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Book Review: Concepts of Pattern Grading

Book review concepts of pattern grading third edition

For those unfamiliar with grading, it's when you take a flat pattern in a master size and use that to create bigger or smaller sizes. This is what you do after your pattern is finished, to create a set of patterns to reflect a size range.

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Slow Fashion October Week 1: YOU

Confetti cutting on a lazy sunday morning

Makers gonna make...and that includes confetti cutting, on the table, whilst sporting undies and a T-shirt. Nice to meet you! My name is Charlotte and when I was a kid, I was a serial maker. I tried my hand at, embroidery, drawing, knitting, sewing, hand sewing, confetti, origami, macramé and what not. However, besides the drawing, nothing stuck.
It wasn't until I started my fashion education in 2003 that I got serious about making, and make, I did...

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Tips for buying your first sewing machine

Tips for buying your first sewing machine

It took me a while before I bought my very own sewing machine. When I started the academy I borrowed an oldie from my grandmother, but did most of the sewing in school. After a year or two I bought my first sewing machine. There were a gazillion machines to choose from, it was overwhelming! After weeks of googling, shopping and interrogating other sewists...I finally decided on a Pfaff Classic 1525 and never looked back :)

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Welcome to the Studio

 

I took some photos of my current studio set up...and I say current since I like to change my house/studio/bedroom around every six months or so. It's  compulsive and there must be a medical name for it....procrastination ;) Anyway I just wanted to show my workspace.

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Work in Progress: Shirt + Shirt Dress

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen some glimpses of the Shirt + Shirt Dress I am working on. I am happy with the basic shape I have, the next step is to fill in the details. This is really the fun part for me. I think about the different steps, the order in which to sew and little touches that make the design more interesting.

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How to fold and sew a mitered corner

Yay! Another tip to bring your sewing practice to the next level. I am always searching new ways to improve my sewing and sewing mitered corners is quite new to me but I really like it. In both the Tie Dress and The Pocket-T I use this technique for the corners, so I wanted to show the technique in a clip to make it even easier to apply it in your own sewing project. 

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