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Petite Alterations: Armholes are Too Low

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armholes-are-too-lowEvery summer I try to shop for a staple sleeveless dress to make the hot days bearable. To my dismay and disappointment the armholes, more often than not, are almost to my waist and most of my bra is showing. When i first became cocky with my sewing skills I had no qualms about buying an off the rack garment with armhole issues, certain that I could fix it. Alas, … Read More →

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Petite Alterations: What You Can and Cannot Fix

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petite-problemsLet’s talk retail: So you are standing in the dressing room trying on the perfect outfit (perfect on the hanger). YOu look at the waist and it hits at a strange place. Also, the armholes are a little low and the hem is long.  Ever optimistic about your alteration skills, you dash to the checkout to purchase your latest and greatest project. No trip to the fabric store needed to … Read More →

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Introducing the Tonic T-shirt

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T-shirts are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. Even though they are easy to find in stores, it is hard to find the perfect tee that hugs the right areas, allows for maximum movement and, most importantly for petites, it is not a tunic and the neckline is not below your chest. Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns introduces: SB322 Tonic T-shirt. Just like tonic water, this style can be mixed with … Read More →

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How to add Gathers to a Garment

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SBCC-Patterns-gathering-demoI personally like to add gathering, or shirring to styles. it is a way to add extra dimension and also substitute darts on occassion (more on that to come later).  Many of the SBCC style incorporate gathering. For most sewers, adding a single line of basting thread seems sufficient, but for maximum control and a better end result follow the guidelines below

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Printed Patterns- Finding your Fit

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As mentioned previously, each pattern is printed to order. Because my speed demon printer does not have the time for fancy graphics and different line qualities. Each size is clearly labeled and for the most part each size is easy to differentiate. However, if you are having difficulties or worry about cutting along the wrong line, my suggestion is to take a highlighter or a marker and trace around your … Read More →

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