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Applying Sleeves from One Pattern to Another

Applying Sleeves from One Pattern to Another

Sometimes, I will see a pattern and fall madly in love with it only to realize it would be WAY better with sleeves- has this ever happened to you, too?

Honestly, the first time I realized wanting sleeves on a garment that didn't come with sleeves was my very own Matilda Dress pattern. It wasn't until I added sleeves- like real sleeves with a cap and everything- that I realized sleeves were what the pattern was missing.

So today, I wanted to share how you can get that perfect sleeve fit using your favorite TNT (tried...


Amelie Dress: Cutting Your Skirt on 44" Wide Fabric

Amelie Dress: Cutting Your Skirt on 44" Wide Fabric

The Amelie dress was designed to fit on 48" / 122 cm wide fabric for sizes 1-8 (US 0-14) or 49" / 124.5 cm wide fabric for sizes 9-16 (US 16-30).

However, there are some really cute fabrics out there that aren't quite so wide and, in all honesty, only the skirt of the Amelie dress poses a problem when it comes to fabric width. There is always the option to simply cut each individual skirt piece with your fabric opened up and laid out as a single layer, but that takes up A LOT of space, fabric, and time,...


How to Adjust a Gaping Back

How to Adjust a Gaping Back

Have you ever been so excited by a lovely V-neck backed garment, or potentially an open back garment -- or any garment that has a steep V-shape of any kind really -- and gone through the process of sewing it all up only to realize that it gapes? I mean, it's wearable, and you love it and everything, but maybe for the second version, you'd prefer the garment to fit a bit more closely to your body?

If this describes you at all, then welcome to the club! I have been there, I have struggled with gaping backs all my...


A Quick Guide to Understitching

A Quick Guide to Understitching

Understitching has forever seemed to be one of those elusive, tricky, hard to explain sewing terms. Whenever I am teaching a class and attempt to show how to understitch a garment, my words always seem to fall short.

It's never the student's fault, I just can't seem to show what it is that I mean when I say "This is how you understitch and why.."

So, I figured it was time for a photographed tutorial, because a picture is so much better than words sometimes!

Let's first define understitching. Understitching is stitching done on...


A Quick Guide to Measuring Yourself

A Quick Guide to Measuring Yourself

Before I jump into this post, I just want to note that I am not an expert on measuring the human form. I'm not really sure if there is an expert in that particular arena. I can say, though, that I have been measuring myself ever since I started sewing and my makes have all fit me pretty accurately. I also used to work in alterations and have done a lot of custom work in the past which both require extensive measuring, so I'd like to think that I know a little about measuring!

There are some common mistakes when...