How to Sew Flat Stitching or Understitching

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The flat stitching (or understitching) is sewn to keep facings and linings from peaking out, especially around necklines and armholes and around the waist on a lined skirt to stop the lining riding up. It also means that when turned and pressed, the seam line tends to favor the inside of the garment.

Stevie Jacket & Jema Dress tutorial by Anne Kowalski

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An outfit for Mom: Style Arc Stevie Jean Jacket and Style Arc Jema Panel Dress

Meet my mom! She is Sallie’s favorite person in the world. I love the look Sallie is giving in this photo – she’s totally saying “my parents are so embarrassing!” (BTW can you believe these two kids have been married 56 years?) Neither the Style Arc Stevie (note: affiliate link) nor the Style Arc Jema (note: affiliate link) are something I would make for myself, as I… Continue Reading On clothingengineer.com

Paris Tote Bag Sew-Along With Ann

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Style Arc Paris Tote Bag

I don’t normally sew handbags. (In general I’m not a craft or home decor sewer.) But lately I’ve been wanting something classier than my old nylon L.L.Bean bag. In addition to being turned off by the high prices retailers demand for genuine leather bags, I realized that I wanted something more unique than what was being offered. That’s when I decided to make the Paris tote… Continue Reading On clothingengineer.com

Jett Jacket construction by Anne Kowalski

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Construction With right sides together fold back and press the front panel where marked on the pattern toward the inside of the garment (wrong sides together.) Now turn back the folded edges so right sides are together, but do not press. Starting from the folded edge, stitch across the top edge of the neck edge… Read More

Romy Anorak construction by Anne Kowalski

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Fabric Suggestions: Charmeuse, soft wool or any soft fabric of your choice. Trims: My suggestion: include “shock cord” and “elastic cord” as an alternative to”hat elastic”. It is easier for US-based customers to source. Helpful Hints: Cut out the pattern, taking note of the grainlines, maximum stretch, and the notes written on the pattern pieces… Read More

Poppy Zip Top construction by Anne Kowalski

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Fabric Suggestions: Light weight suiting, linen Helpful Hints: The back hem facing/ side hem facing seam is located about 2.7cm (1″) beyond the side back pleat seam. This is to minimize bulk at the pleat fold. Make sure to mark the notches at the hemline carefully on both the body panels and facing. Construction: Sew… Read More

Dotty Blouse construction by Anne Kowalski

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This clever pattern creates beautiful draping at the front while leaving the back as a regular shirt. Wear it with a cami or use a press stud to close the cross over at the front. You will love this top! Fabric Suggestions: Silk, crepe, viscose or you could use a jersey knit. Because of the… Read More

How to Finish the Neckline of your Garment

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This is quick & easy way to finish neckline of your garment. This method can be used on stretch & woven fabrics.With right sides together sew the short ends of the neck bandTurn to correct side & press the band in halfPin neckband to neck; once in place sew on matching notches.Fold neckband at centre… Read More

How to Sew a Collar and a Collar Stand

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This collar sewing tutorial will help you when sewing blouses, shirts and shirt dresses. This is basic Style Arc sewing tutorial covers how to sew a collar to a collar stand and a collar stand to a neckline. Follow the steps below to make the perfect collar! Step 1 Lay collar pieces face-to-face and stitch around the outer edge… Read More

How to Sew Tabs for Sleeve Splits and Neck Openings

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You can use this technique for sewing sleeve split tabs, neckline opening or stylised hem splits. This method is easy & will make your split neatly finished. Step 1 Sewing tabs is 80% preparation & pressing & 20% stitching. Step 2 Press outer seams of tabs. Step 3 Then fold in half & press. Make… Read More

How to Sew Pants Leg, Crotch and Side Seams

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The crotch seam should always be sewn this way to improve the crotch shape. Step 1 Sew the back and front inside legs together Step 2 Then stitch the back crotch seam from the back waist through to the front crotch and up to the front waist. Step 3 Sew the front and back outside… Read More

How to Sew a Fly Zip

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Step 1 Fuse noted pieces. Sew fly facing to right side crotch. Step 2 Turn to face & press. Set aside. Step 3 Sew zipper to left side crotch. Step 4 Cover zipper with bearer & sew. Turn to face & top-stitch close to seam. Step 5 Join left & right crotch seams up to… Read More

