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When hand-making a garment of any kind – or even just making your own minor alterations to a ready-made garment – making the piece look like it’s truly “yours” is probably a huge motivator. Our past couple of posts have covered trimming and how to do it in 5 quick steps, so now let’s look at what kinds of options you have when selecting the perfect trimming for your piece.
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00

What Does Selvage Mean?

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When building up your repertoire of sewing tricks, methods and techniques, you’ll also need to start building up a repertoire of common sewing terms. Selvage is one of those common sewing terms that many first-time or early stage sewers are new to, and if any of this applies to you, it’s time you come to know what this one really means.
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

How to Sew a Trim in 5 Steps

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For most clothiers, making a particular garment that fits and wears well is just half the job; completing it with minor details can be just as important. As discussed in a previous post (What Are Trims and Trimming?), adding trimming to a piece is a great way to make it more unique, stylised and even shapely, and what’s great is how easy and quick it can be!
Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

Warm Fabrics to Use This Winter

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For all of those looking to keep warm this winter and into early spring – or all those cool occasions in between – you’ll want to look out for the warmest fabrics out there. Whether you’re looking to use these fabrics to construct your own garments or you just want some tips for finding the warmest pieces possible, you’ll want to keep eye out for these.
Friday, 21 March 2014 11:19

Sewing & Pattern Making Classes in Melbourne

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The Designer Stitch School of Fashion and Design teaches amateur and professional fashion designers and sewers basic, traditional and advanced ways of sewing clothing.   The Designer Stitch School of Fashion and Design offers a series of sewing lessons and pattern making classes, suitable for beginners, to teach dress making and other garment creation.
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Yet another common sewing term you might hear or read being thrown around is the grain of a fabric. This is a very basic concept ins sewing and fabric working, and before you can move on to concepts like cutting on the bias or simply making effective cuts in your fabrics, it’s important to know what a grain is and how to find it.
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

Working with Satin Fabrics

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There is no question that satin fabrics are some of the most beautiful, elegant and classy fabrics out there, making them a top choice for brides and high-class garments. However, there is also no question that working with these slick, glossy fabrics is one of the trickiest feats in sewing. By using these tips for working with satin, you just might be able to make your own gorgeous piece in spite of the difficulty!
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

What Are Trims and Trimming?

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Often just called trim, trimming is simply a finishing piece of fabric applied to an otherwise completed garment in order to change its look. There’s a vast number of fabric types, methods and purposes for adding trim to a garment, but overall, its main purpose is just to make something look better!
Monday, 03 February 2014 00:00

Does Silk Cling?

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This video explains the myth of silk clinging, and shows some great example with tips and hints.  
Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

How to Measure Fabric Length for a Pair of Pants

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A video on how to correctly measure fabric for a pair of pant.  

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