5 Sewing Tips for January

One of my goals is to learn at least one new thing every day. Once you get to a certain level in anything, it is easy to keep plodding along not learning anything new – and I don’t want that to happen to me. The ‘new thing’ doesn’t have to be a big thing, sometimes […]

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5 Sewing Tips for September

I’ve been participating in House of Pinhiero’s SewPhotoHop on Instagram this month, and one of the days focused on sewing tips.  As I searched my blog looking for something to put up I realised how many handy little one-liner tips are hidden within larger posts in my blog, never to be seen or heard of […]

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The Dior Dart

It is not often that you hear reference to Dior darts these days, but since a couple of dresses I’ve made recently have this design feature, let’s discuss! A Dior dart is a short bust dart that extends from a side front panel seam on the bodice, and it often occurs in fitted tops and […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #1 – Pattern Amendments – Outer Shell

Welcome to our first official RTW Tailoring Sewalong post!  By now hopefully you have your toile/muslin fitted, and any pattern alterations done.  If you are having any problems, post some photos in our Flickr pool or in the discussion board, and we’ll all do our best to give you helpful feedback.  And if you’re not […]

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Get Smart with Darts!

The dress I am making at the moment, Butterick 2669, has one of each of the main dart types – so time for more tricks of the trade – about darts!  Our flat pattern and fabric are only two dimensional, but with darts we introduce a third dimension so garments fit our body curves better. […]

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