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Finish With Flair! Embroidered Belt DIY

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Did you know that February is National Embroidery Month? It is, and we will be celebrating all month long! Here we show how to embroider a belt…Prepare the layers, place the design, embroider: An embroidered border design adds an extra touch of personalization to these Belted Trousers, read on to see the tutorial and get out that embroidery machine…

Quick Tip: Adjust Patterns for a Full Tummy

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Is the waistband too tight? Does the fabric stretch? You might need more fullness in the front. Learn how to quickly and easily adjust your pattern by reading on…

Quick Tip: Easily Update the Style of Your Pants

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Iron-on strips of leather are the detail of the hour. They give a sporty look and make any unspectacular pair of pants the right kind of eye-catcher. Also works for covering up holes/rips/stains in pants – just put a strip on it! Read on to see how…

Quick Tip: Upcycle a Shirt into a Girl's Dress!

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What to do with old men’s shirts? Throw away? Too bad! If the fabric is not just full of stains or moth holes, it can be sewn into a sweet-and-sweet girl’s dress. This sewing project is super-easy and ideal for men’s shirts that are no longer appealing, too big or too small, where the sleeves have holes or stains – these are cut away and not recycled. We’ve also decorated the dress with a potato print.

Quick Tip: Get Your Shoulder to Fit!

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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!

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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 Perhaps you found an outdated one in your closet with big shoulder pads?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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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…

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