How To Assemble PDF Patterns Quickly & Efficiently We are super excited that this year we began to introduce PDF sewing patterns! With the last few new patterns, we have been able to offer a PDF download option as well as our usual printed patterns. We are also working through the existing pattern line, and eventually we would like to offer the instant download option for every pattern. Personally, I love PDFs. I love having the option of reprinting instead of retracing. Print in draft. When I print PDF patterns, I always print in “draft” mode. Since we’re on the subject of printing, be sure to turn off page scaling! Trim sparingly. The pattern will print out with a border of empty space all around the page. Keep a recycling bin at arms reach. When I am working on a new project, I am the worst for leaving a trail of paper, fabric scraps, and loose threads. One row at a time. The first few times I assembled PDF patterns, I would trim a page, tape it down, trim a page, tape it down. Small pieces of tape. Strategic tape placement.
Understanding a typical Japanese sewing pattern » Japanese Sewing, Pattern, Craft Books and Fabrics After posting the dictionary of sewing terms, I shall now go through an example of a typical pattern you can find in the sewing books. Most pattern books follow a similar structure such as this one. You will usually find something like the above, with the size information as well as the list of materials and procedure, as well as two diagrams. One for cutting of the fabrics and one for the procedure. Let’s break it down into 4 parts to get a clearer picture. First, determine the size you need. Special notes to take care of when cutting, preparation details, and then order of making. For most books, unless specified, the seam allowance is usually 1cm. Hope this will help! Just leave a comment if you have any questions. Share 8K+
Laptop cozy tutorials I recently got a new laptop. I take it just about everywhere I go, but I always felt so bad just stuffing it into my bag. Where it could bump- haphazardly- into all of the mess that lives in there! I had to make it a safe place to be..a cozy! What to start? Here are a few options that I found: Design*Sponge bring us this fuzzy felt cozy to keep your computer warm on cold winter nights. Now, for the Laptop that wants to show a little BLING. Indigo Blue doesn't it look pretty with all of the beading. Looking for something completely different? Brings us the Placemat Hack: flaptop laptop cover! Need handles? This is a nifty cover that has straps
Letter to the Big Four Designers (Hot Patterns)Drafters (Style Arc)Passionate Teachers (Cake, Sewaholic)Downloads (Lekala)Software (PMB, Bernina My Label)Sewing Celebrity Books (Gertie) Before I get to my point, let me, your customer, tell you a little bit about myself. I learned to sew in public school, which is another way of saying I am an American Baby Boomer. Prior to June 2012, sewing was not something I discussed with anyone outside the online sewing community. I never belonged to the American Sewing Guild, for example. Did you know that you lost sales over the last few decades? Here is a very common conversation, if you are me. Person: Hey Robin, did you make your top? Me: Really? Person: Yes, but I am no good at it. Me: What do you mean that you are no good at sewing? Person: Nothing ever fits. Me: Sewing is to fitting as driving is to auto repair. One wonders, given the enormous variety of human bodies, is it possible to produce a pattern with a better fit?
Dictionary of Japanese Sewing Terms » Japanese Sewing, Pattern, Craft Books and Fabrics last update – 11 Dec 2013 This list is constantly growing as I will be updating it when I come across new terms. I have accumulated this list by painstakingly going through the dictionary so please do not reproduce this on your own personal blog. You are welcome to link to my blog but please credit it to my site. Thank you! Download Print-Friendly PDF for reference while you are sewing Dictionary of Japanese Sewing Terms Points to note when reading Japanese patterns Some books come with more than one pattern piece.
tutorials I'm not jell-o. I'm not crème brûlée. I'm chocolate pudding. :) Hehe, remember the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding? I think I've watched it a bazillion times I could recite the dialogues in my sleep. Back to the topic of this post which is chocolate pudding. Express Chocolate Pudding 1/2 cup white sugar1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder3 Tbsp cornstarch2 cups skim/low-fat milkA pinch of decaf coffee powder2 Tbsp vanilla extract 1. 2. 3. 3. Bonus: If you plan to serve this wonderful treat to a loved one, make sure you present it in heartwarming style. Embellish your coffee coaster with a cute fabric cotton tape like the ones from Lillalotta shop on ETSY. Have a merry, little weekend!
Sewing Pattern Vocabulary Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe via email so you don't miss a post. Hey y’all – today I want to go over a few parts of sewing patterns. Sometimes when you’ve been sewing for a while, you forget that words like “armscye” and “rise” as they’re used in sewing aren’t common knowledge, so today I’m going to break down the basic parts of bodices, pants and sleeve patterns – a sewing pattern vocabulary, if you will. Let’s start with the bodice – below is a basic bodice block. Bodice pattern piece – basically a top for a dress or shirtArmscye – the curve on the bodice pieces that goes around the arm.Shoulder seamDart – part of the fabric that is sewn together to help flat fabric mirror the three dimensional curves of the body.NecklineWaistline Sleeve PatternSleeve cap – the edge that gets sewn into the armscye; also all of the sleeve above the biceps lineSleeve cap height – this is taller for more fitted sleeves and shorter for looser sleevesUnderarm seamsHem
tutorial Sewing 101: Pattern Size and Body Measurements Part 2: What Pattern Size are You? One of the reasons that people sew is to get a garment that fits perfectly. People are not necessarily created equal – they come in all shapes, heights and sizes. Like ready-to-wear clothes, sewing patterns come several different sizes to fit all of these different bodies. Pattern sizes are not the same as retail clothing sizes Ever try on similar skirts from two different brands, both marked with the same size, only to find that they fit differently? Patterns have consistent, standardized sizing from pattern brand to pattern brand. Since you can’t try a pattern on, getting the correct size is the #1 priority. Body Measurements Getting the correct body measurements is key, so it’s important to take your body measurements carefully. When taking your body measurements, wear the undergarments you normally wear for the most accurate results. Getting Your Starting Pattern Size Let’s Talk About Ease What is ease, anyway? Figures Types and Special Sizes
Choose the Correct Pattern Size Learn how to choose the correct pattern size for a well-fitting garment. Personal measurement chart by Susan Andriksfrom Threads #86, pp. 14, 16 The first step to making a garment that fits well is to choose the correct pattern size. Measurements are key When choosing a pattern size, you need to know some basic body measurements (see Personal measurement chart). As I'm sure you're aware, sizing in the ready-to-wear industry is not consistent and most of us fit into a wide range of sizes, depending on the designer or manufacturer. Among the major pattern companies (see Pattern companies online), however, sizing is based on a standard set of body measurements, which are provided on each pattern envelope and at the back of the pattern catalogs.
Downloads & Tutorials | the curious kiwi The curious kiwi loves free stuff and I am sure you do too. Here are some patterns & tutorials I have made, plus a few other random but useful downloads. Please feel free to have a go and make sure you share your results with me, I am curious to see them :). Tutorial: Tracing Burda patterns is like eating peas…(you can do it!) It’s not that hard once you get the hang of it. Tutorial: Unravelling the hilariousness that Burda calls “Instructions” Burda instructions have a reputation for being hilariously bad – and they deserve it! I have broken the entire instructions up into sections to explain some important points. Tutorial: Make your own Sleeve Board I don’t tend to make official New Years Resolutions but this year (2012) I do want to spend more effort in the finishing of my garments in order to finally crack that elusive rtw look, which we all know is the antithesis of the “home-made” look. Tutorial: Visualising Fabric on Patterns – Part One (Photoshop) “Strawberry” Shopping Bag (Pattern)