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Pattern Courses to Upgrade Your Skills

These pattern courses are designed to help you create fashions that make you look and feel confident, comfortable, and stylish.

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How Do Collars Work?

How do collars work? Why do some lay flat and others roll high on the neck?

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Sewing Gifts for Your Favorite Seamstress - or For You!

Gifts for those who sew are thoughtful, useful, and fun! Try a cute pin cushion, pro scissors, or a new machine!

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How Sewing Ease Differs from Style and Fit Ease

Sewing ease is not the same as fit ease or style ease. Much like a dart, sewing ease helps to shape the fabric of your garment over the curves of your body.

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Do You Speak the "Language of Patterns"?

Do you speak the "language of patterns"? Yes, patterns have a language - it's in the markings that communicate the details of how to cut and sew the garment.

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A Beginner's Guide to Designing Pant Styles

Designing pant styles from you pant block is easy - it's mostly slight variations in leg length and width, with a few styling details!

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Fit and Proportion in Fashion Design

Fit and proportion are every bit as important to your look as your style. Even the greatest style falls flat if it's out of proportion.

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Where Do You Find Your Design Inspiration?

Finding inspiration for your designs isn't that hard. Inspiration is all around you - on TV, in magazines, even on the people around you!

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Do You Have Trouble Fitting the Bust?

If you have trouble fitting the bust of your bodice, you'll need a Full Bust Adjustment (or a Small Bust Adjustment, as the case may be).

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Make a Kindness Day Beanie to keep someone warm

Do an act of kindness on World Kindness Day. Make a Kindness Day beanie hat to keep someone warm!

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What Are Style Lines?

What are style lines and how do they differ from functional seams? This video explains it all - and also shows you how you can combine the two!

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What's the Difference Between Flat Pattern Making and Draping?

Draping and the Flat Pattern technique are two very different approaches to designing and drafting a pattern. Which is best? Let's talk about it!

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The Difference Between Fit Ease and Style Ease

What is the difference between fit ease and style ease? The difference is comfort and fashion!

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Fashion Design Sketchbooks for Easy Illustration

Start designing your own fashions with a fashion design sketchbook. The fashion sketchbook has figure templates to help you maintain proper proportions.

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The Basics of Clothing Design

Designing clothing is a matter of taking a variety of elements and putting them together.

Pick a sleeve, a neckline, a body shape - and you have a blouse or dress!

Change the sleeve, add a collar, choose a different fabric or color - and you have a new style!

Sketch your ideas to see which elements work together, and which clash. It's a matter of trial and error - so sketch, sketch, sketch!

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