Early Fair Fit Projects and Runway Collections

Early Fair Fit Projects and Runway Collections

In this week’s article, I’ll show you the first project that I developed to create a new experience in a fashion designer and client collaboration that taught me how to balance input and criticism in fashion, and reasons why some people love a design, and why they sometimes don’t. 

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Learning Fit and Fairness in My First Collections

Learning Fit and Fairness in My First Collections

This process of dressing other people made me aware of how fair relationships with clothing and fashion can be formed, and it shaped my perspectives into "fair fit" and "fair fashion". In this post, learn how starting a fashion business shapes your perceptions of clothing and fit and they relate to individual feelings and expression.

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Pattern and Proportion: How to Measure Your Pattern for Correct Size and Alterations

Pattern and Proportion: How to Measure Your Pattern for Correct Size and Alterations

Today I want to share with you some principles and initial steps to take in the beginning with your sewing pattern that will help you avoid sewing up a garment that doesn't fit. In this article, you will learn how to measure the pieces of your pattern, before you cut it, to increase your likely hood of a successfully sewn garment.

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What does "Fair Fit" Really Mean?

What does "Fair Fit" Really Mean?

When I created the name for my sewing studio, I meant for “Fair Fit” to house many examples of fair fashion, beyond the “fit” of clothing. Please read along, in this 6 part series I’ll discuss how in my professional experience I found fairness and became more empowered with clothing, fit, and working as a fashion designer.

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Patternmaking 101 : How Do I Start Making my Own Patterns?!

Patternmaking 101 : How Do I Start Making my Own Patterns?!

In this comprehensive article on the skill of patternmaking, I'll sketch out the learning process, the ideal aptitudes in the maker, the skills, the timeframe, and the critical thinking skills you will need in order to really be a good pattern maker. This article will help you determine if learning this skill really solves your problems, or if you can take another approach that gets you to your desired outcome more easily. 

In the free workbook included with this post, I’ll introduce you to how a patternmaker looks at a design, so that you can understand the conceptual process I’ve used in my own work and with our students. Whether or not you are going to be drafting your own patterns, or interpreting commercial patterns, this workbook will help you look at patterns from a different perspective and how they serve you in design.

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Bring Fashion Design to Your Life!

Bring Fashion Design to Your Life!

How are interior architects and designers creating remarkable homes, and how does it relate to fashion design in your own life? In this article, let's explore the similarities between the design of home, lifestyle, and interior space and how it can inspire your own clothing design practice and bring fashion design to your daily life and creative practice.

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5 Lessons Learned from Building a Creative Business in 2016

5 Lessons Learned from Building a Creative Business in 2016

I’ve heard it said, creating your own business is like the biggest exercise in self development you can take on. In this post, I want to share with you some of the key lessons, situational takeaways, and solutions to problems that I learned in 2016 while growing a creative business. Because building a business is a creative act, just like building a shirt, building a wardrobe, building a family, relationship, or friendship. Its an act of making, and I feel like a lot of these lessons are helpful even if you aren’t running a small business yourself. They apply to any creative thinker, project or endeavor. People email me and tell me, “Hey Andrea, you know how to get things done.” Well, trust me, I’m not special or have some secret super power (magic wand). I have strategies. Let’s dig into some of those today :)

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8 Lessons Learned from Building a Self Sewn Wardrobe

8 Lessons Learned from Building a Self Sewn Wardrobe

Have you been thinking of sewing your own self sewn wardrobe this year? SAVE yourself from some of the frustrations I encountered. In this post I share key ah-has, takeaways, pitfalls and lessons I learned this year as I sewed all of my own clothing. 

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How to Sew Cuffs

How to Sew Cuffs

In this written and video lesson, we are going to take a look at building a cuff, and then placing it on the sleeve in a one step sewing application method. Read the written tutorial and for those of you who learn better by watching videos and pausing to practice the steps, in this post there's a step by step video lesson. 

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How to Set and Sew Sleeves

How to Set and Sew Sleeves

In today's written and video lesson, I walk you through how I build my sleeves for tailored garments. Read the written tutorial and for those of you who learn better by watching videos and pausing to practice the steps, there's a video lesson you can get watch and keep for while you practice. 

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How to Sew a Fly Zipper

How to Sew a Fly Zipper

Fly zippers are a popular tutorial request when I am with my private lesson students. Even though they are pretty simple, some pattern instructions can make them seem so complicated that I always have to consult the method that I learned from my favorite sewing book. 

In this written and video tutorial, I will walk you step by step through the process of sewing a fly zipper in a fast and easy method.  

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How to Sew a Collar

How to Sew a Collar

Collars frame the face and neck, which makes them a focal point on your garment. They make or break a shirt, and if you want your collars to look professional and polished, they take some practice. 

The method I am sharing with you today came from a seamstress who shared it with me to speed up the production of sewing multiple shirts. Its a real cheat, because unlike most collar techniques, once you have it constructed, you pop it on and sew it all in one step!

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How to Sew Darts

How to Sew Darts

In today's video lesson and written tutorial, we are going to take a look at how to transfer the dart accurately and quickly from the pattern, and then how to fold it to make sure its sewn accurately. And of course, we are going to sew the dart.

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How to Sew an Invisible Zipper

How to Sew an Invisible Zipper

In this video and written tutorial, I'm sharing with you the technique I use every time to put in an invisible zipper. I used to HATE THEM, but now I use invisible zippers almost exclusively on all of my clothes. Click through to watch and learn!

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How to Sew Flatlining

How to Sew Flatlining

Do you have a dress that needs a lining, but you just know is going to be difficult to create a lining? 

I have been working on a dress that has a mock button down shirt built into the bodice, and the curvature of the way it sits, and the way the collar, placket, and shoulders are supposed to exist in the final garment makes it impossible to fully line the bodice. 

In today’s video and written tutorial, I will teach you flatlining, a quick and easy way to line a difficult garment. Click through to watch and learn!

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