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Quick Tip: Cutting with Pattern Direction


Many fabrics have a so-called pattern direction. This means that a pattern/print dictates a certain direction for the fabric. When cutting it is therefore important to note that the individual pieces are placed on the fabric so that the finished part does not look wonky, but that it reproduces the pattern nice straight. Few beginner sewing enthusiasts dare to look at patterned fabrics, but with these sewing tips nothing stands in the way of your first patterned garment!

Quick Tip: Ruffle Update!


How does a masculine sweatshirt become a trendy feminine garment? By adding this detail… Turn a classic man’s sweatshirt into an oversize ‘It’ top with decorative ruffles.

Quick Guide to Cutting out Fabric!


The cutting layout shows the most economical position of the pattern pieces on the fabric to best utilize space with the least amount of waste! For many fabrics, the selvages are more tightly woven than the rest of the fabric, so we do not include the selvedges in the fabric calculation found on the pattern pages. If the fabric is folded, the right side of the fabric lies on the inside. If you need to cut with a simple layer of fabric, our cutting layouts always have the right fabric side facing up. Here we show different cutting layouts and explain what needs to be considered when cutting, so that the pieces can be cut AND sewn as best as possible…

Quick Tip: Repositioning Darts


Are they too high or too low? Here you can learn how to move darts to the right position…

Quick Tip: Sew Your Own Matching Belts!


A matching belt to your handmade garments is always a great choice and makes your outfit look extra professional and your waist cinched. Sewing your own belts is actually quite simple (and satisfying) and can be done a couple of different ways. Read on to see how you can add a belt to finished off your next project…

Quick Tip: Round Back Adjustment


If you have a more rounded back and the garments that you make pull at the back you may need to do round back adjustment on your bodice sewing patterns! Read more to see two different adjustments you can do if your bodice pattern already has a shoulder dart or not…

Quick Guide to 6 Hand Stitches You Need to Know!


Every sewists needs to do it, hand stitching… such as for sewing buttons, tacking facings, hooks and eyelets, and even entire hems and seams! Even when today almost all sewing is exclusively done with the machine, hand stitches are still key to know and need to be used. Especially when it comes to hand-sewn embellishments, and couture garments the hand stitches are particularly recommended. Read on to see 6 different hand stitches you should know (and how to sew them)…

Quick Tip: Sewing a Heart Ruffle for Oktoberfest!


This ruffle is well known to Dirndls – the heart ruffle. It is often used for decorating the neckline, but is also suitable for the decoration of costume accessories such as heart pockets or bags. Here we show how the heart ruffles are sewn just in time for Oktoberfest!

Quick Tip: Invisible Hem


If no stitches are to be seen from the right, the hem is invisible and needs to be sewn in a way for the hem allowance to be secured to the wrong side without any visible stitches! Read on to see how you can achieve this by hand and machine…

Quick Tip: Make a Flounce!


Flounces are decorative elements that can be found on numerous garments like skirts and blouses, but also on jackets and dresses! They give the garment a playful and romantic look and they are easy to sew. Here we show how flounces are sewn for BurdaStyle patterns and how they can be incorporated into your clothes.

Quick Tip: Cropped Hem


Here we show how a “cropped” hem is sewn. In this case, the method of whittling down a hem with tightly set zigzag stitches and is especially useful for cascades, frills and flounce hems.

Quick Tip: Sewing a Polo Placket Closure


If a blouse or a dress does not have a button closure all the way down to the hem, a polo closure is often incorporated to get in and out of the garment with ease (and not messing up your hair)! There are different types of polo closures, they can be sewn with two panels and also with a fabric strip or trimmings. We’ll show you how to sew a polo placket closure each way…

Quick Tip: Round Hem


You can find round hem shapes on everything from skirts to jackets, but there is a trick to sewing them! Read on to see…

Quick Tip: Appliqué 3 Different Ways


Appliquéing is a way of stitching on a garment or an accessory. This application is used, for example, in costume fashion to provide patches with traditional motifs. In our case, appliqués can decorate not only fashion clothing effectively for further adornment, but also decorate defective areas nicely – especially in children’s clothing. Motifs can either be bought as well as made from fabric scraps and can even be embroidered. Read on to see how appliqués can be made and applied…

Quick Tip: Sewing a Hip Pocket


Pockets are not only functional, but also a fashionable detail and should be sewn quite carefully. There are patch pockets, inseam pockets, pouch pockets, hip pockets, flap pockets and more! Read on to see how we show you in simple steps how to sew a hip pocket for either pants or a skirt.


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