Monthly Archives: May 2016

Truth in Beta-testing

Yesterday a sewing pattern beta-tester asked this question in a FB group: “Is it customary to have to grade your own pattern down?” The pattern she was testing was too big in the  size she measured for, and when reporting … Continue reading

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What is a good age to start sewing?

By sheer coincidence, these two posts came on my Facebook feed yesterday: Jennifer Van Meter DeShazer (Jennuine Design), in her new sewing FB group, queried “How long have you been sewing and how did you begin?” My dear friend Robbin uploaded … Continue reading

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Pants Rise: Shape versus Size

Quick post: Sometimes you can see what’s happening with garment fit by playing with the paper pattern. I came across this free Baby Bloomer pattern on Craftsy this evening: There’s just about no shape/angle/curve/hook  to the front and back rises.   … Continue reading

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Alpha Testing: Measure, Walk, True

When a sewing pattern is released for sale, it has been  (hopefully) both Alpha and Beta tested: that means it has been tested by professionals and by amateurs.  You may have participated in Beta testing yourself, or read posts from … Continue reading

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Elastic Casings the Easy Way

  (Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/7pinedesign/7-pine-design/) What was your first apparel sewing project?  Chances are that it was an elastic-waist skirt, an elastic-waist pajama pant, or an elastic-neckline peasant dress: simple, un-fitted silhouettes with minimal pattern pieces. What was your least favorite step? … Continue reading

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Free Pattern: Bias-trim Pocket

Last week I was making the Brownie Goose  “Junie”  dress and decided I’d like to add pockets, and since I was already making bias tape for the dress, I made pockets trimmed with the bias tape: Rounded pockets are great because … Continue reading

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Best-Ever Bias-Tape How-To

(Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/7pinedesign/7-pine-design/) Some of the cutest sewing patterns  use bias-tape-trim: strips of fabric cut diagonal to the fabric selvedges.  Bias tape can be folded into binding, or stitched around cord to make piping. I love bias-tape-trim, but I’ve  struggled with the most … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: Brownie Goose “Junie”

My first Brownie Goose pattern!  Although I’ve purchased way too many pdfs over the past year, I still scan the new releases to see if there’s anything I “need”.  The “Junie” struck me as so very vintage-yet-fresh, simple-yet-clever….like something a … Continue reading

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A-line Skirt: “Slash-and-Spread” Method

…… In pattern drafting, you often want to add fullness to the shape of a pattern piece: The CORRECT way to add fullness is from WITHIN the pattern piece. The INCORRECT way is to tack on more to the OUTSIDE the … Continue reading

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