Sewing Tips and Tricks

Sewing tips and tricks for anyone who can sew or who'd like to learn to sew. These tips include ideas and instructions on pattern drafting, pattern cutting…
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You only need three different fabrics to create period pants!
You'll need 3 technical fabrics to make your period pants work effectively - A moisture wicking fabric for the gusset lining, an absorbant fabric for the inner layer and a waterproof fabric to stop the knickers leaking. If you'd love to learn how to make your own period pants that fit you and your body shape perfectly then my new online course is for you! (It's suitable for beginner sewers too!) Introducing - Perfect Period Pants 🩸
How to save time sewing lingerie
Don’t get me wrong I love cotton! ☁️ And whilst it’s soft against the skin, and is a natural fibre, it also holds onto moisture. Whilst this is excellent for the absorbent layer of the period panty/pad, it’s not so great for the lining against the skin as it will stay wet, making it feel very uncomfortable when wearing. A lot of sports performance fabrics are synthetic which wick away moisture from the body and the fabric does not hold onto the moisture, but these are usually polyesters... Sports, Body, Wrong, Liner, Natural, Period, Performance, Panty Liner, Wet
Best fabric to use for a period panty liner
Don’t get me wrong I love cotton! ☁️ And whilst it’s soft against the skin, and is a natural fibre, it also holds onto moisture. Whilst this is excellent for the absorbent layer of the period panty/pad, it’s not so great for the lining against the skin as it will stay wet, making it feel very uncomfortable when wearing. A lot of sports performance fabrics are synthetic which wick away moisture from the body and the fabric does not hold onto the moisture, but these are usually polyesters...
If you're sewing your own lingerie, learn how to make your bra creations prettier with a scallop edge lace! I have created a YouTube Video tutorial to show you how to adapt your pattern pieces to do exactly that! Youtube, Bra Pattern, Bra, Pattern Cutting, Neckline, Soft Cup Bra, Cutting, Scallop
Pattern Cutting Lace for a bra
If you're sewing your own lingerie, learn how to make your bra creations prettier with a scallop edge lace! I have created a YouTube Video tutorial to show you how to adapt your pattern pieces to do exactly that!
Fabrics to use in lingerie sewing
These 6 fabrics are commonly used in lingerie sewing so whether you are a beginner sewer or an advanced sewer, you know exactly what to look for in the fabric shop. If you’d like to dive in further to lingerie sewing then grab my free Poppy high waist knicker pattern to get you started…
It's easy to make your own period pants with my new course designed specifically for beginners! Picture this - 💭 You have a drawer full of period pants that are suitable for your personal flow and body shape. 💭 You have the skills to whip up more period knickers in styles and fabrics you LOVE. No more settling for itchy pads or period pants that make you feel frumpy. 💭 You feel confident in your own body during your period! Sounds like a dream right? Let's make it happen! Trousers, Sewing Lessons, Body Shapes, Pants, Beginners
Make your own sustainable period pants!
It's easy to make your own period pants with my new course designed specifically for beginners! Picture this - 💭 You have a drawer full of period pants that are suitable for your personal flow and body shape. 💭 You have the skills to whip up more period knickers in styles and fabrics you LOVE. No more settling for itchy pads or period pants that make you feel frumpy. 💭 You feel confident in your own body during your period! Sounds like a dream right? Let's make it happen!
Breastfeeding Sewing Projects | Hacks Clothes | Pattern Drafting Techniques
Adaptive sewing patterns for new mummas! The advantages of being able to draft your own sewing patterns will never cease to amaze me. Is one of your 2024 dreams to master drafting your dream wardrobe? If so then check out my FREE masterclass over on my Instagram @thesewingretreat
2 Methods To Add Seam Allowance To Your Darts | Pattern Drafting Techniques | Tutorials
2 Methods To Add Seam Allowance To Your Darts. LEarn pattern drafting techniques. Find out WHEN and HOW to use both methods over on my YouTube channel.
FREE Masterclass | Learn How To Start Creating Your Own Sewing Patterns | Pattern Making Techniques
Click to grab your spot. Learn how to create your own sewing patterns with my free masterclass. From step by step pattern drafting tutorials to top tips, come & start your pattern cutting journey now. Come away with the knowledge to start easily creating your own sewing patterns, learn about the 3 mistakes that are stopping you from creating dream sewing patterns & learn the exact process I use to go from an image I've seen on Pinterest to a sewing pattern, to the garment I'm actually wearing.
