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Pattern Review ~ The Stasia Dress by Sew Liberated

  Meet Stasia, a sewing pattern by Meg McElwee at Sew Liberated. From start to finish this dress was a joy to create. The pattern pieces and instructions are clear and easy to follow. I thought that it was very generous of Sew Liberated to include Tips for Sewing & Hemming Knits and I highly recommend reading the notes on "Fitting" if this is your first time working with Knits / Jersey. Meg offers a great explanation of negative ease.  The Stasia lines are simple yet interesting. The fit is flattering, ultra feminine and easy to wear. The most intriguing part of this design is the Basque waistline. The front of this dress drops below the waist to a subtle V,...

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How to Determine Your Size for Sewing Patterns

Ready to begin creating your very own handmade wardrobe? The first thing you need to do is learn how to take your correct measurements. Knowing your true measurements will allow you to choose the best silhouette and size. The last thing you want is to be half way through a garment only to realize that it's too big or worse yet, too small! So grab a tape measure, pen & paper, find a mirror and let's get started!                                                                  High Bust: Some patterns call for the high bust measurement. To determine this, the tape measure...

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Something New at DownTown Knits!

Last week we announced some new offerings to you our customers. We added Cotton+Steel, Sew Liberated, Merchant & Mills, Colette, Green Bee Design and Grainline Stuidos Patterns. These six fabric, pattern and notions-based companies are spearheading the store’s expansion from strictly knitwear into fashion and giving Triangle area sewers a local alternative for dressmaking supplies. With a focus on local and indie dressmakers, we sought out partnerships that would boast fabrics that were rich in unique, eclectic designs and patterns that were not only stylish and wearable, but also shape-conscious. Cotton+Steel’s premier line features strong, colorful vintage motifs. Sew Liberated, a design studio based out of Chapel Hill, will have all of its womenswear patterns represented in the shop. Merchant & Mills of the UK,...

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