Sewing your own clothes is fun, super satisfying and over time you can build a wardrobe which fits your body perfectly and represents who you are. Here are some videos tutorials to help you master a tricky step or technique. If you have a suggestion for a video or if you are looking for specific advice contact us on the Facebook group.
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Pattern Project made-by-you kits come with a test square to help test your stitches. Use the test square, to check your machine tension is right and to get into the rhythm of sewing. Straight-stitch by properly aligning the needle to the seam guide every time.
SEWING STRONG SEAMS
Strong seams in a garment just hold everything together, ensure longevity, and also give a professional finish. Most made-by-you kits come with seam guides pre-marked and edges pre-pinked to help you finish fray-resistant seams easily. You can always zigzag stitch the seams for more resiliance.
SEWING A BOX-PLEAT
Box-pleats are pleats that face away from each other. Use the cut-outs and the dotted marking to sew a perfect box-pleat for your P1.1. You can increase or decrease the volume of your top by ironing the inner crease lines to open out the pleat.
SEWING IN A NECK-FACING
Facings, neaten, strengthen and support the outer edges of the garment. Under-stitching - holds the garment ‘under’. Use the notches and the snip-guides to sew a perfect facing for your P1.1
SEWING A DOUBLE-TURNED HEM
This hem is turned up twice to enclose all the raw edges of the fabric. Use double line guides to sew a perfect double-turned hem for your made-by-you kits. You can easily adjust the hem to suit your body length. To do this, try on the clothing and determine the correct length. Next, use the existing guides as points of reference to evenly turn up the hem and sew!
HOW TO FINISH A CURVED SEAM
This video shows how to finish a curved seam, like the one underneath the inset sleeve arm. You can use this for P1.1.
This is a sew-along video which shows all the steps involved in making P1.1.
SEWING A FRENCH SEAM ON A CURVE
A French seam is a seam which is sewn twice to enclose all the raw edges. It is easy to master once you understand the logic. In this video, Simon shows how to sew a French seam on a curve. It is a perfect accompaniment to Step 3 ‘French seam the inside leg’ for P2.1 the mens boxer shorts.
SEWING A FLY OPENING
Sewing a placket or a fly opening is the trickiest part of sewing boxer shorts. This video shows how to sew the perfect fly opening (or placket), to a high quality and with minimal effort for P2.1 Men's Boxers Shorts.
UNPICKING SEAMS EASILY
If you do make a mistake while sewing your Made-by-you kit - do not worry. Most seams are easy to unpick and ironing or rubbing over the holes re-aligns the warp & weft of the fabric - so that it looks as good as new. In this video, Miranda shows how to use a needle to unpick your seams entirely and unpick a pucker.