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How to Mark, Lay, and Sew Various Types of Pleats


Technique Spotlight

… “How do I prevent irregular pleats?”

“Mark the exact placement on fabric, and baste the pleats in place before you sew”… Read on to see the pleat process.

Alter Your Sewing Patterns with Design Rulers!

  Read on to see even more adjustments you can do to your sewing patterns with these rulers…

Sewing Hack: The Ruffler

Ruffles, ruffles, and more ruffles. The ruffler makes sewing ruffles quick and easy. Ruffles add a fun, breezy look to any garment! Try out this sewing hack with these patterns!

Sewing an Elastic Waist

  Read on to see more patterns compatible with this technique as well as how to draft your own elastic waist skirt.

3 Ways to Finish the Edges of Stretch Fabrics


Watch below to see 3 ways you can finish the edge of a stretch fabric. These techniques work especially well on spandex fabrics!

Jean Alterations


A friend came to me last week after she purchased a pair of vintage ripped denim jean cut offs and wondered if I could bring in the waistline and fix a little hole on the corner of the back pocket. Of course I said yes, and I took pictures along the way for this tutorial! Check out how I altered the waistline of her jeans I (the quick way) and patched the hole with what I could find already in my studio.

How to Sew a Faced Slit Opening

Read on to see how you can implement this technique into your sewing routine…

How to Sew a Pleated Yoke


Last week’s Pattern of the Week was our Drop Waist Dress that features this lovely pleated yoke detail along the neckline. Check out this tutorial on how to sew the intricate pleated yoke.

Sewing Hack: Binding With a Glue Stick

How to Sew a Centered Zipper


I feel as though as soon as I learned how to sew an invisible zipper, I kinda exclusively sewed those in my projects. But I remember way back when I started to sew, I first learned how to sew a centered zipper before any other type of zipper! I do run into issues from time to time when I have a thicker fabric or I just have no invisible zippers lying around and I want to finish my project right then. Read on to see the video on how to sew a centered zipper, for me this was a great refresher!

Gathered Sleeve Pattern: How-To


Are you sick and tired of making the same pattern with a basic sleeve over and over again? Why not add some fullness and gathers to the sleeve pattern to give your garment a new twist! Watch the video below to see how to take a basic sleeve pattern and make it have gathers along the sleeve crown. This technique gives your sleeve a puffed sleeve look. You can even bring up the hem of the sleeve to make it a short sleeve pattern with gathers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to pattern making.

Make your own T-Shirt for National Serger Month!


Hi there BurdaStylers, April is National Serger Month! A couple of weeks ago in honour of this special month I first made a pair of spandex leggings, and for this serger project I made a cool T-shirt with a crochet fabric back (disclaimer: I did not crochet the back, I purchased it already crocheted). Read on to see all my steps in making this summery top!

How to Draft a Cowl Neckline in One Minute


Watch to see how I drafted a cowl neckline on a basic bodice pattern. This technique is great to use on any top or dress sewing pattern that has an existing jewel or basic neckline, and either meant for knit or woven fabrics! For this video I used our basic Bodice Sloper pattern.

3 Tips for Working with Vintage Sewing Patterns


Sewing as a hobby has been around for many, many years. Did you know that the first tissue sewing pattern was made in 1863? Vintage sewing patterns are very nostalgic and give us a glimpse into past generation’s styles. You can find vintage sewing patterns just about about anywhere like thrift shops, online, and my personal favorite place to find them… rummage sales! I have even dug through my grandmother’s old pattern stash for inspiration. These patterns may be fabulous and retro… but they have been around the block and need extra special attention when working with them. Read this post on my top 3 tips for working with vintage sewing patterns.

Make your own Leggings for National Serger Month!


If you didn’t already know, April is National Serger Month! So in honour of this special month (because I love sewing with sergers) I decided to sew up a pair of leggings which are in my opinion the best thing that you can sew purely on a serger. Check out the post to see how I created these versatile leggings.


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