All tagged sewing 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.

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. 

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. 

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.