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. Sew lines with different shapes, properly aligning the needle to the seam guide every time.
SEWING A ROUND NECK PLEAT
This pleated neckline creates a geometric, minimal point of interest for the P2 dress. Use the line-markings to fold the neckpiece and then follow Natasa’s step by step instructions to create your own version.
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 resilience.
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.
HOW TO FINISH A CURVED SEAM
This video explains 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.
ANOTHER WAY TO SEW A BOX PLEAT
Box-pleats are pleats that face away from each other. Use the dotted marking to sew a perfect box-pleat for your P3. Add an additional flair by top-stitching a line of horizontal stitches or sewing a complete triangle. You can increase or decrease the volume of your top by ironing the inner crease lines to open out the pleat.
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 explains how to use a needle to unpick your seams entirely and unpick a pucker.
SEWING A FLY OPENING
Sewing a placket or a fly opening is the trickiest part of sewing boxer shorts. This video explains how to sew the perfect fly opening (or placket), to a high quality and with minimal effort for P2.1 Men's Boxers Shorts.
SEWING IN A 'KIMONO-STYLE' NECK TRIM
Are you looking to sew-in a deep-V shaped neck trim for a kimono-style jacket or complete your P3 duster? Follow along as Shruti explains how you can sew-in a neck-trim with ease.
SEWING A YOKE WITH PLEATS
A yoke is a way to add shaping to the back of a shirt. This tutorial by Needle+Cloth explains how you can attach a yoke, and sew the side pleats easily.
PREPARE WAIST TIES AND NECK TRIM
How to quickly and easily create waist ties and neck trim for the P3 kit.
SEWING BRIEFS & BOY SHORTS
This is a sew-along video which shows all the steps involved in making the P5 kit
TOP STITCHING A POCKET
Well-stitched pockets help make a garment functional. This tutorial by Needle+Cloth explains how you can top-stitch any pocket onto your dress / jacket or shirt - neatly and easily.
SEWING BUTTONS AND BUTTON HOLES
This video explains how to attach two buttons to the P2 top.
MAKING AND ATTACHING A NECK FACING
This video explains how to attach a facing to a P2 top.
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.
Truly satisfying to sew and wear.