Sewing your own tote bag is instantly gratifying. It's one of those fast and easy projects that require hardly any fabric or tools, and it makes for a pretty impressive gift. But you know what makes it even more impressive? Adding a lining. Not only will the bag look way better, but a lining will help it last longer. Who can say no to that?!
If you've noticed your stitches are a little, well, off, it's likely you went straight for the tension. But the truth is there could be a myriad of culprits behind your screwed-up stitches. You could be using an old needle, for starters, or you may even have the wrong one for the job. You could've set your machine's stitch length and width to the wrong setting. Or, like you thought, the machine's tension may need some tweaking.
If you’re a home sewist, patternmaking (also called pattern drafting) might feel like a distant set of skills you’re not yet ready to tackle. But it’s actually closer than you might think! Master pattern drafter Suzy Furrer — who shows off her expertise in Suzy Furrer on Patternmaking — believes you (yes, you!) can start making patterns, even if you’ve never touched a sewing machine.
Get an up-close look at Suzy's gorgeous linen dress. It's inspired by designer Claire McCardell's ready-to-wear pieces, combining comfort with an elevated pattern. See how the fabric and pattern pieces come together for a volumetric skirt. And, learn how Suzy got started sewing.
Suzy walks you through her latest fall jacket. This complex garment is made up of dozens of pattern pieces, showing what you can achieve through patternmaking and garment sewing. Plus, get Suzy's advice for aspiring pattern designers as well as tips on incorporating personal details into your work.
Visit master patternmaker Suzy Furrer at her Apparel Arts school in Oakland, California. Get an inside look at three of her favorite garments as she shares her unique perspective on design and fashion history. She also helps you navigate her comprehensive collection of Bluprint classes so you can easily find them and expand your skills, no matter what level you're at!