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Pattern grading is an easy way to replicate a pattern to scale, saving you from having to draft the whole thing. It can be your go-to if you need to size an entire pattern up a smidge. (Though you shouldn't try to go more than two sizes up or down, as that would disrupt the balance of the pattern.) There are a couple different ways to pattern grade, but let's focus on two of the most common methods.
Pauline Alice
Grab those plain T-shirts lying around the house and give 'em a cute upgrade. These butterflies as super easy to make, so the kids can get in on the fun, too!
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Truth: there's nothing fun about having your skirt cling to your body. Not only can it feel uncomfortable, but it also prevents the skirt from hanging as intended. But with a simple handmade slip you designed yourself, you can rock any skirt with style — meaning this old classic just became a wardrobe must-have once more.
Christine Haynes
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You love browsing, buying and using sewing patterns. And while making patterns may seem like a job for the pros, there's actually one pattern any home sewer can — and definitely should —make. It’s called a sloper, and it's basically a generic pattern based on your measurements without any wiggle room, seam allowances or style. It's the building block of all patterns, helping you to not only sew clothes, but design them.
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Buttons are so much more than closures — they're also a way to tie your piece together and give it a flawless finishing touch. While these little additions can seem intimidating at first, with this step-by-step tutorial you'll have them fastened on in no time.
Christine Haynes
Embroidery hoops aren't just for stitching. With some sheer fabric and the right kind of paint, you can hoop up to create a screen-printed design that's totally your style.
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Bias tape is a great way to bind, or seal in, raw edges. And while it’s commonly used as quilt binding, you can actually incorporate it into a variety of projects, whether you need to sew a face mask or want to add a fun design element to a garment. Here’s how to create the durable, stretchy tape — even if you don’t have a bias tape maker on hand.
If you're a quilter or sewist, you've probably come across bias tape before. And while it's commonly used for quilt binding, there are a ton of ways you can incorporate bias tape into any project. The best part, though, may be just how easy it is to make yourself.
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Ruching is when fabric is gathered along a seam to provide decoration or fullness. You may have seen it before on sheers (like in the skirt pictured above) or swimsuits, but there are so many opportunities for ruching in patternmaking. The technique looks particularly great on a fitted garment, where it accentuates your body's curves.
Maris Olsen
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When you're making a statement in a vintage-style dress, you need to have a petticoat. It's just a fact. Petticoats can turn a simple A-line dress into a real stunner — just check out the image below.
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