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Weiland Tank - Stabilising the Neckline With Clear Elastic

Weiland Tank

Weiland Tank - Stabilising the Neckline With Clear Elastic

Hi! Todays post is all about stabilising the neckline of your Weiland Tank using clear elastic.  As you would have noticed, I have two sets of instructions for the Weiland Tank, with different methods of constructing your top. While this post is relevant for both sets of instructions, I am showing photos from from the construction method shown in the Alternative Instructions (where the side seams haven't been sewn together yet). For this tutorial I am using a black rib knit as my main fabric and a pale pink ponte as my lining. And I am sewing View B, the...

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Weiland Tank - Stabilising the Armhole with Clear Elastic

Weiland Tank - Stabilising the Armhole with Clear Elastic

Hey mates. Have you been directed here after reading the instructions that come with your PDF purchase, or watching my YouTube video on sewing the armholes? Welcome. This is the optional step mentioned in Step 4. If you're looking for the method outlined in the alternative instructions, you can watch that video here instead. This blog post is all about the armholes of the Weiland Tank. This sewing pattern is designed for knits with 2 way stretch and a stretch percentage of 40% or over. I've also recommended using a knit with good recovery for this style - as is...

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Using a Digital Sewing Pattern : Downloading, Opening and Printing Your Files

Using a Digital Sewing Pattern : Downloading, Opening and Printing Your Files

If you're new to the world of digital sewing patterns (or new to Elbe Textiles and want a bit of a hand with the process) I've made a step by step guide for you. It's so simple. All you need is access to a computer and a printer - either your home or office printer, or you can take the files to your local copy shop where they can print it for you.  First things first, head to the SHOP section of the website, find a pattern you like and complete the checkout process.  Once you have successfully completed the...

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Staley Top Pattern Hack : Straight Hemline

Staley Top Pattern Hack : Straight Hemline

Hey mates, today I'll be showing you how to alter your Staley Top pattern to have a straight hem with a band that goes all the way around. As much as I love the cool hemline action in the original design - it's super handy to have some basics in the wardrobe and I think view A of the Staley Top is ideal for this purpose. It's a very easy change to make to the pattern and sews up so quickly! Let's crack on. Start by tracing the front piece of the pattern onto a fresh sheet of paper. Use...

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Sewing Hats - Tips and Tricks

Sewing Hats - Tips and Tricks

Hey mates.  Two of my most popular sewing patterns are the Sorrento Bucket Hat and the Serpentine Hat. They're a quick and satisfying make and don't use much fabric. Huzzah. Francis is wearing the Sorrento Bucket Hat made out of rigid, hand painted denim. While I adore seeing your photos on Instagram of these, I do notice the odd floppy brim. So this blog post is about how we can avoid that. Most important thing is fabric choice! These patterns call for denim, canvas, cotton drill, mid to heavy weight woven fabrics that hold their structure. Sturdy, reliable -  the type of...

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