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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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Sewing Trends for 2019

What are your sewing plans for 2019? Wide leg pants and metallics are included in this list - read it and get inspired!

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Do the blouses you make gap at the bust?

Or do most of your blouses and tops pull across the bust?

You may need a Full Bust Adjustment.

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Sewing In Space??!!?!

I have so many excuses for not getting my sewing done - but after seeing this, I have no excuse at all! Incredible!

Customizing Your Body Form

Did you know you can customize your body form for better fit? And it's not hard - with the right tools!

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Slash and Spread Your Pattern to Add Fullness

Did you know you can slash and spread your pattern to create new styles? Well, a COPY of your pattern, I mean. It's the easiest way to add fullness to a fitted garment pattern.

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Manipulating Darts to Create Design Details

Manipulating your darts can create new style details - without sacrificing fit!

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Using Quarter Scale Patterns

Use your quarter scale patterns to practice and learn new design techniques. It's much easier than using your full-scale pattern when you're learning the process!

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Basic pattern drafting techniques you'll use again and again

What are the basic pattern techniques you'll need to learn to design clothing patterns? There are just a few basic skills you'll need to master - and they're not hard.

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Why Do You Need a Dress Block?

Why do you need a dress block? Why can't you just re-design a purchased pattern? We'll tell you in this video!

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