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Seam Allowance

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Traditionally home sewing patterns do not skimp on the seam allowances. Don’t quote me on it, but I believe this stems from keeping the fit alterable. This is a good feature to have, especially if your weight fluctuates and you need to add or reduce the width. However, when it comes to the finished project, sometimes things just have a tendency to look homemade, but you just cannot put your … Read More →

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Laboring on Labor Day

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Here in the US we celebrate the last days of summer and celebrate social and economic achievements with a three day weekend. I always look forward to these long weekends as prime opportunity to get some serious sewing in. Unfortunately that never really happens in my universe. This weekend has proven par for the course as I use the time for research, organization and re-development. The good news is SBCC … Read More →

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Is sewing just a trend?

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The popularity of indie fabric and notion stores, plus pattern designers, is at an all time high. Now more than ever the options and styles available are closer to ready to wear and more understandable for all skill levels. I think back to my grandmothers days where sewing during the Depression was a way of life to put clothes on your back and showcase the trends that were not available … Read More →

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Patternmaking: How to Increase the Muscle

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step-4We all have areas that we like to cover up and those areas are generally fuller than we would like. Upperarms and biceps are a constant woe and not all patterns are made to accommodate this. If this sounds like you, check out my suggestions below on how to modify the pattern.Step 1) Check the muscle of the body measurements and finished garment measurements to determine how much you will … Read More →

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Petite Alterations: Necklines are Too Low

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necklines-are-too-lowNow I am not a prude, but I feel that my bra gets a lot more viewing time when it comes to scoopneck tops. The necklines are just low enough that there is usually some peekage. So should you buy the garment that is just a little lower than you would like? Sure, but make sure you purchase a coordinating cami to go underneath. The fact of the matter is … Read More →

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