Pattern making

One hour skirt, no pattern required

Want to make a fast and easy skirt without a pattern? Follow these few steps and you can be wearing your one-of-a-kind skirt in about an hour. Click the image to see a larger version. If you want to keep this image, just “right” click it with your mouse and save the image to your…

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The Next Textile Makerspace could be located in Elgin, IL

Maker spaces are popping up all over the country. I am attracted to this concept like a bee to a flower. There are so many things to explore in a makerspace that a creative person would never get bored. Not familiar with Makerspace? In simple terms, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine  equipment, community,…

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How to measure yourself

Learning to sew clothing requires body measurements. Some of them are a little difficult to do on your own…or are they? Check out this video which shows you that it is entirely possible to get all the right measurements without a sewing buddy. No more excuses ladies! Get the right measurements so that you can…

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Using Sure Fit Designs in the classroom

Many of my readers and customers know that I recently invested in the Sure Fit Designs system. The unique system can solve many of the common issues home sewers face when working with commercial patterns. (Commercial patterns are ones that you purchase from any retail store) Most patterns need to tweaked to fit and most patterns…

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I want to draft my own patterns

I want to draft my own patterns Sewing is a process that continues to challenge me both in my personal sewing and in my business. Although I have sewn many different items over the years; learned many sewing techniques and tricks which I share with my students regularly I don’t ever claim to know them…

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Sure Fit Designs Bodice

In the previous post, “My Sure Fit Designs Experiences” I talked about the process I went through to make a skirt sloper from the Dress kit. In this article I am going to talk about my bodice making experiences. The bodice which if combined with the skirt sloper will allow me to create a dress (hence…

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Why do I need to make a sloper?

If you read my last post (found here) you would know that I recently purchased my first pattern making kit from Sure Fit Designs to create custom fit clothing. Something that has been difficult for me to do in the past. I stated in that post that I would be writing a series of posts sharing my experiences…

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