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  • Tutorials

    The Colette Patterns Pants Fitting Cheatsheet

    …Adjustment) Excess fabric hanging vertically around the hips Narrow hips Remove width at the side seams (see Wide or Narrow Hip Adjustment) Back and Butt Symptoms Potential Issue Adjustments Excess…

  • Tutorials

    Some pants fitting basics

    …and gaping across the waistband. This may require both adjusting the waistband and the sway back alteration. This article is full of different types of adjustments, including sway back adjustment…

  • Inspiration

    Choosing the right fabric: Clover

    …the Fall Palette Challenge. Stretch This pattern calls for fabric with 1-3% lycra (AKA spandex). This isn’t because the pants have negative ease (i.e. smaller than your body measurements). It’s…

  • Finished Projects

    Fall Palette Challenge Week 2: Glowing Clover

    …outer pieces to the underlining with right sides together along the vertical seams, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then turn them right sides out, press, and sew your seams with…

  • Tutorials

    Corded Pintuck Tutorial

    …it looks a-okay, practice sewing some designs! This part is so fun! First, draw on a few simple designs with a fabric marker and then sew as you normally would….

  • News

    Seamwork 22: Power Dressing

    …Neenah is a classic turtleneck dress, appropriate for both the office and cocktails. Its body skimming shape and knit construction make this dress as easy to wear as it is…

  • Finished Projects

    Blue Clovers with welt pockets

    …said pants in this same shade of bright true blue. It was only later that day that she discovered, to her horror and everyone’s amusement, that these pants had PADDING…

  • Tutorials

    Tutorial: Sewing A Fly Front

    …lots of photos, how to sew a fly front. This type of zipper installation is usually seen on jeans, pants and shorts. Though sometimes you might see it on a…

  • Finished Projects

    What We Made: Volume 7

    …dress is less fitted when it’s the middle of July. Pattern: Sway Dress by Papercut Patterns Fabric: Echino Huedrawer Sateen What was your original inspiration for this project? How did…

  • Studio

    What could go wrong?

    …harem pants. It was awful. I adjusted as best I could, and then resigned myself to the idea that they were total wadders, and it was 100% my own laziness…

  • Finished Projects

    Featured Seamstress: Rachel

    …of the time. Breastfeeding makes those kinds of outfits near impossible. This outfit has therefore been my ‘uniform’ of late. It is flattering and stylish, yet totally practical. I was…

  • Wardrobe Architect

    Wardrobe Architect – Plan Your Sewing!

    …such as jackets and leggings, are quietly being traded out for pretty spring dresses. Seasonality varies so much worldwide; if you are south of the equator summer may be winding…

  • News

    Issue 24: Stay at Home

    …This humble sewing master shares her story, tips, and industry techniques, by Katie Whittle. Block Paper Scissors: Turn Charlotte into a nightgown with side slits, by Anna Aguirre. Creative Risks:…

  • Finished Projects

    What We Made Volume 5

    …some long gloves to cover my wrists. What did you learn? I was reminded just how confusing vintage pattern instructions can be. Seriously, some of these instructions made no sense,…

  • Finished Projects

    What We Made Vol. 3

    …So finding something with an exciting texture was key. Anna’s Sunny Hawthorn Finally, meet Anna! Anna’s just joined us as a production assistant, helping to prepare and layout patterns. She’s…

  • News

    Seamwork Issue 10

    …sprawling city with Christine Haynes. Block Paper Scissors: Transform a basic block into a fitted bodice with curved S-shaped princess seams and a contoured waistband. By Devon Iott. Handmade Beauty:…

  • Finished Projects

    Fall Palette Challenge Week 3: Chevrons and velvet

    …for this challenge Week 1: Golden floral lonsdale: The first dress for the challenge, a special anniversary dress. Week 2: Glowing clover: And my second project, some Clover pants for…

  • Inspiration

    Detail Inspiration: Trousers

    …As a continuation from last week’s post in celebration of the new patterns release, I’ve got an inspiration post with some fantastic ideas that would mesh well with the…

  • Finished Projects

    Palette Challenge: Wide legs and deep pockets

    …wrinkling action that linen is known for. I’m wearing them with a coral pink silk sorbetto. My only challenge with these pants was the length. I think wide leg pants