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Cutting out a Pattern

Cutting out a Pattern

Once you've traced your pattern and made the necessary fit adjustments to it, you're ready to cut out your fabric!

I enjoy this step; after all the work and head-scratching of tracing, grading and altering, I like picking up the first piece I cut out and holding it against my body to see how the final garment is going to look.

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Sizing and Grading a Pattern

Sizing and Grading a Pattern

It's heartbreaking to spend the time and money sewing up a garment, only to have it not fit properly or not fit at all! Guesswork or "winging it" usually doesn't turn out well when garment sewing! Good fit starts with good sizing and grading. 

The whole process of deciding on the basic size, grading between sizes, making basic alterations can seem very complicated and mysterious. In this blog post, I'm going to break it down and help make it make sense. 

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Simple and Easy Pattern Weights

Simple and Easy Pattern Weights

Pattern weights are an essential tool when tracing a pattern, and if you’re on Team Rotary Cutter, to keep the paper and fabric from shifting as you trace or cut.

Pattern weights can be anything small and heavy; cans, wooden blocks, rocks, spare scissors or cutlery, and, you know, actual pattern weights.

Pattern weights don’t have to be expensive or difficult to make either. Here’s a super simple way to make custom pattern weights.

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How to Trace a Pattern

How to Trace a Pattern
There are several good reasons to trace your pattern pieces rather than cutting into your tissue. In this blog post, we examine those reasons and show how to accurately trace a pattern. 

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