Couture sewing sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But with a little practice, taking it slow and a few techniques under your belt, it isn’t. Your iron is an essential tool for fine sewing, especially with heavy linen fabrics. Pressing does matter! #sewingtutorial #sewingproject #annnormandydesign #sewingpattern Belts, Sewing 101
Sewing Patterns | Ann Normandy Design
Couture sewing sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But with a little practice, taking it slow and a few techniques under your belt, it isn’t. Your iron is an essential tool for fine sewing, especially with heavy linen fabrics. Pressing does matter! #sewingtutorial #sewingproject #annnormandydesign #sewingpattern
Start Creating Your Own Sewing Patterns | 4 Steps Helping You To Draft & Annotate Your Patterns
After reading this you will be ready to start creating your dream wardrobe. This guide includes links to bodice blocks to get you started and pointers to help get those cogs turning. Start creating the patterns for the clothes you have always dreamed of owning! This is part 2 of a 4 part blog series so we've got you covered, from design through to drafting your own patterns and making your own clothes. There's also a FREE eBook that is full of great information. Enjoy reading and learning lots!
Learn how to create your own tops and shirts sewing patterns with this easy to understand, online course.  The course is self-paced and comes complete with the pattern blocks you'll need to start designing!  Declare your wardrobe independence today!  #patterncutting #patterndrafting #onlinecourse #howtopattercut #sewingpatterns Tops, Shirt Sewing Pattern, Sewing Clothes
Pattern Cutting | The Sewing Retreat
Learn how to create your own tops and shirts sewing patterns with this easy to understand, online course. The course is self-paced and comes complete with the pattern blocks you'll need to start designing! Declare your wardrobe independence today! #patterncutting #patterndrafting #onlinecourse #howtopattercut #sewingpatterns
Learn how to draft your own patterns with this free eBook course! Get more from your sewing projects
Learn the basic foundations of patter drafting with this free eBook today! Download it on your tablet, iphone or laptop and learn more about pattern drafting, pattern cutting tools, seam allowance, hem allowance, pattern blocks, sloppers and so much more. get more from your sewing projects and release your creative potential in sewing and dressmaking. #pattern #cutting #drafting #grainline #slopper #drafting #patterndrafting #hem #seam #sewing #homemadewardrobe
The 7 main pattern cutting blocks (otherwise know as slopers). Learn more about what they are, how to use them and where to get them in this FREE eBook.      #patterndraftingblocks #patterndrafting #patternddraftingblocks #patterncutting #patterncuttingblocks #patternslopers #slopers #stretchblocks #wovenblocks Pattern Making, Sewing Patterns Free
The top pattern drafting blocks you'll need to start pattern cutting
The 7 main pattern cutting blocks (otherwise know as slopers). Learn more about what they are, how to use them and where to get them in this FREE eBook. #patterndraftingblocks #patterndrafting #patternddraftingblocks #patterncutting #patterncuttingblocks #patternslopers #slopers #stretchblocks #wovenblocks
Learn how to alter darts, add pleats, tucks, armholes, necklines, collars, cuffs, gathers and so much more with our beginner online pattern cutting course. We've developed an online, self-paced pattern drafting course so you can turn your dream clothes ideas into real sewing patterns and garments.  Create your dream wardrobe today with step by step illustrated tutorials in our eBook and video tutorials for every method.  Your sewing pattern independence is about to begin and we're here to help! Sewing Diy, Pattern Drafting Tutorials
Create your own sewing patterns today our with FREE pattern cutting eBook and online coourses
Learn how to alter darts, add pleats, tucks, armholes, necklines, collars, cuffs, gathers and so much more with our beginner online pattern cutting course. We've developed an online, self-paced pattern drafting course so you can turn your dream clothes ideas into real sewing patterns and garments. Create your dream wardrobe today with step by step illustrated tutorials in our eBook and video tutorials for every method. Your sewing pattern independence is about to begin and we're here to help!
