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  • How To: Draft a Cut-Away Dart

    Posted On April 20, 2018

    Learn how to reduce dart bulk and create professional looking darts in this week’s pattern cutting tutorial. In this short video we share tips for creating a cut-away dart and how to add seam allowance to a dart. Enjoy!

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  • How To: Finish Outside Edge of Facing

    Posted On April 16, 2018

    Learn some tips for finishing the outside edge of a facing in our newest tutorial! Aneka share’s her expert tips for finishing the outside edge of a facing. Although a minor issue, if you want a perfect, professional looking garment, tiny finishing touches like this matter. This is the technique Aneka uses for her facings, […]

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  • How To: Draft a Facing

    Posted On April 13, 2018

    Learn how to draft a facing for your favourite necklines. Whether you have amended the neckline of a pattern or want to change the construction techniques to sew a facing you will need to draft a facing. In this tutorial Aneka shares tips and techniques for drafting a variety of facing pattern pieces. You could […]

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  • How To: True | Truing Sleeves

    Posted On April 11, 2018

    Learn more about ‘truing’ and understand how to ‘true’ your sleeve pattern pieces to match the garment pattern pieces. How to accurately measure curves and what to do if you have a discrepancy. Before you true your sleeves, you need to make sure you have trued all of the seams together and also trued any […]

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  • How To: True | Truing Seams

    Posted On April 8, 2018

    Learn how to true your seams. Seams need to be trued after you have made any amendments to a pattern, be it an already existing pattern or a block/sloper that you are drafting from. You need to check the stitching lines of the patterns to check that the seams are the same length, and you […]

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  • How To: True | Truing a Dart

    Posted On April 5, 2018

    If you make any changes to an already existing pattern, or draft your own pattern from scratch you should true the darts to make sure that the garment will sew together properly and accurately. The dart legs need to be the same length and the bulk of the dart should be folded in the correct direction, so that when […]

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  • What Is? Truing | True (Pattern Cutting)

    Posted On April 5, 2018

    Learn and understand the terms ‘Truing’ or to ‘True’ a dart / seam in today’s What Is? tutorial. I share tips for understanding the terminology and why you always need to make sure you ‘True’ your darts and seams. Later on this week I will be sharing videos on how to ‘True’ darts and seams. […]

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  • Pattern Matching Tips

    Posted On April 4, 2018

    Made to Sew - Franca

    Are you struggling with pattern matching your fabric? Or just want to learn a new skill to create some stunning garments? Learn how to pattern match with our latest series of tutorials alongside some of our pattern matching projects for a little fashion inspiration! Intro To: Pattern Matching – In the first tutorial we discuss what […]

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  • How To: Dart Manipulation

    Posted On April 2, 2018

    Want to know how to move darts to a new location in a pattern? Learn basic pattern cutting techniques and improve your understanding? Then check out our latest tutorial on dart manipulation. Learn how to manipulate darts around a pattern, be it a block/sloper or a pattern that you love. Start designing your own patterns today!

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  • What Is? Dart Manipulation

    Posted On March 31, 2018

    Understand the term Dart Manipulation in our latest ‘What Is?’ tutorial. Learn about dart manipulation and what you can achieve by using dart manipulation in your pattern cutting.

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  • A little inspiration for Easter…

    Posted On March 30, 2018

    How to Make Easter Chicks _ Birds

    Making gifts or decorations this Easter? In need of a little inspiration? Join us, and learn how to sew these cute hanging birds or Easter eggs. Perfect for decorating your Easter tree or home, download the pattern for free here. You will need: – Fabric – Wadding – Ribbon – Stuffing (100% Polyester) – Thread – Embroidery floss or beads/buttons […]

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  • What Is? Darts

    Posted On March 28, 2018

    Understand the basics of darts. Why they are needed on a garment, where you will find them and what they look like in our latest ‘What Is?’ tutorial. We also discuss dart terminology that will be useful in future pattern cutting lessons. If you are looking for help sewing professional looking darts, watch this video.

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