Category: Techniques

The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Basic Sewing Kit

Basic Sewing Kit

Basic Sewing Kit Sewing Machine: These vary in style and abilities. Some are computerised allowing for a multitude of different stitch combinations and designs. Most very old versions allow only for straight or zig-zag stitch whereas newer models can allow you to create embroidery stitches. All are threaded up and used in a similar way […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Inserting a Zip

Inserting a Zip

Use this way of inserting zips for use at necklines, center and front backs on tops and dresses. The zip is placed directly on a seam-line and will appear part concealed when complete. Machine baste the zip opening in the garment and press open. With the zip closed, lay it along the seam line, and […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Darts

Darts

Darts shape your garment and accentuate the features of the body, such as the bust, waist and mid-back. Depending on the style of your garment you can have them fitting close to the body or fitting loose to the body. Either way, they help turn a flat piece of fabric into a form fitting garment. […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Seam Maintenance

Seam Maintenance

There are many different seams for different fabrics, finishes and garments. You can stitch a garment without pins straight away if you are skilled, but in most cases it is advised to use pins. To correctly pin two pieces together for stitching, begin by inserting a pin at right angles to the seam line at […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Swimwear Construction Method

Swimwear Construction Method

Swimwear Construction Method How to sew a swimsuit. Use in conjunction with the swimwear block, which you can draft using one of the two books below. Create your pattern and cut two sets of it, using the same colour or different colours. This method produces a reversible swimsuit, concealing all seams. [xyz-ihs snippet=”dressmaking-book”] Swimwear is […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Lingerie Construction Method

Lingerie Construction Method

Lingerie Construction Method This is the method I have found best so far, I hope it works for you too! These are mainly created using the sewing machine, not with hand-stitching as it is much more durable. Saying that, should you wish to incorporate some delicate lace or appliqué, hand-stitching would be most appropriate. I […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Trouser Construction Method

Trouser Construction Method

Trouser Construction Method Some techniques you should be familiar with before starting: tailors tacks basting bar tack slip stitch catch stitch fell stitch hem stitch continuous speed tailors tack pockets You will need to draft a trouser block. I suggest using one of the below books to do this: [xyz-ihs snippet=”dressmaking-book”] Also take the time […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Dress Construction Method

Dress Construction Method

Dress Construction Method How to sew a dress. Use this as a guide. You may find it necessary to adapt or alter the sequence, but this is a standard, straight-forward way to put a dress together. Some techniques you should be familiar with before you start: back stitch blind stitch catch stitch even basting fell […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - Tailored Jacket Construction Method

Tailored Jacket Construction Method

Tailored Jacket Construction Method How to sew a jacket or coat. There are many stages that go into creating a jacket or coat. It is time consuming and fiddly! But well worth-while. You will need to draft a jacket or coat block firstly. I suggest using one of the following books to do this; [xyz-ihs […]

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The Tailoress PDF Sewing Patterns - How to Take Body Measurements

How to Take Body Measurements

How to take body measurements. If you are planning to make a garment for yourself using your personal measurements, it is important to have someone else measure you. It is otherwise impossible and you run the risk of taking inaccurate measurements which will lead to you creating something that doesn’t fit. When taking measurements for […]

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