Create your dream wardrobe today with our FREE eBook and online pattern cutting courses with illustrated step by step tutorials and video tutorials.  Learn how to alter darts, add pleats, tucks, armholes, necklines, collars, cuffs, gathers and so much more with our beginner online pattern cutting course. We've developed an online, self-paced pattern drafting course so you can turn your dream clothes ideas into real sewing patterns and garments.  Your sewing pattern independence is about to begin Sew Ins, Sewing Courses, Sewing Aprons
Learn how to create your own sewing patterns today with our online tutorials & free eBook
Create your dream wardrobe today with our FREE eBook and online pattern cutting courses with illustrated step by step tutorials and video tutorials. Learn how to alter darts, add pleats, tucks, armholes, necklines, collars, cuffs, gathers and so much more with our beginner online pattern cutting course. We've developed an online, self-paced pattern drafting course so you can turn your dream clothes ideas into real sewing patterns and garments. Your sewing pattern independence is about to begin
Understand the basic foundations of pattern drafting with this free Introduction to Pattern Cutting eBook!    Understand what pattern cutting is, the tools you'll need, about the grain line, seams, hem allowances, technical terms, annotation meanings and more.    #patterncutting #zerowastepatterncutting #learntopatterncut #patterndrafting #drftyourownpatterns #learntodraftpatterns #patterncuttingcourse #onlinepatterncutting #beginnerpatterncutting #basicsofpattenrcutting #whatispattern cutting Upcycling, Cosplay, Adobe Illustrator, Ideas
How to pattern cut - learn the basics with this FREE eBook - download your copy today
Understand the basic foundations of pattern drafting with this free Introduction to Pattern Cutting eBook! Understand what pattern cutting is, the tools you'll need, about the grain line, seams, hem allowances, technical terms, annotation meanings and more. #patterncutting #zerowastepatterncutting #learntopatterncut #patterndrafting #drftyourownpatterns #learntodraftpatterns #patterncuttingcourse #onlinepatterncutting #beginnerpatterncutting #basicsofpattenrcutting #whatispattern cutting
Hem And Seam Allowance Guides | Sewing Seams | Draft Sewing Patterns | The Sewing Retreat
In the world of sewing and pattern cutting, seam and hem allowances play a crucial role as they serve as the finishing touches to complete your self-drafted sewing patterns. It's important to handle them with care, following the guidelines in this blog post.
Click to grab your spot. Learn how to create your own sewing patterns with my free masterclass. From step by step pattern drafting tutorials to top tips, come & start your pattern cutting journey now. Come away with the knowledge to start easily creating your own sewing patterns, learn about the 3 mistakes that are stopping you from creating dream sewing patterns & learn the exact process I use to go from an image I've seen on Pinterest to a sewing pattern, to the garment I'm actually wearing.
Shop | The Sewing Retreat
Click to grab your spot. Learn how to create your own sewing patterns with my free masterclass. From step by step pattern drafting tutorials to top tips, come & start your pattern cutting journey now. Come away with the knowledge to start easily creating your own sewing patterns, learn about the 3 mistakes that are stopping you from creating dream sewing patterns & learn the exact process I use to go from an image I've seen on Pinterest to a sewing pattern, to the garment I'm actually wearing.
How To Create A Swimsuit | Pattern Cutting Tutorials
Create a swimsuit with me! Drafting and sewing your own swimwear can seem a little scary at first but once you know a couple of tricks, you won’t be able to stop making it! 👉 You don’t need an overlocker to sew your own swimwear 👉 Using a double layer of your fabric will give it more structure Head over to my Instagram page @thesewingretreat where you can discover more about creating your own swimsuits and bikinis.
How To Add Ease To A Sewing Pattern | Design Ease | Pattern Cutting Tutorials
How to add design ease into your sewing patterns. 1️⃣Draw lines down from the top to the bottom where you’d like to add design ease in 2️⃣Cut up each line where you’re going to add the ease in & measure how much you’d like to add 3️⃣Line up your pattern piece along the new line making sure it’s parallel to the rest of the pattern BONUS TIP Once you’ve added in design ease, you can also remove the front bust dart as you will have enough room for the bust (this depends on the style you’d like).
Sew Your Own Swimwear | Draft Sewing Patterns
You don’t need an overlocker to sew your own swimwear... yep, read that again and take it in! If you’d like to go more in-depth, have all the sewing and pattern cutting tutorials and resources in one place and learn how to draft, fit AND sew your own swimsuits and bikinis, click on this pin to discover more about my swimwear course, Take The Plunge.
There are 5 things you need to get started today and you'll probably find that you already have most of them around the house. Click to discover the pattern making tools that we recommend, pattern drafting furniture that'll help you create sewing patterns with ease, my top 5 pattern cutting books and so much more! Sewing Equipment
Essential Pattern Cutting Tools For Beginners | The Sewing Retreat
There are 5 things you need to get started today and you'll probably find that you already have most of them around the house. Click to discover the pattern making tools that we recommend, pattern drafting furniture that'll help you create sewing patterns with ease, my top 5 pattern cutting books and so much more!
