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Burda Plus Winter 2003, E734-403B, gored, straight skirt in a burnout tiedye panne.

This is an old review, but I really like this skirt. If you can get a hold of the Burda Plus, I think it would be a nice addition to TNT patterns. Burda Plus Fashion Magazine- 09-2003-403 (Long Gored Skirt)


I added the picture. As you can see, it's not nearly as formfitting on me as on the model. I really think it's more flattering that way.



Added by Neefer Duir on May 11, 2012 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Orange T-shirts.

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My orange t-shirts in all their orange glory. This t-shirt really isn't Kwik Sew 2565 any more. I think I'm going to scoop the neckline out even more, and I don't have the neckband length right. It's too long. Of course, that is trial and error since I'm redrafting the…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 14, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

T-shirt Darts


I thought you might be interested in the darts in my t-shirts. This pattern piece started out as Kwik Sew 2565. The changes are the side bust dart, the french dart, and the neckline. The original neckline was a crew neck with a thick band. It fit great, but it was not the best look for me. I have large breasts…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 12, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Evolution of a t-shirt

IMG_1359_edited I like it. This t-shirt is the combination of 4 different patterns. KS 2565 was the starting point. I used the shape of the french darts from a burda magazine pattern. In order to cover buttus-sticks-outous*, I used a 2 piece back from NL 6977 OOP. And I morphed the neckline/neckband using another burda magazine pattern.

It’s taken me quite a while to get to this…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 11, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Darts & Overly Erect (More on Kwik Sew 2526)

The extension on the dart is too short to be sewn into the sideseam on my t-shirt if pressed down. This is a big issue for me. The dart extensions make the fabric requirements much greater than if they aren’t there. I’ve played with the idea of pressing the dart up, takes less fabric. I haven’t done that, but I have serged off the excess fabric. I’m going to do that on this t-shirt. I wonder what I was planning when I cut this one out.

I stand very straight. Sandra…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 10, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

More on KS2565

I made another top out of pink cotton lycra knit. This time, I added 1/2 inch to each side of the sleeve to make it bigger. It fits much better now. I should have reread my review, since I didn't add anymore ease and I didn't make it any longer. I am happy with this t-shirt.…



Added by Neefer Duir on March 9, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Coverstitch in the Round: How to End

I belong to the Elna Serger Mailing List. Bryden posted these instructions for finishing off the coverstitch:

finishing coverstitch –

stop and make sure the needles are at the highest position, raise the presser foot, and pressing the tension release hook your allen key (the thingy you tighten the needles up with) behind the threads (under the foot) and hook them towards you – cut through the threads and then remove your…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 8, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Custom T-shirt - Kwik Sew 2565 Review

T-shirts are really easy to sew.  However, just like any top, a t-shirt must be fitted if it is going to flatter a very buxom woman like me.

Kwik Sew 2565 tiedyeBurnoutPanne I started with Kwik Sew 2565, now out of print, and a tie-dye burnout panne from Joann’s.  That fabric was all…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

New Look 6898 Pattern Review

I made this jacket ... um ... 10 years ago.  This is a great timeless pattern.  It's really too bad that it went out of print so quickly.  It's available at Etsy.  …



Added by Neefer Duir on March 6, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Zipper Tutorial

Zipper flys are very popular in ready-to-wear (rtw) clothing. They are very easy to install. If you follow these directions, you will construct a fly that no one will know is home sewn.


  1. Cut your pants fronts.
  2. Sew any darts or pleats.
  3. Mark the center front line on your pants pieces; this line is marked on your pattern pieces.
  4. Sew the fronts together along the center front line. From the bottom of the zipper…

Added by Neefer Duir on April 20, 2010 at 12:21pm — 4 Comments

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