sout... more...
Sewing Tip 11/19/10 10:58 AM
pinning/cutting difficult fabric
Using long dritz pins that are about 2 inches and weaving them in and out the pattern piece and fabric edge works when trying to cut out difficult fabric, like knits, that likes to dance instead of just sit there. Use a lot of pins so that almost all the edges are pinned down. Yes, it's alot of w... more...
Sewing Tip 9/18/10 3:52 AM
Learning pattern drafting from patterns
If you are interested in pattern alterations try studying a pattern you already have. (Not all are perfectly drafted but you can still learn from them). Usually your back pattern piece is larger than your front but by how much? See how much deeper the center front point at the hemline is than your... more...
Sewing Tip 9/18/10 3:45 AM
The goal to hemming a garment is that it is parallel to the floor. It's not enough to cut straight across a garment to a get a straight hemline. When fabric goes over the bustline it takes up more fabric so if you are large busted, you may end up with a high-in-the-front hemline because fabric is b... more...

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