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How’s your Make Nine -challenge proceeding? Finished some garments, yet? I’ve now done two, a faux fur hat and a checked dress. The last post was all about the process of drafting the said dress pattern, making a toile and correcting the pattern. After that it was time to sew the actual dress! Here’s the story. Getting the fabric My original plan was to make a checked dress using a heavier weight wool fabric. Just like in the picture I found on Pinterest. But as it happens, it’s not winter anymore and I kind of wanted to use the dress now. So I figured I’d pick a lighter weight wool. I was still going to find a checked black and white fabric. I mean, how hard can it be… right? Famous last words and of course I wasn’t able to find exactly what I was looking for! I didn’t like…

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to draft your own skirt patterns? Well, I’m going to help you get started on that. Last time I wrote about how to draft the basic skirt block using your own measurements. Did you manage to get yours done? Or maybe you had one already. Even if you don’t have the pattern at the moment, I got you covered! I added a free half-scale basic skirt pattern (size S) pdf for you to download. This way you can practice skirt pattern alterations with that. In any case, this is where the fun part starts! The part where the basic skirt turns into any skirt style you want. But let’s do some simple skirt pattern alterations first. Dart manipulation As you might already be familiar with dart manipulation, that will be a great way to start altering the pattern. Just like with the bodice,…

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This year I’m participating in the #makenine -challenge. I wrote about my plans a month ago or so, and now I’m going to present to you the first item I finished! As promised, I started with the Doctor Zhivago -style faux fur winter hat. I think the official name would be a colbacco hat. I was trying to finish it earlier, but time flew by too fast! Now it’s already February, so in the end I don’t have many weeks left to use it this winter. (Here in Italy the coldest period won’t last that long..) But there’s always next winter then. I had wanted to try sewing a hat for while and this one didn’t seem too difficult. It doesn’t even have a brim! I found a book called Design & make fashion hats by Karen Henriksen and among other cool designs there were instructions on how to make…

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It’s time for another sewing-project! There’s already a pincushion and a zipper pouch. Now I’m adding a tote bag tutorial to the list. To make it more interesting, this bag has a pleated motif as a decoration. As usual, you can download the free pdf-pattern from the side panel. Here’s what the file looks like. You can see all the pieces. The pleated motif has 1 cm | 3/8 in. seam allowance. The rest is up to you, but I added suggested seam allowances to each piece. Choice of fabric and cutting the pieces You can make the whole tote bag in same color, or use a different color for the pleated motif like I did. Choose any fabric you like, but this being a bag, a bit heavier fabric is better. You also have to be able to press the pleats nicely. Cotton is probably the easiest choice. Cut…

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