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Quick Tip: Get Your Shoulder to Fit!


Jackets and coats can be compensated with shoulder pads… but with thin tops it is better to adjust the shoulder of the patterns. Read on to see how to do it!

Quick Tip: Blazer Upcycle into Vest!


Old coats, jackets and blazers fashionably upgraded to a vest! Thrifted an old blazer? Perhaps you found an outdated one in your closet with big shoulder pads? What better to do than rip off the sleeves and transform your garment into a vest that is perfectly on trend and elevates any outfit. Grab your seam ripper and read on to get started…

Quick Tip: Round Bottom Adjustment


Unequal hem, warped side seam, folds? Here we show you how pattern adjustments are made on skirt and dress patterns. Read on to see how to do it, but note we do not give precise quantities, as they vary from person to person. With this adjustment, skirts, dresses and coats of all kinds can be adapted to your own bottom-size!

Quick Tip: Sew on a Push Snap Button!


With hand sewn push snap buttons, edges can be closed invisibly from the outside. These are useful in many garments, such as jackets, blouses or vests. When attaching press snaps, the fabric should always be double and reinforced with interfacing. Read on to see how to attach…

Quick Tip: Dyeing Your Fabric


Can’t find the particular color of fabric you want? Or perhaps you want to make your handmade garment extra special and personalized by hand dyeing your fabric to make it truly unique. Read on to see the various stages and steps of dyeing your own fabric.

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.


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