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Clo3D is a dedicated pattern design software program which combines traditional flat pattern cutting with 3D avatars and fitting tools

Learning to draft patterns with Clo3D

Learning to draft my own sewing patterns has been a long old process so far. I’ve tried various pieces of software to date, though it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, and I’ve now settled on using Clo3D.

Scraptastic Hallowe’en Decorating

It’s entirely possible to have spooktacular decorations for Hallowe’en without the plastic – and what’s better is that many of these are small projects which are great for scrap busting!

Learning digital pattern cutting

Last year I enrolled on a course to learn how to make my own sewing patterns. It’s been interesting and I’ve learned a great deal, but so far all the pattern making I’ve done has been with pencil and paper, not on a computer. Given that I want to sell my patterns as PDF home sewing patterns, it therefore made sense for me to begin learning how to transfer my skills across to digital pattern cutting.

The Haberdasher Bee is a sustainable, plastic free haberdashery shop in the UK

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year folks! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks planning out what I want to achieve with The Haberdasher Bee this year and so I thought this was a good way of laying things out.

Pattern cutting is a skill I've wanted to learn for a while

Pattern Cutting – A New Skill I’m Learning

Many of us who make our own clothes begin to wonder at some point how to design our own patterns. This September, I’m starting a course on pattern cutting and garment construction (while also reading as many books as I can on the subject).

Making menswear is getting easier as more designers produce great patterns

Making Menswear: Finding Men’s Patterns

There’s a wealth of wonderful patterns out there for women, teens and even children, but sadly fashion as a whole seems to ignore part of the population. Male and masculine bodies still need clothing, so why are there less options for making clothes to suit them than there are for female and feminine bodies?