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I have received lots of requests for a basic bodice pattern tutorial. It took me a while to finish this, because I didn’t want to copy any existing methods directly from a book. Instead, I made my own version, mixing a few different methods. That of course meant testing a bunch of them to see what would work the best. The idea was to create the most simple pattern I possibly could without that effecting the result. It doesn’t mean this is an easy pattern, especially for beginners. I know drafting the basic pattern blocks can be difficult and the bodice with darts isn’t the easiest among them. But once you have your very own made-to-measure basic bodice pattern, the reward is that you can turn it into a variety of different tops, shirts and dresses! And that is the fun part. If you feel like you’re not ready for…

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So last tutorial was all about ruffles. Now it’s time to talk about flounces! While ruffles have to be gathered, flounces remain smooth at the seam line. There are various ways to construct the flounce pattern and you’ll discover the how-to of each by going through this tutorial. I also added a few projects so you can see how to add the flounces in a garment pattern. Circular flounce Let’s see the circular flounce pattern first. You can make a full circle or a half circle, depending on the amount of flare you’re looking for. The pattern is pretty much exactly like that of the circle skirt. In the most simple case, the inner circle of the pattern is the flounce length. The calculation So measure the target length for the flounce and divide it by 3,14. This gives you the radius needed for a half circle. But for a…

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It’s been a while, but here’s the third part of the series introducing TR Cutting Masters from around the world. Check out the previous parts here and here if you missed them! Vidya Vivek Vidya Vivek is a fashion educator from India. She showed interest for fashion already at a young age and loved making clothes for her dolls. Vidya realized having skills for design and decided she wanted to go study Fashion. Vidya finished her studies in Costume Design in 1997 and since then has also obtained various other degrees, including MA in Sociology, MSc in Apparel Technology and PhD in Apparel Design. Vidya’s urge for sharing knowledge got her interested in opening a school for fashion studies and today she owns a niche fashion school called Vidya Fashion Academy where she mentors NIFT students for advanced pattern making. She has been awarded Gold Medal by the Former president…

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This must be the worst timing ever, but I finished the trench coat! As you might know, I started making it almost 2 months ago as part of the Make Nine -challenge. Then work happened and I didn’t have any time to continue until now. To be honest, I was very tempted to finish it in the autumn as there’s no way I’m going to be using any kind of coat now. It’s over 30 degrees (Celsius) outside! But then I thought it’s best to finish it before starting any new projects, so here we go. At least it’s ready for the next season… The Trench Lining This is where we left off last time. I was going to add the seam allowance and then draft the facing- and lining. So I added 1cm (0,39in) of seam allowance all around, except at the centre front and neckline, where I added…

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