How to Sew Welted Pockets

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How to Sew Double Welt / Jetted Pockets Step 1 Fuse noted pieces. Lay welts on right side of a piece & stitch between notches. Step 2 Fold welts & cut main fabric forming corners at ends. Cut corners 2mm from seam. Step 3 Pull welts through cut & form neat binds at each end… Read More

How to Sew a Two Piece Sleeve

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Step 1 Pin top sleeve & under sleeve pieces together. Stretch undersleeve slightly to cover the top sleeve ease. Distribute the ease evenly. Step 2 Stitch seam from under sleeve, making sure there no tucks or pleats in the seam. Step 3 Pin & stitch the second seam. Step 4 Press all seams open.

How to Set a Sleeve in an Armhole

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Step 1 Make x3 rows of loose stitching on the sleeve cap only. Make sure the stitchings are located inside the seam allowance. Step 2 From the inside of the garment pin sleeve to armhole matching notches. Then start pulling the threads to gather the sleeve cap so it matches the armhole. Distribute ease evenly…. Read More

How to Sew Binding

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This is a quick & neat technique & you can use it to sew any type of binding – neck, armhole, hem, splits, etc… Step 1 Fold binding in half lengthwise & press. Step 2 Then fold seam allowance of one of the edges & press. Step 3 Pin & sew unfolded edge of binding… Read More

How to Sew a Neat Shirt Yoke

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Step 1 Sew shoulder seams of both top & inner yokes (sometimes front & back yokes are connected together into one piece). Step 2 Sandwich back piece between yokes & sew back seam. Step 3 Fold yokes upwards & press neatly. Step 4 Roll the whole back piece & pin to keep out of the… Read More

How to Sew In-Seam Pockets

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Step 1 Sew pocket facings to the pocket bags and press. Step 2 Sew pocket bags to main piece between notches. Turn back & press lower pocket bag only. Step 3 Lay top & lower pockets, pin and stitch the seam and around pocket bags. Make sure that seams and perfectly aligned. Step 4 Before… Read More

Pattern Adjustments – Adding to Sleeve Girth

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Step 1 Slash and square lines (A) and (B). Step 2 Open centre by pivoting pieces from points (A) and (B) – like shown on the diagram. Step 3 Square off hemline. And smoothen the shape of sleeve head. Step 4 The outer pattern measurements remain as original. And the cross head and the girth… Read More

Pattern Adjustments – Flat Seat

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Step 1 Use basic back leg pattern piece. This original pattern should measure up to your waist and hip measurement. Redraw this piece to work on as it is important to retain the original pattern piece to keep as a reference. The straight grain line is obtained by folding the pattern piece in ½ starting… Read More

How to Sew a Centre Back Vent

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Step 1 To create a neat corner Fold corner on 45 degrees, match notches & pin Step 2 Then using tailor’s chalk draw a line front the notches to the folded edge. Make sure the line is on 90 degrees from the folded edge. Then stitch along the line. Step 3 Trim access fabric; turn… Read More

How to Sew an Armhole and Neckline Facing

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Step 1. Connect side seams. Lay facing on top of main garment (right sides facing). Sew centre back, armholes & necklines stopping 5cm from shoulder seams. Step 2. Turn to face, press & understitch where possible. Step 3. Pull shoulder seams through inside, pin & sew shoulder seams. Step 4. Then pin & sew the… Read More

How to Sew an Invisible Zip

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Step 1. Turn zipper to wrong side & align with pattern edges. Step 2. Using tailor’s chalk make several marks on fabric & zip. These marks will help you to align zipper & fabric evenly when sewing zipper in. Step 3. Open zipper fully & place one edge of the zipper over edge of pattern… Read More

How to Level a Dress or Skirt

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How to Level a Dress or Skirt

Step 1. You need a set square & a mannequin, or body. Step 2. Put your dress on the mannequin or body if you don’t have a mannequin. Step 3. With your set square flat to the floor, mark with chalk where you would like the dress/skirt to be levelled to. Don’t forget to leave… Read More

