Exploring fabric painting

April 16, 2020

Hi, Jo here with some fun paint experiments. I've been playing around, and finally sewed something up. The pattern I used is Lola, our latest release. Click here to check out the pattern! It was the perfect choice for this project because it doesn't use too much fabric, and has nice simple design lines that show off the painting so well!

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How to underline a garment, plus some mistakes to avoid!

February 20, 2020

What is underlining? In short, underlining is a layer of fabric underneath your main fabric, that you treat as one with the main. With underlining, you essentially create your own 2-ply fabric. It's different to lining, as lining is like a separate unit that is only attached to the main in a few key areas.

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Fitting tips: Fix a tilting side seam

November 21, 2019

Today's tip is about fit. Does this look familiar? I deliberately set this mannequin up with the skirt fitting badly to illustrate a common problem - a tilting skirt.  So, let’s say your fit looks like this poor mannequin. What’s happening, and how do we fix it? 

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Pattern hack! How to create a hem flounce

November 14, 2019

Today I'm going to show you how to create a flounce for the hem of the Sabrina pencil skirt, although you can use this technique for any pattern!  If you haven't already got the Sabrina pencil skirt pattern, you can buy it here. It comes in three different fit styles for different body shapes!

The video has step by step instructions, so check that out first, but there are more details below if you need them! 

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How to grade between sizes

July 30, 2019

Today we'll be going over a very simple pattern alteration. It is totally normal to span a few different columns on the measurement chart. Everyone's body is unique! 

In the following example, we’ll go over changing the waistline.

Clementine is designed to follow the contours of the body, so let's play to its strengths and get a really great fit!

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How to deepen the cowl neck on Clementine

July 22, 2019

Today we're going to go over how you can customise the Clementine pattern to create a deeper cowl! This technique can also be used on any other pattern you like too, which is very exciting and gives you endless options for creating the cowl of your dreams. Read on for a full photo tutorial.

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How to make a Full Bust Adjustment on a princess seam

July 15, 2019

Today you will learn how to adjust the bust on the Clementine knit dress and top. This tutorial can also be used for other princess-seamed garments too!

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