In Fitting Fashion

  • 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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  • Blossom Blouse Review

    After seeing the beautiful version of the Belle Bow Blouse made by Katrina at Susie Homemaker, MD, I asked if she would be willing to stitch up the Blossom blouse.  I'm so glad she agreed because once again, she did a beautiful job!            You can find her review of the pattern by following these links: In-House Patterns:  Blossom Blouse Pattern Review   *side note:  I gave Katrina the non-overlapping page version to test but the pattern is now only available in the original format with overlapping page margins due to popular demand.  I will be working...

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  • Claire: The Perfect Pair

    Yes!  It's another new pattern!  You have just enough time to stitch these up before heading out to the beach, gathering on the patio with friends or taking off for your summer vacation.  Introducing Claire:   An essential in every summer wardrobe, this perfect pair of classic tailored shorts feature a concealed waistband closure, fly front zipper, knife pleats and functional slash pocket detailing.  The styling is clean and uncluttered making these shorts great under fitted tees and tanks but also makes for quick cutting and sewing. The waistband is contoured (curved) and sits approximately 2" below the natural waistline...

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  • The Blossom Re-Launch

      Once you realize you've made a mistake it's often best to admit it, correct it and move on. The Mistake: After some very welcome and poignant comments regarding the printing format of our new pattern Blossom, I spent the last few days testing different printing methods and assembly options and was compelled to make the change back to our original format.  I made the mistake of assuming that everyone disliked the process of assembling the PDF pattern and that all printers behave the same.  I should have known better and done more testing! The Correction: One absolutely great thing...

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