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Find out what we have been getting up to and our thoughts on everything sewing. Learn new skills and techniques with our free instructions and YouTube tutorials.

Full Bicep Adjustment

17th June 2018

Learn how to increase the bicep area on a sleeve pattern in today’s tutorial. I share tips for measuring the bicep on a mannequin and on mysel...

How To: Small Bust Adjustment

12th June 2018

Learn how to do a Small Bust Adjustment (SBA) in this tutorial. In this lesson I discuss what size pattern to choose and how much to remove from the p...

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What Is? Small Bust Adjustment?

7th June 2018

Learn what a SBA is, understand the term Small Bust Adjustment and whether you might need to do a Small Bust Adjustment on garments you are making. In...

How To: Full Bust Adjustment

29th May 2018

Learn how to do a Full Bust Adjustment in this week’s tutorial. In our basic FBA tutorial Aneka will share tips for choosing the right size pattern,...

What Is? Full Bust Adjustment?

29th May 2018

Have you heard of the term FBA – Full Bust Adjustment? Are you unsure if you need to do an FBA on your garment? In this What Is? tutorial, I discuss...

Lower & Raise (Move) Darts

25th May 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 r...

How To: Sew a Contour Dart

25th May 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 Anek...

What Is? Contour Dart

25th May 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 doubl...

How To: Sew a French Dart

25th May 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,...

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Measure Your Bust Apex

25th May 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 p...

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What Is? French Dart

25th May 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....

How To: Find Bust Apex

25th May 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 singl...

What Is? Bust Apex

25th May 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...

Draft a Cut-Away Dart

25th May 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 c...

Finish Outside Edge of Facing

25th May 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...

How To: Draft a Facing

25th May 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 techni...

How To: True | Truing Sleeves

25th May 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 an...

How To: True | Truing Seams

8th April 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/slo...

How To: True | Truing a Dart

5th April 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 gar...

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What Is? Truing | True

5th April 2018

Learn and understand the terms ‘Truing’ or to ‘True’ a dart / seam in today’s What Is? tutorial. I share tips for unders...

Pattern Matching Tips

4th April 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 w...

How To: Dart Manipulation

2nd April 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...

What Is? Dart Manipulation

31st March 2018

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

What Is? Darts

28th March 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?’...

How To: Sewing a V-Neckline

27th March 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 at...

How To: Draft V-Neckline

22nd March 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 d...

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What Is? Calico, Toile, Muslin

21st March 2018

Do you understand the terms ‘calico’, ‘toile’ and ‘muslin’? Should you make a sample garment? And how do you go ab...

How To: Sew a Princess Seam

18th March 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 co...

How To: Draft Princess Seams

16th March 2018

Fancy learning some pattern drafting techniques? Watch our latest YouTube tutorial and learn how to draft princess seams for the shoulder and/or armho...

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What Is? Princess Seams

13th March 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...

Pattern Match Invisible Zipper

12th March 2018

For the final video in our series of pattern matching tutorials, we share tips for sewing an invisible zipper into a seam whilst matching a patterned...

Sew & Match Patterned Fabric

9th March 2018

Continuing on the theme of pattern matching fabric we created a tutorial (number 3 in the series) sharing tips for sewing the patterned fabric togethe...

Pattern Match Fabric

4th March 2018

Here is Part 2 of our Pattern Matching series. In this tutorial we show you how to cut out your fabric and achieve a pattern match in as many seams as...

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Intro To: Pattern Matching

28th February 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 wh...

Lengthen & Shorten a Pattern

20th September 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 ba...

How To: Grade a Pattern

17th September 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 ...

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Choose the right size pattern?

13th September 2017

What do you need to think about when choosing the right size dressmaking pattern for your individual measurements? What happens if your measurements a...

How To: Measure Yourself

10th September 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,...

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Top of Invisible Zipper

5th August 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 t...

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Hello Copen… (shift dress/top)

11th July 2017

Say hello to Copen, a free dressmaking pattern for a simple shift dress or top. Download here: Copen Shift Dress & Top. Copen is a simple yet sty...

How To: Interline / Underline

28th June 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 ...

How To: Sewing a Facing

8th February 2017

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 z...

What is? A Facing

1st February 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 ...

Threading: Double Thread

30th January 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 throug...

How To: Sewing Hook & Eyes

25th January 2017

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 techn...

How To: Insert a Sleeve

22nd January 2017

Inserting sleeves can be a tricky part of dressmaking to master, so I wanted to launch a blog and YouTube tutorial (How To: Insert a Sleeve) that expl...

Sewing Machine Presser Feet

18th January 2017

I have had a number of requests for a tutorial on the different presser feet and when you should use them. In our corresponding YouTube tutorial (The ...

Box Pleat & Inverted Box Pleat

15th January 2017

I have a fondness for pleats, I love the texture and depth they bring to an item whether it be a dressmaking project, home furnishings or other access...

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What Is… A Walking Foot

25th February 2016

Learn more about a walking foot and when you should use it with our latest YouTube video. What is a walking foot? A walking foot is a bulky presser fo...

Sewing Tips: How To Pin Fabric

16th February 2016

With a variety of pins available for dressmaking and sewing projects it can be confusing deciding which to purchase and use. In this video we talk abo...