Tag Archives: VFT

“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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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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Pattern Grading: Proportionate Curves

The purpose of pattern grading is to change the size while keeping the proportions.  When a pattern is not graded correctly, the proportions become inconsistent between sizes.   This should be caught in alpha-testing; in beta-testing each sewist is making one … Continue reading

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Charity Sewing II: the Hope dresses

(Photo of pattern cover removed at request of Violette Fields Threads)   Violette Fields Threads is the publisher of the second charity-sewing “Hope” dress pdf that I am reviewing. This was especially designed for the “Give Hope Project”, with the … Continue reading

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