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Cutting Out

Before we get pinning and cutting, folks ask me about where to buy 1/4 inch gingham. In the past I have ordered a bolt from JoAnn’s online but suppliers change all the time. Here is what is on the end … Continue reading

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Getting into Gingham

Now that we have adjusted the front and back and have a paper pattern, we can make a sample also called a muslin/sloper. A muslin can be made from any woven/stable fabric. I have always used woven, not printed, gingham … Continue reading

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Are We There Yet?

Here is what we finished with last time…a bigger side bust dart but still left with some bunching in the armhole area. Drawing a 3/4 inch wide dart that will be moved. Still using the red ink lowered and widened … Continue reading

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Tweaking the fronts

Have you ever worn a jacket or blouse that you needed to grab the center front edges and pull them together to cover your cleavage? Well, here is a little true story to share. When I lived in Southport, England … Continue reading

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Look Behind

After mapping the front, we can swing around to the back pattern piece. By having enough fabric and ease in the front, the back should be the same, but if the back is too narrow, it will pull in the … Continue reading

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Adequate Front Bust Coverage

Thank you to all those who have left nice comments on the last two posts. Thank you to those who want to work with me and who have taken their measurements already! In the past, I have taught these same … Continue reading

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Getting Started

With any new project, we need to get down to the basic structure that we will be covering be it a sofa or chair or ottoman or ourselves. Our skeletons define us and our skin and tissue enhance us. If … Continue reading

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Transitioning

Recently I read the quote from the author Paul Coelho, “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” When one is in their 30’s or … Continue reading

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Fixing necklines

Is there anything we can do to make RTW necklines fit better and not droop to reveal a bra? My neighbor, Rosie Two Shoes, had a family wedding to attend and she found the prefect dress except being petite, the … Continue reading

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Another Kimono

McCall’s 8000 is interesting and may just work with Nancy’s latest silk charmeuse purchase. There are no side seams and as I mentioned last time, it is more of a poncho used for breast exams. But Nancy will have side … Continue reading

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