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!
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, […]
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 […]
Posted On April 4, 2018
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 […]
Posted On March 27, 2018
Following on from our ‘How To: Draft V-Neckline’ video, in our newest tutorial we share tips and techniques for sewing a V-Neckline and attaching a facing. This short video shows our preferred method for sewing a V-neckline to create a professional looking garment, including tips for pressing, clipping, trimming and understitching. Enjoy!
Posted On March 22, 2018
Learn how to draft a V-neckline on your favourite garment! In this tutorial we work with our Copen pattern to show you how to amend the neckline and draft a V-neckline. You will be able to use these tips and techniques to amend any pattern or block and add another element to your garment.
Posted On March 21, 2018
Do you understand the terms ‘calico’, ‘toile’ and ‘muslin’? Should you make a sample garment? And how do you go about it? We answer all these questions in our newest ‘What Is’ Tutorial. Learn the terms and why you should consider making a sample garment for your next project.
Posted On March 16, 2018
Fancy learning some pattern drafting techniques? Watch our latest YouTube tutorial and learn how to draft princess seams for the shoulder and/or armhole. The tutorial shares tips for including or excluding the waist dart in the princess seams and how to manipulate the side dart out of the way. Aneka uses our Copen pattern as […]
Posted On February 28, 2018
Print? Plaid? Stripe? In our newest video we discuss what to consider when making a garment from a patterned fabric and the rules you need to apply when thinking about the placement and position of the pattern. This is Part 1 of 3 tutorials on how to best pattern match fabric when constructing a garment. […]
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 […]
Posted On February 1, 2016
Take your beginners dressmaking to the next level. Learn how to draft a waistband for the McCall’s Skirt 3830 pattern and introduce a lining. In this video we will be making Option E, showing you how to make a short skirt, with a self-drafted waistband and lining. If you would prefer to make this skirt […]
Posted On January 21, 2016
Learn beginners dressmaking tips and techniques following our tutorial for constructing the McCall’s Skirt 3830 pattern. In this video we will be making Option C, showing you how to make a skirt, insert and mitre a vent and attach a facing at the waistband. (If you are not working with this pattern, you will hopefully […]