How to thread a needle

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Today I would like to announce the start of a new series on blog. Sewing 101. In these series I would like to address basic sewing τechnics. My intention is to help those who want to pick up sewing. The most novice one. Even those that might not know how to thread a needle. Because, hey, everyone has the right to learn, right? And you have to start somewhere. So even though most of you have mastered the basics looong ago and many are experienced sewists by now, let these series become a good starting point for the aspiring seamstresses’ among us. I would really appreciate any suggestions or comment you have to help brig sewing closer to ever more people!

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What is a block?

Block Pattern

According to Winifred Aldrich:

” A block pattern is a foundation pattern constructed to fit an average figure. […] The designer uses a foundation pattern as a basis for making tie pattern for a design. They may introduce style lines, tucks, gathers, pleats etc.

The basic Block can be drafted to fit individual figures by using personal measurements.

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Emergency hemming

Have you ever rushed yourself to get dressed only to realize that your hem needs mending? Or that the skirt you sew to wear at that party still needs to be hemmed?

No?! Just me?

Materials

Well the thing is that, apart from being abusive to my clothes when I get dressed, I am also very picky about their length. My hem must, must barely touch the ground when I stand. Whatever the garment is just feels SO awkward if the fabric falls short. That is short to my standards. This means that each pair of trousers I own along with every maxi skirt, although lets be real these are numbered, is paired with specific shoes. I’ll let you imagine what happens when my shoe wardrobe is altered. By more than one pair!

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Essential sewing supplies

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Often times I hear women say that they would love to learn how to sew but they don’t know where to start. The amount of products and resources available is so vast that instead of sparkling their initial interest it makes them feel overwhelmed and discouraged.

Of course cost must be factored in. No one really wants to spend a hefty amount of money into starting a hobby only to realize soon after that she has absolutely NO interest in!

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3 years. Almost…

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Last week I took a deep breath and launched my own pattern company. It only took me three years.
I haven’t sewn a stitch since…
Though I do have plans for some new holiday garments. A girl can dream right?