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Sewing pattern tutorials

How to line straps for dungarees – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | October 12, 2018
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How to line straps for dungarees. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to line straps for dungarees. I am using the Mary pattern to show the technique. This technique might be useful to line dungaree straps if you are using a bulky fabric such as heavy weight denim, corduroy or any…

How to apply a perfect curved patch pocket.

By Julia Claridge | August 9, 2018
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How to apply a perfect curved patch pocket. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to sew a lovely neat curved patch pocket. I am using the Mary dress pattern to demonstrate. This style has the option of curved pockets positioned at the back or front of the dress. The dress has…

How to sew a flat fell seam.

By Julia Claridge | June 28, 2018
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A flat fell seam is the seam you often find on the inside leg seam of a pair of jeans. It has two rows of visible stitching on the outside and on the inside all the raw edges are encased, making it a neat and super strong seam. It is one of those style details…

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How to measure a child for making their clothes.

By Julia Claridge | May 24, 2018
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Measuring up before starting to make a garment is one of those tasks that can sometimes gets ignored, its tempting to just get stuck into sewing, picking a size closest to what you buy off the peg from the shops. However just like sizes vary from shop to shop, sizes also vary between pattern brands.…

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How to add a panel to a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 20, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to add a panel to a simple top or dress. Its a fun way to colour block a simple style or add an additional fabric. In this tutorial I have used the little girls Rosie dressmaking pattern. I used Kona quilters weight cotton fabric in these pretty sugar…

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How to add heart shape pockets to your Rosie dress-tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | February 13, 2018
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  As the theme of the week is a romantic one, I thought I would share this fun tutorial for how to add heart shaped pockets to your Rosie pinafore dress. Materials: Fabric – 2 x 20cm square for outer 2 x 20cm square for lining. Templates: heart shaped pocket placement heart shaped pockets pattern…

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How to lengthen or shorten a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | January 28, 2018
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It’s easy to think if you want to add length to a dress or top that you can just add a few centimetres down from the hem, in some cases this does work. However if you have a shaped hem or have a hem facing, adding length to the bottom edge of your garment may…

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