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Lengthen and Shorten Patterns

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 19): Lengthen and Shorten Patterns

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In episode 19, we continue learning simple ways to adjust our flat patterns. In the last episode, we learned how to fix waist and hip fitting issues. This week we learn how to lengthen and shorten along the lengthen and shorten lines. You’ll learn how to take basic length measurements and how to apply… Read More »Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 19): Lengthen and Shorten Patterns

Pattern Waist Adjustments

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 18): Pattern Waist Adjustments

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In the next few episodes we’ll be learning how to improve the fit of commercially made paper patterns. Many of us want to sew in order to make out own clothing and express our own fashion style. However, just like with ready-made clothing, fit is based off default body measurements. And how many of… Read More »Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 18): Pattern Waist Adjustments

Taking In Side Seams

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 17): Taking In Side Seams

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In this episode we show how to make a garment smaller by taking in the side seams. We show how to adjust the waistband of a simple seam and how to alter the waistband of a seam with a zipper installed. Knowing the foundation of alternating clothes will help you better understand garment construction… Read More »Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 17): Taking In Side Seams

Letting Out Side Seams

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 16): Letting Out Side Seams

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to the BGTS series! We’re continuing our alterations themed again with some side seam tailoring. Alternation skills are important for many reasons, the biggest one being it’s a guaranteed way to make extra money sewing. People will always need alterations done and, frankly, tailoring is a valuable skill many sewers skip learning all together. Dry cleaners and professional… Read More »Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 16): Letting Out Side Seams

Alterations Part 2

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 15): Alterations Part 2

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In episode 15 we learn a simple technique for lengthening hems by adding a hem facing. This technique can be used on pants, skirts, dresses, shirts…even curtains and table clothes. It’s even a great way to add a fun decorative touch to your projects. This skill is particularly helpful for those with children, as… Read More »Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 15): Alterations Part 2

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 13): Closures & Fasteners

Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 13): Closures & Fasteners

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In episode 13 we continue learning about closures and fasteners. You learned all about zippers in the last episode, so this week we’ll dive right into how to do buttonholes, sew on buttons (by hand and machine), snaps, grommets. hooks and eyes, magnets, and velcro, as well as some tips and tricks along the… Read More »Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 13): Closures & Fasteners