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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...


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...