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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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  • 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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  • How To: Sewing a V-Neckline

    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!

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  • How To: Draft V-Neckline

    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.

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  • What Is? Calico, Toile, Muslin

    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.

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  • How To: Sew a Princess Seam

    Posted On March 18, 2018

    Learn how to sew Princess Seams in our latest YouTube tutorial. Take your sewing to the next level and sew professional looking princess seams with confidence. In this video Aneka share tips for stay-stitching Princess Seams, when you should stay-stitch and when you can ‘skip it’! As well as tips for attaching two opposite curves together, pressing […]

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  • How To: Draft Princess Seams

    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 […]

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  • What Is? Princess Seams

    Posted On March 13, 2018

    What exactly are Princess Seams and where do you find them on a garment? In our newest What Is? Tutorial we discuss Princess Seams and their placement on the front and back of a garment. Following this discussion we will be sharing tutorials on pattern cutting/drafting and sewing your own princess seams. Enjoy!

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