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  • How To: Lower & Raise (Move) Darts

    Posted On May 21, 2018

    Learn how to move darts, both bust darts and contour darts to work with the position of your individual Bust Apex. In this tutorial I share tips for raising and lowering darts, as well as moving them closer or further away from the Centre Front of the garment (as required).

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  • How To: Sew a Contour Dart

    Posted On May 20, 2018

    Today’s tutorial shares tips and techniques for sewing a contour dart. Also known as a fish eye dart and/or double ended dart. In this tutorial Aneka share 2 different methods for sewing the dart, as well as tips on how to press and finish the dart.

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  • What Is? Contour Dart

    Posted On May 15, 2018

    Today’s What Is? video has launched on YouTube. Learn and understand the sewing term ‘Contour Dart’. A contour dart can also be known as a double-ended dart and fish eye dart. Stay tuned for Sunday’s video, where I share tips for sewing a contour dart.

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  • How To: Sew a French Dart

    Posted On May 13, 2018

    Learn tips and techniques for sewing a French Dart and/or Cutaway Dart in today’s YouTube tutorial. In this tutorial Aneka shares how to sew a dart, pressing tips and how to finish the fabric.

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  • How To: Measure YOUR Bust Apex

    Posted On May 10, 2018

    Learn how to take measurements to your bust apex and mark these details onto a dressmaking pattern. This will allow you to move the bust apex to the position that’s correct for your individual figure.

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  • What Is? French Dart

    Posted On May 8, 2018

    Understand the term French Dart in this week’s ‘What Is’ tutorial. Learn what they look like and where you would find a French Dart on a garment.

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  • How To: Find Bust Apex (Pattern)

    Posted On May 6, 2018

    Learn how to find a bust apex on a dressmaking pattern that doesn’t have one. This tutorial will show you how to work with a bodice that has a single dart, more than one dart and princess seams, to get as close as possible to the bust apex of the pattern. Finding the bust apex […]

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  • What Is? Bust Apex

    Posted On May 3, 2018

    In this weeks What Is? tutorial I cover the term Bust Apex | Bust Point. A simple but required term for future tutorials that I will be covering: Full Bust Adjustment, Small Bust Adjustment etc. Learn what the Bust Apex is and how to find it on your individual figure, or someone you are making […]

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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 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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