Pattern Play Tutorial: extended sleeves with thumb holes

I’ve been seeing athletic jackets and long sleeve tees featuring this hand warming detail. I wanted to add thumb holes to my own lounge wear. This tutorial can be used with any jersey long sleeve top pattern (women, men and kids!) as it shows how to custom fit to anyone’s hand. Materials: long sleeve pattern…

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Another drafting tutorial!

I’m excited to announce that my summer spent learning pattern drafting has produced some brilliant results in terms of modifications to basic patterns. This time I redrafted my Adele top from StyleArc into a maternity dress with a mock turtle neck, bell sleeves, and bell skirt. You can really see the 20 week twin baby…

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Baby Quilts (part 1)

At first glance this probably seems like another ambitious moment with the quilts plural. In reality, it is because we’ve had an unexpected surprise: TWINS! My first ultrasound revealed two little buns in the oven. It really was a kick in the butt to get started on the baby sewing and maternity sewing as I…

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Pattern Mods for a Summer Tee

My first guest blog on pattern drafting went live today over on the fabricmartfabric.com blog! I transformed my Adele Tunic pattern into a raglan sleeve tee and posted the tutorial as part of there summer t-shirt series! Learning pattern drafting/modification has been a fun mental exercise too. Here’s the original: You might also be wondering…

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Fitting and pattern adjustment for my Jacket with a SNAFU

This jacket is Burda 11/2011 Plaid Wool Jacket #115, and I don’t even like the magazine photo. See? The styling is really sloppy. But when I looked at the online photo, it was LOVE! Its a basic single breasted trench with BIG pockets but my favorite part is the curved hem detail. I never would…

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How to Make an Easy Facing

First, welcome to my first tutorial! This is the method I developed to make facings on patterns that don’t come with them. I hope this is clear and concise as well as informative for all levels of seamstresses. I would love to hear your feedback in order to improve! Thanks! Difficulty: Easy-Peasy Now why would…

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