In Fitting Fashion

  • The Front Placket Tutorial

    Inserting a front placket can be challenging.  It definitely requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills but with practice and patience anyone can achieve a professional looking placket.  I suggest doing a trial run (or two) if this technique is new to you.

    Here is the method used to insert the front placket into the Diana blouse pattern.

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  • New Patterns and an Update

    In spite of the beautiful weather we're having here in Victoria BC, I am managing to get some work done.  British Columbia's west coast is notoriously rainy for most of the year so when the sun is shining, one is obligated to be outdoors!  To take advantage of the warm weather and to keep things moving for In-House Patterns, I've been patio-pattern-making!  There is something very inspiring and energizing about just changing your surroundings especially if it is a bright, beautiful sunny day!   New Patterns! We've got two new patterns available - Jenny and Ellen.  Both patterns are really...

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  • The Kimono Tee Small Bust Adjustment

    Today I have prepared step by step instructions for making a Small Bust Adjustment specifically for the In-House Patterns Kimono Tee.  Since the Kimono Tee pattern has been developed specifically for a D-Bust cup size, a smaller cup size will require a pattern adjustment to reduce some of the volume that will be present over the bust area.  Don't fret, the fix is so easy!   Step One:  Draw in the slash lines to prepare for the pattern adjustment. Step Two:  Cut along the slash lines leaving a hinge at the side seam.   Step Three:  Overlap the pattern sections as...

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  • Pattern Making Musings

    Gosh it's been a while hasn't it?  It's been a challenging few months but I wanted you to know that things are still happening around here just not as quickly as I had hoped.   As you may already know I am an Instructor in the fashion department at a local post secondary school.  This year I took on several new courses and have been spending nearly every available moment planning the course content and projects for this year's students.  I tend to put a lot of time and energy into planning because I feel that it's important for the...

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  • The Cowl Front Neck Drop Adjustment

    Yesterday I got a great question from Marta who recently purchased the Cool Cowl Tank pattern:

    "I just purchased your cowl neck pattern. I was so pleased that your patterns are made for a D cup. Now that the pattern is made up I have a problem. The drape is so low that the bottom band of my bra shows:-( So, I looked up one of your blogs to see what to do about it. Your solution is to fold out (or overlap) from the CF waist. But this will reduce the front bust circumference, and I can't "afford" to make it any tighter across the bust. Is there any other way to raise the drape? I can wear the top, but have to pin it together to keep the drape from revealing more than is modest."

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