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SBA/ FBA Guide: Part 1

SBA/ FBA Guide: Part 1

Have you ever made a garment that read to be your EXACT measurements, but for some reason the fit was still off, especially in the bust area? Perhaps your garment turned out a bit more low-cut than you had expected. Or your buttons feared flying off and popping someone in the eye. Maybe your outfit fit in every single way, but there just seemed to be so much extra room in the chest area.

If you have experienced any of these issues, or other similar ones, you may be in need of a Full But or Small Bust adjustment.

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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...