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What is the difference between fit ease and style ease? The difference is comfort and fashion!
Start designing your own fashions with a fashion design sketchbook. The fashion sketchbook has figure templates to help you maintain proper proportions.
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!
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!
Learn to design dozens of skirts, blouses and dresses using your dress block.
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.
I used to sew mascot costumes, and used a lot of faux fur. These tips are exactly right for this fuzzy, cozy fabric!
Because you'll get the right fit on every dress, top, and skirt you make - no more fit alterations!
What are your sewing plans for 2019? Wide leg pants and metallics are included in this list - read it and get inspired!
Or do most of your blouses and tops pull across the bust?
You may need a Full Bust Adjustment.
I have so many excuses for not getting my sewing done - but after seeing this, I have no excuse at all! Incredible!
Did you know you can customize your body form for better fit? And it's not hard - with the right tools!
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.
Manipulating your darts can create new style details - without sacrificing fit!
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!