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There are a few reasons why I like Eléonore Klein’s Wearability Project: it’s funny, refreshingly sincere, useful and inspiring. It’s also in French, but Google Translate should help you with that unless you want to do a 2 in 1 and learn how to improve your wardrobe and French at the same time. Eléonore, the mastermind behind Deer and Doe, and the inventor of the popular Plantain Top sewing pattern, has decided to review and edit her wardrobe, specifically the garments she sews for herself and to identify the outfits she best feels in – and basically – to sew more…

Like many pattern-makers-to-be or pattern making newbies, if you want, I sometimes tend to feel like I maybe need to study this properly in order to make something of it. The only formal fashion design and pattern making class that I could take right now is an online class. I am mainly a self-learner and I know I can save a lot of time learning by myself (in-class experience with fellow student and a teacher who interacts with you is still the best for me, but not always possible). A Coursera and Udacity and Codecademy aficionado, I’ve also noticed I…

I’ve talked about pattern blocks and how they can make pattern making easier by offering a basic template to work on. Instead of buying pre-drafted pattern blocks I decided to make my own. It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, especially if you have a copy of Helen Joseph Armstrong’s Pattern Making for Fashion Design. The instructions are clear and to the point. The illustrations in this post are taken from this book. For the front bodice check out my previous post, Sewing Course Lesson 2 – How To Make a Basic Bodice Block. Step 1 Starting from the left…

What would a sewist be without people who understand him or her? Who take fabric talk, dart fitting and pattern grading seriously. Who like to make things, ruin meters of fabric and pattern paper. Those people who inspire you to do better, learn more things, explore your own ideas and passions? Do you sew? You should read these blogs. Simple as that. Lucky Lucille Rochelle is one of my favourite sewists. She´s beautiful, fun, energetic and she makes the most amazing fabric combinations I´ve seen lately. Just look at her versions of the Colette Patterns Macaron dress and her Hazel…

Have you watched The Great British Sewing Bee? I have just watched the second episode and I’m inspired to sew more and learn more. The contestants are amazing. I don’t know how they could find so many beautiful and talented people who sew so well. I think the challenges in the show are difficult because of the time limit. This can changes a person’s way of sewing completely. I am a rush sewer (not that I watched the show I know I can say that without thinking people thinking I am a hole in the pavement:) so I think I…

Have you ever spotted a dress, a coat, a jacket, what have you, loved it, had to have it, made it (or bought it), only to realize there is something terribly wrong with it, that will never allow you to wear it happily? Maybe it’s too transparent, or maybe it clings too much, maybe it wrinkles like crazy, or maybe it makes your bottom look fat and your legs short. You love it, you hate it. What do you do? Do you zip and bare? Do you keep it “just in case”? Do you give it away without thinking twice?…

Happy New Year! May 2013 bring you many new sewing ideas and lots of hours of sewing fun. One of the books I started the year with was “Precision draping; a simple method for developing designing talent” by Nelle L. Weymouth. Published in 1889, this is a lovely book; everything is so well explained and it just makes pattern drafting seem so easy! I got to this book via The Perfect Nose, who posts lots of vintage goodies as well as marvelous sewing projects of her own. One of the things that I sketched into my notebook for future reference…

Why a basic bodice block? A basic bodice block that fits you like a glove is a precious pattern to have. This will be the starting point of many designs, from relaxed tank tops to dress up shirts and summer dresses. You can create a basic bodice from a close-fitting commercial blouse or dress pattern, or you can draw your own, pencil and ruler in hand, based on your very own shapes and curves. In this lesson I will be showing you what kind of measurements you need to take in order to make your basic bodice and in the…

  Remember these shorts that I made the other day? Want to make a pair? I bet you can do it in 3 hours today! Below you’ll find the step by step tutorial. If you just want the pattern, just dowload the PDF here and print them normally on your printer. Connect them following the red, green and blue arrows. Keep in mind that the pattern is a size S and don’t forget to leave 2 cm sewing allowance. Sorry for the low quality scan! I strongly advise you to make a muslin first. You will see the fit and be…