Friday, 17 May 2019

PATTERN GRADING FOR FASHION DESIGN: How to learn to grade sewing patterns Part 1

What is Pattern grading?
Pattern grading is the process or technique of making a sewing pattern available in other additional sizes without redrafting each size from scratch; Grading is the method by which the pattern grader creates patterns for a whole range of sizes from the agreed base size. It is the task of grading to proportion those increments among the different parts or panels of the garment according to detailed, logical rules

Monday, 25 March 2019

Darted Versus Dartless Bodice Block

 Is the bust fitting and back shoulder fitting darts (as shown on Diagram A) always necessary?

A number of pattern drafting methods have you draft the bodice block with a bust fitting dart in front and sometimes a short shoulder fitting dart at the back. The bust fitting dart may be positioned during drafting at the corner of the shoulder (Natalie Bray); At the corner of the Neck (Aldrich) or at the waist (Armstrong). 

It is not all the time that a garment require a bust fitting dart. Instead of transferring the dart elsewhere where it would create unwanted fullness, why not start with a block that has eliminated that step (of transferring fullness) yet remains fitted?

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

It's been a while dear readers

Hello. It has been a really long time since I posted on here. Over a year! Not easy blogging.I really hope to get this blog going.

So a few months back Serena Williams wore this chic asymmetric pink dress to the Royal wedding and I really liked the dress so I decided to try a draft of the dress. I have not had the chance to sew up a sample.
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One of the most popular posts on this blog, is this Celeribity Hack post, so I will like to continue with that series like I said in the post. I posted this on Instagram, and it turned out to be my most popular Instagram post ever with lots of saves.

Watch out for the next post that that details my analysis of the style, drafting steps and sewing tips for the Serena Dress (as I like to call it).


Thursday, 6 July 2017

New Sewing Pattern Alert- The Bailey Bolero Jacket

So I said in a post last week, that this month of July will see a number of new pattern releases for your sewing pleasure. I also previewed one of the new patterns.

Yes the Bailey Bolero Jacket is here.
Bailey is a bolero jacket with high roll shawl collar that is convertible to a revers jacket if lined with shell fabric.
This classic jacket will instantly up-level any outfit you throw it on. This jacket, you may have guessed, is inspired by the Ralph Lauren outfit Melania Trump wore at the presidential inauguration. Most notable difference is that I opted for  set in sleeves instead of  raglan.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Aria Sewing Pattern Release

Yay! the Aria top is the SewExplicit Patterns latest sewing pattern. The Aria top features an underarm cowl and a basic round neck finished with a neckband.

This laid back style can be worn casually on a pair of jeans or lengthened to make a sassy short party dress. The Aria pattern is an easy make, quick sewing and it is suitable for beginners.
Aria is designed for knit fabric with enough vertical and horizontal stretch to wear without the need of fastening.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hello everyone and Happy new month. It has been a while. So I have been working on a set of new sewing patterns to be released this month of July. 

you remember this Melania Trump jacket I did a tutorial on  here ?
I have finally made up my version of the jacket, well not exactly. I ditched the raglan sleeve in favour of set-in sleeves.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Misses Basic Bodice Block Revised and Updated

Did you download our free bodice block? Oops I just noticed a little ish on the back bodice shoulder dart. The dart legs aren’t trued, that is when you close the darts, the back shoulder line doesn’t match up properly. Did you notice? My bad. I am sorry for this oversight and I have corrected it. I have brought down the old download link and here is the link to the revised and updated pattern in Size 10 only.
 Did you purchase the full size range, please check your email for download link for the updated version.

If you have downloaded any of our patterns, I would sincerely appreciate your feedback.


So the link I posted above is for the free trouser block and not the revised basic  bodice block. I am sorry once again. Here is the new link.