Pant Alterations

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Pant alteration are very common for ready to wear garments, especially if you wear an in-between size. The best place to make a waist adjustment on a pair of jeans is at the center back. Check out the steps to complete a successful alteration to the waist and waistband.

Your Guide To Choosing The Right Needle And Thread

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Pre-fall fashion combines the best of both worlds when it comes to style options. You can still wear your pretty summer dresses and short-shorts, and then spice things up with a cool fall jacket or edgy leather boots. Everything goes with fabrics as well; from florals and sheers to plaids and faux fur. Check out this convenient needle and thread guide for sewing all kinds of fabrics!

Sewing Lesson: How to Make Overalls

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Here is an easy to follow sewing lesson for our Bootcut Overalls sewing pattern that debuted in our Prairie Darling pattern collection from the June 2014 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this overalls sewing pattern great for an edgy ‘back to school’ look.

How to Make a Crop Top

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Crop tops are all the rage right now in fashion, and the only thing better than a crop top is a crop top with matching high waisted skirt! I know I am seeing this style everywhere from the runway, to the street and on many celebrities. Since I really wanted to make a two piece dress (crop top and skirt), I documented all my drafting steps using our new fitted dress sloper as my base pattern. Check it out, and easily make one for yourself!

Introducing Basic Bodice and Skirt Slopers in Plus Sizes!

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We are excited to announce that we now offer our popular bodice and skirt slopers in plus sizes! Slopers are a great foundation and base for designing and creating your own sewing patterns that really fit your body and style. These slopers are designed to have minimal detail so that they can be easily manipulated through pattern making. Read more and get your copy of our fitting bodice and skirt slopers in regular or plus size.

Design and Make your own Patterns: Introducing Basic Dress Slopers!

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Ever wonder how to make a dress pattern? Well you need a starting point, and a dress sloper is just the thing. Unlike the bodice and skirt slopers, these dress slopers have no waistline seams so you can easily add panels and details to draft and sew your perfect dress! We are introducing two new dress slopers to our sloper library including the semi-fitting Basic Shift Dress Sloper, and our slim-fitting to the body Basic Fitted Dress Sloper

Sewing Lesson: Asymmetrical Jersey Dress 115 05/2014

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Here is an easy to follow sewing lesson for our Asymmetrical Jersey Dress sewing pattern that debuted in our Coconut Grove pattern collection from the May 2014 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this versatile cocktail dress.

How to Read a Ruler

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Reading a ruler can be difficult, especially when reading a ruler in inches! But we all know that in sewing and pattern making reading a ruler is crucial especially when adding on those seam allowances and making pattern alterations. Check out this handy diagram on all the ruler marks as well as a how-to on easily adding measurement fractions!

The Swimsuit Sloper: Now Available in PLUS size!

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We are excited to now offer our popular swimsuit sloper in plus sizes! This swimsuit sloper is a must have when drafting and making your own swimwear patterns, the possibilities are endless!

Tips For Sewing Fine Fabrics

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Recently we showed you some of the sheer styles we’ve been loving on the red carpet lately, which left some of you wondering… how can we sew them?! We admit: It’s easy to get swept away by the soft chiffons and shimmering sheers and forget all about the hard part! Sewing delicate fabrics can be a challenge, but these tips will have you tackling those tricky textiles in no time.

Design and Make your own Swimwear: Introducing the Swimsuit Sloper

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Previously and with great success we launched our Bodice and Skirt Slopers as well as our Pant Sloper. We love the aspect of transforming a basic template “sloper” and modifying it to make your own design. We developed this Swimwear Sloper to be easily adaptable. Transform it into a retro style maillot, a bikini, or an edgy one-piece with cutouts!

Sewing Lesson: Summer Boucle Coat 115C 06/2011

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Here is an easy to follow sewing lesson for our Summer Boucle Coat sewing pattern that debuted in our White Out pattern collection from the June 2011 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew summery coat.

Sewing Lesson: X Shawl Collar Top 105 04/2014

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Here is an easy to follow sewing lesson for our X Shawl Collar Top sewing pattern that debuted in our Paradise Found pattern collection from the April 2014 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this unique top.

How to Draft and Hem a Circle Skirt Pattern

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Circle skirts are one of my favorite styles… they’re so easy to wear and are ultra flattering. See how to draft your own made to measure circle skirt, and my trick for sewing the perfect hem!

Sewing Lesson: Drawstring Jacket 128 04/2011

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Here is an easy to follow sewing lesson for our Drawstring Jacket sewing pattern that debuted in our Freshly Cut pattern collection from the April 2011 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this blowsy windbreaker.

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