The Making of a Cut Out Dress using the Janome Artistic Cutter

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Janome sent me one of their Artistic Edge Digital Cutters, and wow! It is such a great tool to have in your studio, the possibilities are indeed endless. I wanted to use the equipment to make an edgy “laser-cut” look dress with pleather, and it turned out better than I could have imagined. Check out this cutter in action and how I assembled my dress.

Learn How To Draft A Notched Collar!

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Why not bundle up this winter in your very own designs? Grab your bodice slopers or even make your own and check out this step-by-step guide for drafting one of the most popular collar styles for jackets and coats!

How to Make an A Line Skirt

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Easily draft and modify any of your basic pencil skirt patterns to a new silhouette! Watch the free video for a pattern drafting tutorial on how to transform a pencil skirt pattern into a flowy A-line skirt pattern.

Top 10 Silk Patterns + Sewing with Silks Tips

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Thursday’s web seminar is devoted to sewing with silks. Shop some of the best selling silk patterns from BurdaStyle and start making the most of this luxury fabric!

Draft Yourself a Paneled Pair of Leggings with our Sloper

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Leggings are one of my favorite things to make, I started making them straight out of fashion school in all sorts of fun prints and panels. I wanted to share how I utilize our legging sloper to make a cool and edgy pair of leggings!

WARNING: Once knowing how to make leggings, you will not be able to stop. You will constantly buy tight and bright lycra fabrics and panel all sorts of them together in cool style lines. They will also be the only type of pant you will want to wear, because they are so comfortable and people will always compliment them. So keep a sketch book close at all time because you will always be thinking of new legging ideas!

Look Your Best In Professionally Tailored Garments

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There’s nothing worse than spending hours sewing yourself a gorgeous garment, only to realize that the final fit is less than flattering. As most of you know, there is much more to professional tailoring than shortening a hem or taking in side seams. Here are a few of the many tailoring guidelines you can use to improve the overall look and fit of your garments… plus a sneak peek into Meg’s upcoming Tailoring Course!

Introducing Knit Slopers: Top/Dress and Legging Sloper

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I am so excited to announce the release of our new knit sloper! We have added two new slopers to our expanding sloper pattern collection so you can easily build up your sloper library and design and draft your own stylish sewing patterns. These slopers are meant for those sewers who enjoy sewing with knits whether it be spandex, jersey, sweater knit, fleece, the list goes on!

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!

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