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Best tips and tutorials of 2013

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Every year, I try to round up some favorite posts from the blog (see my 2012 roundup last year).

For this year, I wanted to simply pull out some of the great tips and tutorials we’ve had on the blog, in case you missed them.

January:

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How to track your wardrobe (+ free template)

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Readers’ tips on books for absolute beginners

Organizing your needles with DIY needle drawers

Magnetic tool organization

Organize your buttons

April:

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Tips from our readers on dealing with weight fluctuations

June:

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Hemming a curved edge by machine

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Summer packing made easy

July:

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Full and Small bust adjustments (part of the Hawthorn Sewalong)

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How to split a dart for a full bust

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Wide or narrow shoulder adjustments (part of the Hawthorn Sewalong)

August:

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Make a crop top from a dress pattern

September:

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5 tips for sewing delicate fabric

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How to care for your handmade clothing

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How to sew perfect, pretty pleats

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Kristen’s DIY Cat tree!

October:

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How to maintain your sewing machine

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How to mark and sew darts quickly

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5 simple blanket stitch variations

November:

How to create adjustable straps

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5 tips for sewing waxed canvas

December:

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Video: How to square the bottom of your bag

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

Comments 5

claudette

Do you have a tutorial the different types of pockets? I am interested in the money pocket design. Thanks, C.V.F.

Emma

Hey, i was wondering how you put darts on a pattern youve made yourself and how far they go down.

Hryssoula M.

Hi, Colette!

I love your patterns, and I have the oolong dress. I am a DD cup and I was wondering how to do a FBA for that particular dress. I don’t want to experiment with the fabric, I’d rather do that on paper.

I’d appreciate the advice.

Thank you for the lovely patterns!

H.M.

Sarai colettepatterns.com

Hi! We don’t have a tutorial on that particular pattern, but I can add it to my list.

Basically, what you need to do is (1) convert the front gathers into a dart, (2) do a standard FBA, except that the dart will be horizontal instead of vertical.

In the end, the center front of the bodice will be longer and you will gather it more, giving more fullness around the bust. I’ll try to get this as a tutorial at some point.

Hryssoula M.

This makes perfect sense!

Thank you so much :)

Hryssoula

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