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I wasn’t sure whether I should add circle skirt patterns to my skirt tutorial series, as there are so many blog posts and videos about this theme already. But then again, the list of skirt styles wouldn’t be complete without them, so here we go! I added some extra variants to make it more interesting. Now you can forget about the basic skirt pattern. The circle skirt pattern is different and you only really need the waist measurement. Plus of course the total length of the skirt. What you do need instead, is a huge amount of paper, a compass, a tape measure and a calculator. These patterns require some calculations. The circle radius About the calculations… I’m not going to bore you much with theory. Just a quick explanation about why you see the 3,14 involved in the calculations. All the different circle skirt patterns are based on the…

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This week the skirt patterns are back! As anticipated, I’ll show you some pencil skirt pattern alterations. So if you love fitted skirts, this one’s for you. You’ll need the usual basic skirt pattern, and in most of the cases the starting point is the normal pencil skirt: I prepared 6 different versions for you. Many of them are easy. Let’s go in order. Button down skirt To get this pattern, you’ll need to do just a tiny alteration. Decide the size of buttons you want to use and then add the overlapping section at the centre front. It has to be a bit wider than the buttons. In my example the buttons are 3cm / 1,18in wide, so I added 4cm / 1,57in. The buttons will be exactly at the c.front -line. This means you add only half of the measure first. Then add the whole measure twice. This…

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Continuing with the skirt pattern alterations, this time I’m going to write about the flared and pleated skirts. If you don’t have the basic skirt block, you’ll find the instructions here. Or you can download the half scale basic skirt pattern from the side panel. There will be more color, as I figured I could use my fabric scraps to make the example skirts in half scale. Gathered skirt Probably the easiest one of the flared skirts is the gathered skirt. You could even just cut a large rectangle without any pattern and gather that, but you’ll get a better result by doing like this: Just ignore the darts and add as much volume as you like to the centre front and -back of your pattern. I just doubled the waist measurement. Also, you can add a bit of volume towards the hemline at the sides. In this case, the…

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I have been writing quite a few posts about Shingo Sato’s TR cutting school. So as you might know by now, each July-August there’s a challenge for those who have completed the online master class. A challenge consisting of various tasks to complete in order to pass. No instructions, just pictures. Last September I wrote a post about the latest TR Masters’ Challenge, which this time was split in two parts. The second part was going to be in December-January. So it started in mid-January and lasted for about 2 weeks. I was in the middle of a rather busy period, but incredibly managed to finish all of the 5 tasks. Each of them had the same theme: First mission The first task was the most simple one. Here you can see the recurring twisted element, that was actually a trompe l’oeil -effect. Meaning it’s not really twisted, but only…

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