Blue Crop Top, and a Reader Question Answered

This top was finished hot on the heels of my pink cropped kimono sleeve top, but it has taken a little while to take photographs of it – finally here they are! I took the opportunity to use up some leftovers of a gorgeous lightweight cotton sateen that I used making this dress several years […]

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5 Sewing Tips for February

To mitre a corner, fold the hem allowances in like I have done on this sleeve pattern: The correct position of the mitre is now evident, running from outer corner to inner corner of the hem allowance. All you need to do is add a seam allowance to this seam and you are good to […]

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Industry Insights: Grading Season!

Some of you expressed an interest in hearing more about my ‘day job’.  This is something I have largely avoided on my blog because a lot of it is confidential, as you can probably understand!  There are snippets I can show you though, so here is the first in a series of occasional ‘Industry Insight’ […]

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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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Finished Dress – Check out that Tart in the Tartan!

Here it is: the dress-that-you-probably-already-know-what-it-looks-like-because-you’ve-seen-so-much-of-it-in-previous-posts! It’s a simple fitted dress with 3/4 sleeves and collar and cuffs in some fake leopard scraps that I recently rediscovered in my parents garage.  Someone in Australasia may still have an awesome tailored jacket made from this leopard tucked away in their wardrobe – I remember patterning and cutting […]

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