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How/where do you learn to sew clothes like they do on Project Runaway?

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Stillchuckingit Tue 05-Jul-11 16:58:47

... without studying fashion design for three years that is ..???

Or is that the only way?

I do a bit of basic dress-making but I'm intrigued by the way they all start by pinning some sort of banding on their mannequins and then pinning the material to it rather than using a paper pattern.

And then of course there is the making everything in muslin first.

Would love to learn.

UsingMainlySpoons Tue 05-Jul-11 18:57:48

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UsingMainlySpoons Tue 05-Jul-11 19:02:16

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purplepidjin Tue 05-Jul-11 19:05:36

www.simplicity.com/t-free-sewing-projects.aspx

If you want the actual clothes from the programme

i make my own patterns by drawing round existing clothes then adding or taking away to get the shape I want

UsingMainlySpoons Tue 05-Jul-11 19:13:17

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TuesdayMummy Tue 05-Jul-11 19:32:23

Nothing to add.... Just marking my place so I can have a good look at these links when next at my computer! grin

Stillchuckingit Wed 06-Jul-11 00:49:40

So sorry! Work crisis! Only just getting back to this now ...

Usingmainlyspoons thank you for fantastic links! Will look at them tomorrow morning ...

That website looks great too, thanks Purplepidgin (lots of good ideas to work on)

smile TuesdayMummy

I can see I am going to have to invest in a dress 'form'

Wonder if it would work if I covered myself in plaster of paris???

UsingMainlySpoons Wed 06-Jul-11 01:32:21

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purplepidjin Wed 06-Jul-11 08:46:27

I love burdastyle!

Stillchuckingit Wed 06-Jul-11 12:00:02

You are kidding usingmainlyspoons?! (I was half joking)

Have found these but £££££ and don't deliver to mainland Europe where I'm based. (They must be available here somewhere I guess.)

Have looked at all your links this morning. Am starting to get a better idea of what is involved. I had no idea you drape the muslin, THEN use that to make paper pattern. Will definitely peruse Amazon for some more books on the subject.

And thanks for Burdastyle tip PurplePidgin have just googled and there are two dress projects on there that will be perfect for my nieces birthday presents.

purplepidjin Wed 06-Jul-11 13:18:44

I love the Toddler Jumper one. Except I trace it off the computer screen to get the size blush

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