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Something more practical again: how to draft a summer dress pattern starting from a basic bodice block. Which means, the #makenine -challenge is back! I was checking the list of garments I was going to sew this year and saw 2 pieces that were supposed to be worn in the summer. There was a shirt and a dress. I already missed the season with my trench and wasn’t going to let that happen again. So here we go with the dress! Maybe next month I can still get the shirt done. Features of the dress I got the idea for this dress from Pinterest but ended up modifying the original so completely that there’s no sense even adding the picture here. The only thing I left, was the high-low shaped tulip skirt. Just to have a reference, here’s the finished dress: I was going for a flowy look, as the…

Writing the blog post about Fabric Manipulation books gave me an idea for this tote bag. I really love the texture and structure the pin tucks create, so I decided to fill half of the bag surface with them! As you can imagine, the project turned into a true pin tuck exercise. Sewing this tote requires a certain amount of precision and patience. If you feel like giving it a go, you can get a free pdf pattern to download here: In case you want to draft the pattern yourself, you will find the blog post on pleats useful, because adding tucks to a pattern works exactly the same way. It’s just that the tucks are much tinier. Cutting the tote pieces I made my tote with a fake jeans -type of fabric. I think it must be medium weight cotton or similar. As the pin tucks create some bulk,…

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There haven’t been any sewing projects on my blog for quite a while. So I say we fix that right away. This project evolved from my curiosity towards zero waste fashion. And from a need of an apron I had while working with fluffy fabrics. An apron seemed like a perfect first approach to zero waste patterns. I don’t know if you’re familiar with zero waste fashion, but the basic idea is that you utilize the whole fabric without throwing any piece of it away. This causes some challenges in the pattern design, because the various pattern pieces need to fit together perfectly, like pieces of puzzle. This being my very first attempt, the pieces are really plain rectangles and triangles. I threw in some folds and pleats to make the design a bit more interesting. Materials and the pattern To make this apron, you’ll need a 150cm x 50cm…

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Today I want to talk to you about a book called Patternmaking with Stretch Knit Fabrics by Julie Cole. Maybe you’ve already heard of it.? It was published in 2016 by Fairchild Books. I actually got this book over a year ago as a reference for knitwear patterns, but I’ve been so good at avoiding knitwear, that I only recently picked it up from the bookshelf and started reading. It was more in the spirit of conquering new ground. The result: now I’m really tempted to experiment with knits! It’s such an amazing book! So of course I decided to write a blog post about it, too. It’s been a while since I wrote a review anyways. General notions Patternmaking with Stretch Knit Fabrics is a beautiful, hardcover, spiral bound book. It has a total of 416 pages with hundreds of pictures and illustrations. I think it’s a complete package;…

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