Author: Gina Renee

Helping You Create Clothes that make You Feel Great
by providing Fashionable Sewing Patterns that Fit.

Pattern Making Tools you Need to have
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The Complete list of Pattern Making Tools This is a complete list of all the items you will need for the Online Course, “Making a Moulage with the GRD Method.” Since these are my top items for all pattern making projects, I thought anyone may want to reference this as a complete list of tools […]

Across Shoulder Too Wide
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Top Pattern correction to reduce the shoulder width. a) identify the issue – across shoulder is too large- Often there is too much fabric across the front. B) Pin the across shoulder area in at the Low point shoulder (LPS), until you are happy with the location of the armhole seam. Option 1 C) Correcting […]

Across Shoulder Too Narrow
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Top Pattern correction to increase the shoulder width. a) identify the issue – after identifying the shoulder bone in previous steps, does the across shoulder seam lay too high? Often It’s too tight here and the across shoulder is too narrow. b) Cut open the across shoulder area at the Low point shoulder (LPS), until […]

Small Bust Adjustment – Pattern Correction
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Top Pattern correction for a Small Bust adjustment (SBA). Follow this correction for styles with Darts or NO darts. a) identify the issue – The bust is loose, there is excess at the bust area. B) Pinning the problem (when you’ve already sewn a muslin/toile): Pin the excess area you have at the front bust […]

Full Bust Adjustment – FBA Pattern Correction
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Top Pattern correction for a Full Bust adjustment (FBA). This correction is for styles with side bust darts. A full bust adjustment (FBA) is needed when the person has a larger Bust cup size than the sewing pattern was created for. Most pattern companies create their sewing patterns based on a standard B-cup bust size. […]

Free Top Fitting Guide
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A Fitting Guide on How to make Bodices, Tops and Dresses Fit. I put this free fitting guide together as a “Thank You” to the 50,000+ Followers who have watched my fitting-correction videos on Instagram and Facebook. You have kept me going over the last year, making over 85 fitting videos. I wish, so much, […]

How to Measure Your Body
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A guide to measuring your body correctly for pattern fitting. The best way to measure yourself is using a flexible tape measure and even better, ask a friend to help! For most top and dress patterns you will need to measure three main areas, bust, waist and hips. When measuring the bust, ensure the tape […]

How to Sew a Buttonhole
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How to Sew a Buttonhole   Step 1: Place the button where you would like it to be in order to determine your buttonhole position. It should be about 1/8″ away from any edges. (consider seam allowances: the ruler here removes the visual of my seam allowance on the placket) When you’ve established the position […]

How to measure yourself
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How to measure your cross shoulder width Measuring your cross shoulder distance is vital for ensuring your top patterns fit correctly. This is the method I use to get an accurate measurement when doing it myself! 1. If your measuring tape has a hole in the metal tip, loop about 3 yards/meters of ribbon through […]

Making your own Clothing Labels
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Have you ever wanted to personalize your handmade items with your Own Designer Clothing Labels? There’s no better way to complete a handmade item than by designing and printing your own clothing labels. This can be done using this simple method! Find a plain ribbon in a neutral or pale color to compliment your brand. […]