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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.
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Suzy begins with an overview of her one-seam, Balenciaga-inspired jacket. Learn about flat patternmaking and why it's a useful addition to your sewing repertoire as you tour the Apparel Arts school.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Hands turning an aqua square of fabric with a pin cushion and pins off to the side
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Using pins will help you keep your fabric in place until you've had a chance to actually sew it together. Remember, never sew over your pins — for safety, you should always remove them as you get to them.
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Bias tape, whether you make it yourself or nab a ready-made version at the store, is commonly used to bind quilts. It can even be used to create modern quilt designs all on its own. But here's the thing: these strips of bias-cut fabric can be used in so. many. other. ways. Choose your bias tape color, thickness and pattern, then come this way for a few hits of inspo that'll get you back in your sewing room, stat.
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With the sleeves attached and side seams complete, it's really starting to look like a shirt! Learn how to precisely stitch and press the shirt collar. Then attach it to the neckline and facings with Peter's pro tips.
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Your shirt is almost done! All that's left is to attach the pocket and finish the lower edge with a narrow hem. Add buttonholes based on your machine instructions, sew on buttons, and you're done!
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Easily insert the sleeves with a flat insertion method, then sew the sides of the sleeve and shirt in one step and complete it with a classic flat-felled seam finish. Afterwards, finish the lower edges of the sleeves with a neat hem or faux-cuff treatment.
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