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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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  • How To: Sewing a Facing

    Posted On February 8, 2017

    Made To Sew: How To: Sewing Facing 2

    Sewing a facing onto a garment neckline can be a tricky task, especially if you want to achieve a perfect and professional join across the top of a zip at the centre back. In my latest video and blog post I share the tips and techniques that I teach in my classes. Link to YouTube video.  […]

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  • What is? A Facing

    Posted On February 1, 2017

    The term facing can be slightly confusing for a novice dressmaker. What does it mean? Where is this pattern piece going? What do I do to it? Why does it need interfacing? The questions continue.. In this short and sweet YouTube tutorial I aim to show you a few examples of facings and where you […]

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  • Threading Needle: Double Thread

    Posted On January 30, 2017

    Check out our most recent YouTube tutorial and learn the method I use to thread a needle with a double thread. I personally use a double thread through my needle when completing a lot of hand sewing for strength and security. This method helps to prevent the thread from tangling and getting twisted around the needle, […]

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  • How To: Sewing Hook & Eyes

    Posted On January 25, 2017

    Made To Sew: How To: Sewing Hook & Eyes 1

    Whether you are sewing a hook & eye that has fallen off a high street garment or attaching one to a newly made project I wanted to share the technique I use for a neat and secure finish. What is a hook & eye? Hook and eyes are two small fasteners made from either wire […]

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  • How To: Insert a Sleeve

    Posted On January 22, 2017

    Made To Sew: How To: Insert a Sleeve 1

    Inserting sleeves can be a tricky part of dressmaking to master, so I wanted to launch a blog and YouTube tutorial that explained the method I use. Hopefully you will find this useful and learn a few tips and techniques to improve your sewing. We are going to be working with a one piece sleeve […]

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