It's really important that you know the difference between pattern blocks & sewing patterns. It's so easy to get confused between them so let me help you spot the differences. Pattern cutting is such a valuable skill & it's the one thing that will upgrade your sewing game as it helps you understand your sewing patterns & allows you to adapt them to your style, shape & size. To create your own sewing patterns, the easiest way to start & the most common way to start is to use PATTERN BLOCKS. Pattern Making Tutorial
Learn How to Use Pattern Blocks (Slopers) To Create Your Own Sewing Patterns | Tips, Tricks & More!
It's really important that you know the difference between pattern blocks & sewing patterns. It's so easy to get confused between them so let me help you spot the differences. Pattern cutting is such a valuable skill & it's the one thing that will upgrade your sewing game as it helps you understand your sewing patterns & allows you to adapt them to your style, shape & size. To create your own sewing patterns, the easiest way to start & the most common way to start is to use PATTERN BLOCKS.
Sewing with Linen, sewing tips for Ann Noramdny Design Sewing Patterns. An closeup image of antique handwoven French linen Dress Sewing Patterns
Sewing with Linen - Sewing Tips for Ann Normandy Design Sewing Patterns
Learn Sewing with Linen, Sewing tips for Ann Normandy Design Sewing Patterns. I love linen, dare I say obsessed. It’s a fabulous fabric and was the inspiration for all my sewing patterns and sewing projects. Learn about linen, different weights, settings for your machine, caring for linen. I hope it gives you inspiration to create your linen masterpiece! #sewingprojects #sewingpatterns #sewing #linendresspattern
If you’re ready to dive into the world of sewing with stretch fabric, you’ve come to the right place! With the right tools and techniques, you can turn those knit fabrics in your stash into a wardrobe full of cozy, durable, and stylish garments. In this article, I’ll share some of our favorite tips, tricks, and stitches for sewing with knits, so you can make your DIY projects look like a million bucks. #sewingtips Sewing Stretch, Stretch Fabric, Easy Sewing Projects
Sewing with Stretch Fabric: Essential Tips and Tricks
If you’re ready to dive into the world of sewing with stretch fabric, you’ve come to the right place! With the right tools and techniques, you can turn those knit fabrics in your stash into a wardrobe full of cozy, durable, and stylish garments. In this article, I’ll share some of our favorite tips, tricks, and stitches for sewing with knits, so you can make your DIY projects look like a million bucks. #sewingtips
Sewing with Velvet; A Tutorial by Ann Normandy Design. Sew better, wear forever. Quilts, Sewing Darts
Sewing Velvet: Sewing a Simple Dress Pattern for the Holidays and Beyond
SEWING VELVET: SEWING A SIMPLE DRESS PATTERN FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND. The Slip Dress PDF sewing pattern and silk or rayon velvet are the perfect pairing for your next date night, holiday party, or event. However, as dreamy as it looks, working with this fabric has some challenges. But it’s very doable, with little understanding of sewing with velvet, having a plan, and armed with the right tools.
How To Draft A One-Shoulder Dress | Asymmetric Dress | Create Your Own Sewing Patterns | DIY Dress
Drafting a one shoulder dress 📐✂️ #patterncuttingdeconstructed #patterncutting #fashiondesigner #flatpatternmaking #patterndrafting #diyclothes #makeyourownclothes #sewingpatternmaker
How To Copy A Sewing Pattern From A Garment | DIY Clothes | Sew Your Own Wardrobe
Copying patterns from exciting clothes you love is the perfect way to understand more about pattern cutting whilst creating new versions of the clothes you know and love ✂️📐 Create your own sewing patterns today!
A flat felled seam being sewn on a sewing machine. Flat felled seams, a sewing tutorial by Ann Normandy Design Sewing Fabric, Sewing Dresses, Beginner Sewing Projects Easy, Sewing Essentials
How to Sew Flat Felled Seams
How to sew flat felled seams, a couture sewing technique tutorial. All Ann Normandy sewing patterns are designed with flat felled seams. Flat felled seams are a two-seam process to encase the raw edges of fabric pieces. Nearly, if not all denim jeans have flat felled inseams for durability. It may look complicated, but it really is only two stitched seams. Your iron and your hands are the primary tools to create a crisp flat felled seam. This is where you start crafting your garment. #sewing