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- Basic Dress/Fitting Pattern
- Craft Paper, Tape, and Other Supplies
- Scissors and Cutting Tools
- Rulers and Measuring Tools
- Muslin or Inexpensive Fabric
- Marking Tools
- Miscellaneous Tools and Supplies
- Dress or Body Form
- Fitting the Bodice Pattern
- Full Bust Adjustment (FBA)
- Fitting the Sleeve Pattern
- Fitting the Skirt Pattern
- Fitting the Pant - Initial Fitting
- Fitting the Pant - Final Fitting
Using Your Fitted Muslin to Make Your Personal Pattern Block - Transfer Your Alterations and Trace onto Cardstock
- Making a Torso or Blouse/Top Block
- The Importance of Sewing Darts (and how to use them well!)
- Pattern Grading and Sizing
- How to Use Quarter Scale Patterns to Practice Pattern Drafting Techniques
- Drafting a Princess seam
- Drafting a Bodice with Shoulder Yoke
- Drafting a Full Skirt
- Drafting a Full Sleeve
- Drafting the Basic Blouse Block
- Drafting a Fitted Blouse or Shirt
- Drafting a Tunic Top
- Drafting a Flared or Swing Top
- Drafting a Sweetheart Neckline
- Drafting a Peter Pan Collar
- Drafting a Bateau or Boatneck
- Drafting a Convertible Collar
- Drafting a V-Neck or Notched Neckline
- Bell Sleeve
- Bishop's Sleeve
- Cap Sleeve
- Flutter Sleeve
- Flat Front Pleated Skirt
- Yoked Skirt
- Circle or Handkerchief Hem
- High Waist Sheath Dress
- Drop Waist Dress
- Flared Pant
- Flared Short
- Tapered Pant
- Pleated Pant
- Why do I need a Dress Block? Can't I just re-design a purchased pattern?
- Why do I need Darts? They're so UGLY!!
- Using Your Quarter Scale Patterns
- Turning Your Darts into Styling Details
- Slashing and Spreading your Pattern to Add Fullness
- Customizing your Body Form
- Using Basic Pattern Techniques
- What does it mean to "true" your pattern?
- Don't Make MY Mistakes!
- Fit Ease vs Style Ease
- Flat Pattern vs Draping
- What are Style Lines?
- Do You Have Trouble Fitting the Bust?
- Where Do You Find Design Inspiration?
- Even the Greatest Styles Falls Flat if it's Out of Proportion
- Do You Speak the "Language" of Patterns?
- The Difference Between Sewing Ease and Style or Fit Ease
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