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Sew & Match Patterned Fabric

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

Pattern Match Fabric

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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)

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

How To: Interline / Underline

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

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 zi...

What Is? A Facing

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 ...