Finishing keyhole neckline. Method 1.

The keyhole neckline opening can be used as an embellishment of the garment or as a utility feature to widen the neckline or the hem of a sleeve for added functionality.

There are several methods the keyhole neckline can be finished with :

  • facing
  • bias binding
  • lining

Today I will show how to face the keyhole neckline at the back of the garment. Facing keyhole neckline tutorial

Facing pattern is drafted as normal two piece neck facing is normally done, with enough extra fabric to accommodate the opening. The one important point is not to cut out the opening at this stage, just mark it clearly. This way the facing remains stable and wont distort under presser foot of your machine. Depending on the garment design and fabric thickness the interfacing might be a good idea.

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Three ways to draft a puffed sleeves pattern.

There are three main types of puffed sleeves that are very simple to draft from the basic sleeve pattern. The idea is to create enough extra fabric for gathering, which means to "stretch" the pattern in places were the ruffling will accrue. The "stretching" can be done along the head and hem of a sleeve, but never in the underarm area.

The process itself is not complicated. Start with a paper pattern of a sleeve. Mark the middle third of your pattern with parallel lines 3-4cm apart, cut and open out the pieces. The fuller the sleeve you are after the further you spread the parts. Traditionally it cannot be made more then 5cm. For fuller sleeve cut the strips narrower. In some old pattern making books you can find the pictures of a puffed sleeve draft looking like a fan with the strips cut as narrow as 1cm. Drafting puffed sleeves

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Dress with a floral appliqué printable pattern.

Printable pattern comes in girls sizes 4-14, three appliqué designs included. A well executed appliqué is the key embellishment of this dress. To make it work you need to be skilled in hand or machine appliqué technique. Recommended fabric - cotton/cotton blends. Dress with a floral appliqué Cute summer dress with a floral appliqué and puffed sleeves. Continue reading Dress with a floral appliqué printable pattern.

How to Sew a Circle Skirt.

A circle skirt is pretty easy to make. It requires few pieces and basic techniques, making it a good exercise for beginners.  If this is your first time I would advise to make a paper pattern first. For experienced sewers this step can be skipped; you are welcome to do the markings straight on the fabric.

Circle skirt math

To make this pattern you will need only two measurements -  waist girth and the length of your skirt.

How to make a circle skirt

Circle skirts are commonly made in 360°, 270°, 180° or 90°, depending on how many folds you want. There is a formula to calculate the waist radius for each type of circle skirt.

  • Full circle Skirt (360°)Full circle skirt

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Jersey Dress Sewing Instructions.

T-Shirt jersey dress with round pocketThis dress is designed for lightweight knitted fabric like cotton jersey or interlock. Working with knitted fabrics you have to be aware of the way they differ from the woven ones:

Flounces and Ruffles

Difference between flounces and ruffles comes from the way the folds are formed. With ruffles it is gathering of the fabric that gives the frills. Secret of flounces lay in the cut - the seam edge of the flounce is much shorter then the hem line. It  can be achieved  by various means, most common ways to cut the flounce is :

  • shape based method
  • snail-cut flounce
  • developing a flounce detail from the pattern piece

What is the difference between flounce and ruffle

Different construction of flounces and ruffles Different construction of flounces and ruffles


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Making Circle Skirt Pattern. Infographic.

Circle skirt is loved by little girls, it is perfect for twirling. Lucky for busy mums they are dead easy to make and don't require pattern. Here I put together a measurement guide for making one.

Before cutting:

  1. Decide how the waistline will be finished. The design may call for tie-up sash, elastic or zipper. Let your skill level be your guide.
  2. Know how are you going to deal with the hemline, remember it's curved and should be finished accordingly. Hemming techniques.

Circle skirt pattern

 

Note:  If you are going to make an elastic waist band make sure that the waistline of your skirt is big enough to put on comfortably. As a general rule it should be equal the circumference of the hips + 10 -12cm.



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