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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.

Pattern and Alteration: How to Make common Sleeve Alterations

In this post learn the most common sleeve alterations that I’ve seen in my practice and teaching to help you get a better fit and proportion for your sewn sleeves. You will not only need to know how to reduce fullness and shorten them at times, but when working with a sewing pattern, you might need to add or reduce sleeve ease if you are struggling to set your sleeve properly. There is a specific formula that helps you know the exact amount of ease you need to set the sleeve, read more to follow along. 

Make YOUR mark! Learn How to use Silkscreen and Print Your Own Images

I know you must be thinking- how can I learn silkscreen in just one night within 2 hours? The way I learned silkscreen was in art school, and we had a vacuum sealed light table, we would emulsify the screens, expose the screens, wash them out with a power washer in the work room- It was a big ordeal. In this post, meet the thermofax machine, and how it can make screens in minutes. Then, I'll show you some cool things you can make with silkscreen. 

The Basic Smock Dress- Working with Japanese Patterns

I've got another great weekend project for you! This one is for sewists looking for design inspiration and a more advanced project to improve your skills. In this post, learn all about working with Japanese Patterns and what you need to look for when working with this type of design. I will show you my process of working with the pattern, how to make it fit, how I sewed its details and finishing. Read along and get the tips I use to make the process easy and efficient. 

How to Shorten your Sleeves

You don't have to be stuck rolling up your sleeves because every shirt you buy is too long. I know this is one of the most common yet, challenging alterations to tackle. But once you know how to do it, its so rewarding to get your shirts to be their proper proportion. In this tutorial, I'll teach you how to shorten your sleeves and rebuild your plackets and cuffs.

Can't Find the Fabric You Had in Mind? Learn How to Make your Own

I'm doing a Print and Patch Workshop in March that you don't want to miss. When you know how to print your own patterns, you are no longer limited by what you can find at the store. Learning how to print your own fabric opens you up to beautiful possibilities in your clothing, interior design, and quilting. In this post, get a sneak peak at the process and learn more about this beautiful and inspiring process.