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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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Fit Ease vs. Style Ease

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

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Fashion Design Sketchbook

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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Don't Make My Mistakes!

Don't make the same mistakes I did - do a thorough job of fitting your block so you don't have to make the same corrections over and over!

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Design Skirts, Blouses and Dresses Using Your Dress Block

Learn to design dozens of skirts, blouses and dresses using your dress block.

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What Does It Mean to "True" Your Pattern?

What does it mean to "true" your pattern? Truing your pattern means to "make it true", or complete and correct. Add notches, markings, and seam allowances to finish your pattern properly.

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It's so cold out! Maybe a faux fur wrap is in order!

I used to sew mascot costumes, and used a lot of faux fur. These tips are exactly right for this fuzzy, cozy fabric!

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Why do you need a dress block?

Because you'll get the right fit on every dress, top, and skirt you make - no more fit alterations!

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