Taking Body Measurements

Taking body measurements is a fine art and requires some time and dedication. It is not just a case of bust waist and hip inches – clothing measurements are far more detailed than this and if you want to make a custom-fitted item you must go that extra step. Here …

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How to Mark Your Fabric

Marking your fabric is a necessity. If you want to follow your pattern and if you want perfect straight lines you need to mark your fabric. Here is a guide to doing it properly. The Point You might think that marking isn’t really necessary for your project and sometimes you …

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Following Patterns

You are all excited. You have just got your hands on your very first pattern and can’t wait to get started on your latest sewing project. But where do you start? There are some basic facts you should know when following a pattern and we are here to help you …

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Fashion Fundamentals

Thinking about making your own clothes? Learn the basics with our quick rundown of the tips and tricks. This is all you need to know to get started with your very own fashion label! Stock Up Making your own clothes is a cheap way of putting together your own wardrobe. …

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Pattern Terminology

Patterns are the foundation of garment production. Get it right and you have a success on your hands. Get it wrong and it may just be a disaster. This is why it is so important to know as much as you can before you embark on that big project. Brush …

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How to Sew Cuffs

To make smart, stylish long sleeved garments, it’s important to know how to sew cuffs. There are several ways to approach making cuffs depending on the style of the garment you’re making and the fabric you’re using. You may need a bit of practice to get the hang of them, …

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Sewing Costumes: A Creative Experience

Creating your own costumes can be one of the most exciting things to do with your sewing skills, continually presenting interesting challenges and producing results that you can have lots of fun with. We talked to Marianne Wells, a keen costume-maker with over ten years’ experience creating fantasy based historical …

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Elements of Style

What makes the difference between a stylish garment and an ordinary one? Ultimately you will have to develop your own sense of style, but understanding some of the underlying principles of design will help you with this. Unlike fashion, style is something that remains consistent over time, so stylish clothes …

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How to Make a Boned Bodice

One of the exciting things about making your own clothes is being able to create glamorous outfits for special occasions. A boned bodice can put the finishing touch to a dramatic evening dress, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. You can also adapt it if you want to try making …

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How to Make a Hat

Few fashion items say more about us than hats. They’re also great things to make for practical reasons, to keep out the cold or shade us from the sun. Beginners to sewing often shy away from them, thinking they must be far too difficult. Whilst some types of hat do …

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