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Getting started with Japanese sewing patterns

How to... 29 September 2016
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There are loads of great Japanese sewing pattern books with amazing designs. Some of them have been translated into English and some are only available in Japanese. Almost all the books are organised in the same way: pictures of the clothes first, followed by diagrams and instructions for each project and, finally, a full-size pattern [...]

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Hong Kong finish for seams

How to... 15 August 2011
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This method for dealing with seam edges gives a very neat finish. It’s more time-consuming than some of the other methods as you need to cut bias strips of fabric, there are two lines of stitching for each seam and a lot of pressing but it does look nice… To start, cut 2.5cm-wide bias strips [...]

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How to check a pattern after drafting or alterations

How to... 26 March 2010
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If you’ve made lots of alterations to a commercial sewing pattern, or have just finished drafting a pattern from scratch, you should check it over before cutting out your fabric. You’ll need all the pattern pieces, a ruler or tape measure, a pencil, and a set square or something else with a right angle. Here’s [...]

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