Emily Knit Top Tutorial

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The Emily Knit Top is our free pattern of the month for July 2014. You get it free with every order – but only in July 2014. You just need to let us know what size you’d like in the comments box when you order. It would be a very a simple make if it… Read More

Summer Dress Patterns – A few of our Favourites

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While we’re in the depths of Melbourne’s winter, a lot of girls (mostly from the other hemisphere!) have been asking for tips for summer dress patterns. To get you started, I thought I’d show you a few of my favourites for beach holidays or lazy days by the pool. Who knows? Maybe it’ll help me escape winter for… Read More

Evening Dress Patterns, a Necessity

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Style Arc's Alisha Dress Pattern

There’s something special about things that sparkle and shine, flow and move. These are the things bring that bring richness and warmth into our lives. We have all opted to set aside one (at least!) outfit for those special occasions that call for pretty things to be flaunted. Simply knowing you have a beautiful, special and expensive… Read More

Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

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Easy Sewing Projects - Style Arc's Bella Wrap

Every day women (and men!) take up the time honored pursuit of sewing. With the steady beat of the sewing machine, the fabric softly slipping under fingertips and endless fashion possibilities, what is there not to love? Sadly many give the pastime up because it becomes more of a frustration than a relaxation, a burden instead… Read More

Harem Pants Patterns – Standing the Test of Time

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Style Arc's Hayley Harem Pants Pattern

For nearly two centuries harem pants remained mainly in the Middle East and I Dream of Jeanie episodes. Even today many people would not know what you are referring to if you mention “harem pants”, however they might know what “hammer pants” or “happy pants” are. Seldom seen in the last twenty years, harem pants… Read More

May 2014 Celebrity Style – Get the Look

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Celebrity Style Sewing Patterns May 2014

Some of us are heading into winter while others are heading into summer. We’ve pulled together a few celebrity style looks to inspire your next sewing project, no matter what season it is! You’ll find links to our sewing patterns below to help you complete the look. Victoria’s Autumn / Winter Look We love Victoria’s… Read More

The Versatile Wrap Skirt Pattern

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Shelly Skirt - Style Arc Wrap Skirt Pattern

Nothing adds more sophisticated flirt to your wardrobe than a pretty, flowing wrap skirt. It is a versatile pattern as it can serve any season by simply choosing the right fabric. Simple versions of this skirt are notorious for coming undone at the most inopportune times. This may leave you tempted to pass on such… Read More

Pencil Skirts, Picking the Best Pattern for Your Body

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Style Arc's Zoe Pencil Skirt Pattern

Sleek yet fun; classic yet modern; stylish in all the right ways; it is the pencil skirt. Ubiquitous in the 1950’s this skirt has it all. The beautiful thing about this skirt is that it looks good on nearly every body type; the catch is picking the right cut. Sewing your own skirt will allow… Read More

Fun in the Sun with Sundress Patterns

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Lazy Daisy Sundress Sewing Pattern - Style Arc

Since the 1960’s when long hair, bare feet and tassels ruled fashion, sundresses have been a staple in closets all across the world. These days you don’t have to be a hippie to like and wear sundresses. From the beach to a garden party, the movies to a dinner date, sundresses can be appropriate for… Read More

Sewing Patterns – New for Sewvember

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New sewing patterns from Style Arc - November 2013

Can you feel the excitement? The electricity in the air? IT’S SEWVEMBER! We’ve got three new sewing patterns available for Sewvember 2013. A biker jacket, a skirt which ties in with the jacket and an easy-fit narrow leg pant as our free pattern of the month. We thought it might be fun to take you through a… Read More

A Line Skirt Pattern Reflections

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The A Line Skirt is back. It's a hot 2013 trend!

The A Line skirt pattern has featured a few times in Style Arc’s range. Put simply, an A Line skirt is narrow at the waist, skims the hips and is full at the hem – just like the letter “A”. The magic of an A Line skirt is that it flatters a number of body… Read More

Shift Dress Pattern Inspiration

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Shift Dress Pattern - A Style Arc Classic

I just love the versatility of a shift dress pattern. It’s no surprise that there are a few shift dress patterns in the Style Arc range, each with their own distinctive design features. In this post I want to introduce two of our favourites, the Jodie and Martine. The shift dress has become a timeless… Read More