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Sewing School: Taking Body Measurement and Understanding Fabric Grainlines and Nap

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Last week I used Kira to test-drive the instructions for drafting and fitting a six-gore skirt.  This week I refined the lesson after watching Kira.  I think the instructions are now very clear and easy to follow.  Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures and pictures are very important.  I won’t post the drafting lesson this week as planned. 

However, while refining the lesson I realized that there are other important concepts I must give to you in order for you to move forward, such as taking body measurements and understanding grainlines.  Therefore, I have created two tutorials to cover those topics.  You won’t need all the measurements on the Body Measurement form for drafting the skirt, but you will need these measurements in the future, so take them now.

Click here for the tutorial on taking your body measurements.

Click here for the tutorial on grains, grainlines and naps.


Author: Mpressive Threadz

I started sewing when I was 11 years old, and had my own clients when I was 12. I graduated from the H.S. of Fashion Industries, majoring in fashion design. I expanded my technical background by attending evening classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology and working many years at a major pattern company. I have been creating custom wedding gowns and evening dresses for more years than I care to count. I LOVE WORKING WITH FABRICS. I love fine sewing techniques. I love creating beautiful dresses.

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