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The reason behind “jumpy” pattern grading

September 2017: Re-Posting this because today I just read a simple comment in a FB group that explained so well, why patterns are sometimes graded so “jumpy”.  The question was “Can someone teach me about proper pattern grading.  I hear some people … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: Ikatee “Sakura”

Ikatee is a new-to-me French pattern line, designed by Stéphanie Godefroy.  I stumbled upon her business when I saw this Bohemian style that reminded me of the most comfortable dress I owned in the ‘seventies: I wasn’t familiar with the designer….turns out … Continue reading

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Are we Sewing Too Many of the Wrong Clothes?

When you sew all day, your mind has a chance to wander and wonder. Things that make me stop and THINK include the morning newspaper, stuff I read online, movies, music, videos….usually 2 or 3 different ideas combine to create … Continue reading

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What does Grading Quality tell you about Pattern Quality?

I hear this all the time: “Why should I care if a sewing pattern is graded well, as long as the size I’m making fits?” Plenty of people don’t care, obviously….since there are many inaccurately graded patterns out there, and … Continue reading

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Angel Gown Update: using Clear Patterns

Update from this previous post about making Angel Gowns: burial dresses for preemie infants: http://7pinedesign.com/charity-sewing-how-to-make-angel-gowns/ Sharing a studio with my daughter (when she’s not away at school!) lets us bounce creative  ideas  and challenges off each other.  The other day I … Continue reading

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“Shorty Shorts”: don’t cut that inseam TOO short!

According to the Wall Street Journal the other day, this is the summer of the Shorty Shorts https://www.wsj.com/articles/who-wears-short-shorts-not-my-daughter-1502295345  (sorry you may need an online subscription to read the full article). According to the story: This is the accompanying visual to the … Continue reading

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“Which pattern is this?”

There is a big difference between: Industrial patterns designed for the garment industry Commercial patterns designed for the home-sewing market …and it goes way beyond the topic of my last post about notches. Before I worked in the apparel industry, I … Continue reading

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Why are Pattern Notches Missing in PDF’s?

Why don’t (most) pdf patterns have notches? I grew up sewing with “The Big Four” paper patterns, moved on to Burda and Kwik-Sew, and they always had notches to help you put together the pieces correctly.  In design school, every … Continue reading

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Continuous Bias Tape using your Rotary Cutter

Yes you CAN make continuous bias tape without using scissors! Previously I’ve written about the most efficient method of laying out fabric for making your own homemade bias tape, with the fewest annoying seams; this time I’m sharing  a trick that … Continue reading

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Pattern Hack: how to make the Mini Romper Dress

If there’s one look that’s the epitome of “fresh vintage” for little girls, it’s the 1950’s short dress with full skirt: Originally these styles were designed as two-piece outfits: either a romper plus a wrap-skirt or a dress plus matching bloomer Recently … Continue reading

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