Category Archives: How To

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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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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Quicker Fix for Coachellas

It’s snowing (a LOT) here in Massachusetts but in warmer areas people are anticipating spring, which means sewing shorts, yay!  Last summer I posted about how to correct the “crotch bunching” in the adorable Coachella shorts, by extending the crotch curves … Continue reading

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Updated Free Headband Pattern

Who needs a little scrap-buster? Need to make a quick Valentine’s day gift?  I’ve updated the multi-size tie-bow headband pattern from this post.  The cutting lines are now in colors (but still can be printed in B/W), and the sizing … Continue reading

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Painless Pajama Pants (“no fail” method)

PJ pants should be one of the easiest apparel items to sew: few pattern pieces loose easy fit perfection not required as they not usually seen in public Every winter season, I read online stories of confusion, seam-ripping, and utter frustration … Continue reading

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Revised Pattern: VFT “Matilda”

Previously I blogged about Alpha-testing of sewing patterns, using the Violette Fields Threads “Matilda” pattern as an example.  I’m genuinely happy to  update that information today. Matilda  has been revised!  The raglan armscye has been trued at the neckline (original … Continue reading

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Sewing Halloween Costumes

‘Tis the season! Costume season, that is. In the fabric stores, the waiting line at the cutting-table is backed up with moms and their kids, planning Halloween costumes. I love this….there are many great reasons to sew (rather than purchase) a … Continue reading

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Dyeing Fabric and Trims: some tips

Do you ever color-dye your sewing materials?  It’s quite helpful if you cannot find the exact shade that you want at retail, and especially useful if you need trims to match your fabric. But I never see dye products marketed for this purpose….maybe I’m … Continue reading

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