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Shop Patterns & Fabric
Pattern Cutting Series Part 3 – Two Dart Bodice Block
Learn to draft your own blocks from your personal measurements
Rosa Batwing Top
An exclusive pattern just for our Silk Members
Eleanor Shirt Course
Eleanor is the perfect addition to you handmade wardrobe
Shirred Summer Dress
A quick and easy stash busting Project for Summer
Fabric Focus – Single Jersey
This is one of those easy to work with fabrics
Pattern Cutting Series – Part 4 – The one piece sleeve block
Now you have your bodice block we can create a sleeve to fit it.
Pattern Cutting Series – Part 5 – Trouser Block
Work on Getting Trousers to Work for you.
How to sew darts
Learn how to sew the perfect darts
How to sew Pintucks
Watch the video from the Helena Course to show you how to sew Pintucks.
Fabric Focus – Cotton Lawn
Cotton lawn is a beautiful fabric both to wear and work with.
Lovely dress, perfect for all seasons.
Juno Dress – without neck gathers
Juno Dress – Mitred Button Placket & Pockets
Juno Dress – Long Gathered Sleeves
Juno Dress – Long Straight Sleeves
Stylish jumpsuit to wear for all occasions
The Measurements you need for the 2 Dart Bodice Block
Follow the list of measurements you need for this block
Fabrics for Rosa
Choose the right fabrics for your Rosa top
Sleeve Block Prep
A bit of background and prep before you draft your sleeve
Trouser Block Measurements
Make sure you have all the measurements you need to hand
How to sew a Basic Dart
Basic Darts are the simplest to sew.
Suitable Fabrics for the Juno Dress
What will you make your Juno Dress in?
Use your basic Bodice and Sleeve blocks to create a new Kimono Block
Checking Your Cup Size
This will be your pattern cutting cup size!
Supplies for Rosa
What you'll need to make your Rosa Top
Supplies for the Eleanor Shirt
Everything you need to make your Eleanor Shirt
Sleeve Block Meaurements
Taking the measurements you need for the sleeve block
Drafting the Front Trouser Block
Build the foundations and draft the front
How to Sew a Fishtail Dart
Fishtail darts give shape through a garment
Everything you need to make your Gertrude Jacket
Supplied needed for Juno Dress
Jules will talk you through the supplies needed to make this style
Now you can use your Kimono Block to create the Dolman Sleeve
Drafting the Front Bodice
Let's start with the Front
Cutting and Marking Out
Cutting out and transferring the pattern information
a little bit of prep
A bit of prep before we start the Eleanor Shirt
Drafting the Sleeve block
Drafting the sleeve step by step
Drafting the Back Trouser Block
Now we can draft the back directly on top of the front
Pressing darts properly will make such a difference
Rotating or Moving Darts
There are a couple of different ways of moving or rotating darts
Change to look and fit of a garment easily with a Raglan Sleeve adaptation
Drafting the Back Bodice
Now we can look at the Back Bodice
A little bit of prep
Before we get started. . .
Making up the Shirt Back
Putting together the back pieces for the shirt
Drawing in the Sleeve head
Trouser Back Crotch Ease
Adding in some Crotch ease
Darts into Seams
Rotating darts into a vertical seam
Making Up The Front Pocket
Welt pockets are a wonderful feature, these even have gathers!
Tracing off the Pattern
Trace the pattern onto another sheet of paper
Rosa shoulders and neckband
Making up the neckband and attaching it
Making up the Front shirt
Attaching the front and yoke pieces
Transferring the balance marks
Trueing up the pattern
This is about making the pattern match up
Darts into Gathers
Darts can also be changed into other forms of suppression
Attaching The Sleeves
Raglan sleeves are easy to insert and look great.
Trueing up the pattern
True up the pattern to make sure it works
Making up the Waist tie
The waist tie is only one way you can finish the Rosa top
Attaching the Front and Back
Now let's attach the front and back.
Your Finished Sleeve Block
Making up the Back
Sewing up the back pieces
Darts onto Pleats
Darts can be used to create pleats as well
Adding a seam allowance
This is the cheats way to add seam allowance
Your finished Rosa Top
Well done on finishing your Rosa top!
Joining the Shoulders
Joining the Fronts to the back
More to come. . .
There is so much more you can create with darts. . . .
finishing the yoke
Now we can neaten everything up.
Making and attaching the collar
Now let's make up the collar and get it attached
Attaching the Sleeves
Sewing in the sleeves is very simple
Neatening the Neck and Front Edge
This is a neat way to finish the front edge as well as the insides too.
Your Finished Juno Dress
Well Done! You've finished your JunoDress
Sewing up the side seams
Now we can turn it into a proper shirt
Side Seams and Hem
Time to sew up the side seams
Making up and attaching the sleeves
Making up the two piece sleeve
Marking and sewing the buttons and buttonholes
We are on the home stretch now!
Finishing Your Gertrude Jacket
It's the finishing that can make all the difference
Your finished Eleanor Shirt
Now you have completed your Eleanor Shirt you can wear it with pride!
Your finished Gertrude jacket
Now you can wear your jacket with pride
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