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add a drawstring to your everyday skirt

The waistband of the Montauk Trousers has a fun drawstring detail that adds a little something to a casual pattern. Today Liesl will show you how to add a drawstring to the Everyday Skirt. You can adapt this tutorial to fit other patterns, too!

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  • tutorial: how to pattern-match a patch pocket

    Lori’s Montauk Trousers feature comfy patch pockets big enough to hold her cell phone. Wait, you can’t see them? Neither can we. She did an amazing job of matching the floral, and she’s here today to teach you how she did it!

    two ways to add flare to a skirt

    Are you interested in making a slim skirt more A-line in shape? We’ll show you how to add flare using our new Belgravia Knit Dress and Kensington Knit Skirt.

    erica’s montauk shorts: a tutorial

    The Montauk Trousers pattern makes a fabulous pair of summer shorts, too. Erica is here from the Advisors Circle to show you how to alter the pattern in this simple tutorial.

    how to convert any pattern to a v neck

    If you’ve ever hesitated to purchase or sew a particular pattern because you don’t like the neckline, you don’t need to let a simple detail like a scoop or crew neck prevent you from sewing it. In this tutorial Liesl shows you how to alter a pattern to make it into a V neck.

    how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment

    Adjusting the shoulder width of a sewing pattern is a simple alteration that can drastically improve the fit of your handmade garment. Learn how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment with this photo tutorial. These instructions can also be used in reverse to do a wide shoulder adjustment.

    how to sew a fully enclosed welt pocket

    Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to sew a welt pocket with a clean finish on the inside that allows you to show off a beautiful design or a fun print.

    how to do a high round back adjustment

    Pattern adjustments are often necessary to achieve a custom fit. Learn to do a high round back adjustment with this photo tutorial. It’s a simple adjustment that can make an enormous difference in the fit of a garment.

    how to add a bust dart to a dartless pattern

    If your bust is larger than a B cup, you might want to make adjustments to some patterns to add a bust dart in order to help get a better fit. This tutorial shows you how to do it.