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Sewing the Waistband of the Fremantle Pants and Trigg Shorts

Sewing the Waistband of the Fremantle Pants and Trigg Shorts

I get a lot of feedback that my pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow, but I know that some techniques are better shown over video. Which brings me to my first (poorly filmed) video tutorial. Watch me in all my awkward glory, showing you how to sew the waistband for the Fremantle Pants and Trigg shorts. This video is intended as a supplement to the written and illustrated instructions that come with the sewing patterns. It's not a standalone tutorial. So if you're keen, you can buy the patterns here! 

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Sewing With Bulky Fabric

Bulky Fabric sewing bulky fabric Sewing heavy fabric sewing tips

Sewing With Bulky Fabric

I'm writing this blog post to coincide with the impending release of my next pattern - the Akerfeldt Coat. This pattern is finished with flat felled seams and there are some areas in which these seams are folded over, or meet another seam and it creates a fair bit of bulk. Not a good time if you're unprepared. An industrial sewing machine is the preferred choice for sewing this pattern. But fear not. The following tips should get you through on a domestic machine with minimal broken needles and swearing.    1. Use the appropriate needles for your fabric. Most sewing...

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Full Stomach Adjustment - Sanders Button Up

Full Stomach Adjustment - Sanders Button Up

Hey mates. Today we're looking at a common alteration that may be needed for shirts - the full stomach adjustment. I'm using the Sanders Button Up as my example for the diagrams, but this info can be used for other button up shirt patterns. Before you start, I can't stress how important it is to sew a toile of the garment first to accurately pinpoint which areas need to be altered. I often see people dive straight into altering a pattern before even sewing it up to check the fit.  Full Stomach Adjustment:  This alteration is to be done on the front...

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Sanders Button Up - Pattern Hacks : Removing the Seam Lines to Create a Plain Front and a Plain Back

Sanders Button Up - Pattern Hacks : Removing the Seam Lines to Create a Plain Front and a Plain Back

Good news mates - if you're looking for a plainer alternative to the front yoke/pocket scenario of the Sanders Button Up - it's super easy to remove this seam line and create one pattern piece.  I will also show you how quick and easy it is to remove the seam lines/panels on the lower half of the back to have one flat pattern piece without the shaping (if you'd prefer a boxier fit).  First things first, if you haven't already purchased the pattern, you can buy it here. For a plain front: Take the Front Yoke and Front pattern pieces....

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Page Dress - Sewing Tucks

Page Dress - Sewing Tucks

Well hello! I'm writing this post on sewing tucks in relation to my latest sewing pattern, the Page Dress, but this technique can be used to jazz up any other sewing project.   The Page Dress is a versatile sewing pattern with plenty of options to customize the look. It has subtle cutaway armholes and a high neckline. The following two views are just some of the style options, but it’s super easy to mix and match the design features. There are in-seam pockets, button stands, tucks, splits or can be left as a classic shift dress. The pattern is available in...

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