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  • How To: Lengthen & Shorten a Pattern

    Posted On September 20, 2017

    Find out how to lengthen and shorten a dressmaking pattern. Where you should be adding or removing length and how to blend the edges of the pattern back together after making adjustments. Learn more in our latest YouTube Tutorial. Any questions let me know. Aneka x

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  • How to: Grade a Pattern

    Posted On September 17, 2017

    What do you do if your measurements are smaller or larger than the pattern you are working with? How do you grade the pattern to increase or decrease the size? In this YouTube Tutorial I share tips for grading a pattern using the pattern companies grading rules already used in the pattern. I hope you […]

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  • How to: Choose the right size pattern?

    Posted On September 13, 2017

    What do you need to think about when choosing the right size dressmaking pattern for your individual measurements? What happens if your measurements are in-between two different sizes and how do you blend between different sizes at the Bust, Waist and Hip? All of these details and more are explained in our latest YouTube Tutorial. […]

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  • How To: Measure Yourself

    Posted On September 10, 2017

    Learn how to take basic measurements required for dressmaking in our latest YouTube tutorial. On a model we cover details on how to measure your Bust, Waist, Hip, Back Length and Bicep. The first measurements you will need to refer to when working with a dressmaking pattern.

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  • How To: Finish top of Invisible Zipper

    Posted On August 5, 2017

    Learn how to finish the top of an invisible zipper in a professional manner with our latest YouTube Tutorial. In this tutorial we demonstrate how to finish the top of an invisible zipper with a facing to create a professional finish. Enjoy!

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  • Hello Copen… (shift dress/top)

    Posted On July 11, 2017

    Say hello to Copen, a FREE dressmaking pattern for a simple shift dress or top. Available to download from our website for FREE!  Copen is a simple yet stylish shift dress or top. With a classic neckline, bust darts and optional waist darts, Copen is quick to make and easy to personalise. It is a […]

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  • How to: Interline / Underline

    Posted On June 28, 2017

    You’ve found the perfect fabric, it’s the right colour and the print is to die for. But, it’s a silk chiffon and you want to make a structured shift dress. Is it possible to use a fabric that wouldn’t normally work and how do you achieve a professional result? The answer is interlining or underlining. […]

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  • Make Easter Eggs

    Posted On April 14, 2017

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    Continue the Easter theme and make these Easter Eggs, perfect for hanging on trees and decorating your home. A great way to use up scraps of fabric. Watch the corresponding YouTube tutorial – click here! For this tutorial you will need: – Fabric – Wadding (optional) – Ribbon – Thread – Template (download for FREE – click […]

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  • Make Easter Birds

    Posted On April 10, 2017

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    Learn how to make these cute birds in time for Easter. Make in your choice of fabrics, a great way to use up scraps! Follow our detailed YouTube tutorial to learn how: Link! Start by collecting the materials that you will need to create the decorations: – Fabric – Wadding (optional) – Ribbon (for hanging) […]

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  • DIY Leather Purse (Bow)

    Posted On March 19, 2017

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    Hopefully you have seen the tutorial for creating either the plain or frill leather purses and want to know how to take your sewing further and learn how to design and make one of these bow purses. Plain Leather Purse: Blog / YouTube Frill Leather Purse: Blog / YouTube Bow Leather Purse: YouTube As with […]

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  • DIY Leather Purse (Frill)

    Posted On March 15, 2017

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    As part of the series of leather purses I wanted to share the techniques for a purse with a frill feature on the front. If you are new to sewing leather, or if you want to brush up on your techniques and learn basic purse construction I recommend that you read the plain purse blog […]

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  • DIY Leather Purse (Plain)

    Posted On March 9, 2017

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    Make one of these cute purses and learn techniques for sewing and working with leather. In the latest YouTube tutorial I share tips for sewing leather and the step by step construction of one of these purses. This blog post and corresponding tutorial work with a plain leather purse. Next week I will share a new tutorial and […]

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