The Jade Skirt has a few steps in the construction that are not exactly difficult, but that could do with the help of some visual explanation. In the video below I’ll show you how to attach the lining to the front piece of the Jade Skirt. This is Step 3 in the instructions.
Adding piping is a fun way to add a pop of color or a bit of definition to your purse. Alice added a couple of different colors to hers and they sure make an otherwise plain bag pop (along with that great topstitching!)! Ellen put piping in just around the front inset to really make…
When you open the Onyx .zip file, you might find that we have organised the files a little different from usual. This has to do with the size chart and drafting methods that we have chosen. You can read about the why of this in this post. Here I’ll show you how you can find the right size easily.
Sewing clasps and straps onto a swimsuit are often the final finishing touches. While these photographs are from construction of the Nautilus Swimsuit, you can use the same techniques to sew a clasp and straps on to any swimsuit that hooks in the back and has straps that go over the shoulders. Sewing Swimsuit Straps…
Probably the most unconventional technique used to make a Jade skirt is folding the front piece. To make this origami a little easier to grasp we made a video!
A full bust adjustment must be one of the most common adjustments for people with breasts to make. Some pattern companies include multiple bodice pattern pieces with their patterns, but in most cases the front piece will be drafted for a certain cup size. In that case, you will need to adjust the front pattern piece to fit a larger bust. A look at how your RTW clothing fits you might already give you a clue. Are your button downs gaping? Your wrap tops falling open? Tight across the bust? Gaping armholes? Good in the bust but too large in the shoulders? Then you probably need one. Especially in woven garments, doing a full bust adjustment makes a huge improvement on the fit. And a better fitting garment will make you love that garment more.
If you want some more tightness at the waist of the Jade Skirt you could add elastic in the waistband. This could be especially useful if you have traced the pattern with the waist size bigger than the hip size (hopefully making it easy for yourself by using this method), or when you’re using a jersey fabric. Inserting elastic is not hard to do, and in this tutorial I’ll show you how it’s done.