Sewing Tutorials

Signature Box Top - Laying Out Your Pattern

Laying out your pattern correctly is one of the most important steps of the garment construction process. Now that your fabric is pre-washed, cut on grain, ironed, and blocked, you may now begin to place your pattern pieces on your fabric. Lately I have been enjoying sewing my selvages together (instead of pinning) as it also helps iron out wrinkles that happen to congregate around the selvage. OK, lets get started. Roughly lay out all of your pattern pieces referring to the pattern layout guide in your tutorial. Do this first to make sure they will all fit. Place bodice...

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Sewing Machines - Nuances You Should Know About

Thread Tension - Your sewing machine should have balanced thread tension, this will yield a balanced stitch aesthetically as well as physically. Thread tension can be adjusted by the top thread and the bobbin thread. It is best to first troubleshoot with the top thread tension. Stay tuned for a more in depth tutorial on troubleshooting thread tension), but for now just know it is a thing, and it is important! Foot Pressure - You most likely will not need to play around with your foot pressure, but know if you are having trouble getting over bulky seams, or your...

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Signature Box Top Glossary

Please utilize this glossary to assist navigating the Signature Box Top Pattern as well as Simple Box Top Construction Instructions.   Pattern Terminology Grainline -  Refers to the direction of the lengthwise grain on your fabric and indicates how you place your pattern piece on the fabric. A grainline on a pattern piece always follows the warp and runs parallel to the selvedge. This will be a long line with arrows on your pattern piece. Seam Allowance – Seam allowance is the distance (usually in 1/8’’ increments) between the fabric edge and stitch line when two materials are sewn together. Seam...

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Making Your Own Bias Strips

Preparing Bias Strips Your pattern may leave excess space for creating a stash of bias strips/tape. This is a great way to utilize excess fabric. The Third Born Simple Box Top will have a decent sized square for you to utilize to make your own bias strips. Cut strips on the true bias (45 degrees from the selvage) by using a clear ruler to draw 1 inch parallel lines with a pen. "FriXion Pens" are a great option as they erase with heat from an iron. You can easily order FriXion pens online or find them in the "office" section of...

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Signature / Simple Box Top - Customization

Customizing your pattern is one of the many benefits of choosing to sew your own clothing. The Simple Box Top offers simple built in methods for customizing your garment fit in terms of sleeve width (sleeve opening) and overall garment length. Your pattern will have "slash and spread" dashed lines on your pattern. You can simply adjust the width of your sleeve by cutting through the "slash and spread" line and uniformly adding space or removing space. You can maintain the total height of the original garment by doing the opposite adjustment to your bodice "slash and spread" line. For...

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