Grading between sizes on the Esther pants

Grading between sizes is an adjustment made to your pattern prior to cutting out your fabric. When you are various sizes throughout your body, this adjustment is going to allow you to customize your size.

On the Esther pants, if you are one size at the waist and a different size at the hip, when compared to the size chart for the pattern, this is a modification you'll want to make this adjustment to your pattern. This tutorial walks you through how to grade between sizes if you are larger at your waist than in your hip, or alternatively, larger at your hip than you are at the waist. 

 

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The Arima Capsule Collection


I'm so excited to welcome the newest pattern collection to our line! The Arima capsule collection consists of three PDF patterns, Esther, Frances, and Samara, that are designed to work beautifully together, allowing you to create many stylish, comfortable outfits with ease. These styles are extremely functional and will fit beautifully into any wardrobe, paired with your other favorites. Let's take a look! 

 

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Advanced sewing techniques class

I'm really excited to be collaborating on an amazing sewing intensive workshop with Workroom Social in NYC in August. This class is designed to bring your sewing to a new level of amazing and to arm you with knowledge when approaching more advanced sewing projects.

The Advanced Sewing Techniques Intensive will teach you to sew a variety of challenging methods by creating technique samples. Students will see examples of each method in real clothes and discuss when and how they can use these techniques in sewing patterns. Students will create a resource notebook to take home for future reference.

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Today is the final day of the Jacke sewalong!!! I bet you're eager to finish your projects! Since there are two versions of the Jackie dress, we've split up the tutorial into two parts. The first post will walk you through version one of the dress and will cover the sleeve construction. The second post will be for version two, which will cover how to sew an armhole facing for a sleeveless dress.

In this post for version one of the dress, we will learn how to sew a knit sleeve, sew the dress side seams and we'll talk about two methods for sewing the hem. And finally, we'll sew on the buttons! 

Let's get started!

 

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Today is the final day of the Jacke sewalong!!! I bet you're eager to finish your projects! Since there are two versions of the Jackie dress, we've split up the tutorial into two parts. The first post will walk you through version one of the dress and will cover the sleeve construction. The second post will be for version two, which will cover how to sew an armhole facing for a sleeveless dress.

In this post for version 2 of the dress, we will learn how to finish an armhole with binding, sew the dress side seams and we'll talk about two methods for sewing the hem. And finally, we'll sew on the buttons! 

Let's get started!

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In Today's sewalong, we will cover sewing the shoulders and finishing the facing and neckline of the Jackie dress. There are lots of tips to learn in this tutorial as we teach you how to sew stabilizing elastic into a knit seam, tail tuck serger thread, offset seam allowance to reduce bulk, use your machines pushing and pulling action with your feed dog and pressure foot to your advantage, understitch with knit, and finally, how to secure a facing in place. 

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Today we will be sewing the dress front and back together. You'll need to pay close attention when sewing the dress back, as multiple layers of fabric meet at one point. The requires precision sewing in order to achieve a neat finish. We'll show you how it's done!

 

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Today is day one of construction in the Jackie sewalong! It's time to put all of your sewing practice from last week's post to work. For today we will be applying interfacing and preparing the back facing for construction. We will be creating our button loops, which involved turning out a tiny tube of fabric right side out. You'll learn tips on how this is done, and how to apply beautiful rouleau button loops to your facing.

 

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Sewing with knits can be daunting; the fabric moves very differently from woven fabric and the small seam allowances means that you have to be really tuned in when sewing. However, with a little practice, you'll soon find that knits aren't as challenging as you once thought. The serger machine makes projects fast, but if you don't have a serger, don't let that stop you; a sewing machine can also be used to create your knit project.

In this post, we'll talk about tips that you can use to get comfortable with serging or sewing knits. You'll also learn how to set up the sewing machine for a twin needle.

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Working with knits is very different from working with woven fabric. From laying it out to notching, there are a few tricks to learn. In this post, we'll teach you how to lay out your fabric, cut, notch and transfer pattern marks. By the end of this post, you'll be ready to cut out your Jackie dress!

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