1. FBA on a no dart bodice

    How to do a Full Bust Adjustment on a Dartless Shirt

    Another kind of Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) to add to the collection: one for a dartless bodice. This one is useful when you’re sewing the Onyx Shirt, but can be used on any sort of bodice without darts. I’ve drafted the images in Illustrator this time instead of making photo’s since I’m not completely satisfied with my photography setup at the moment. The drawings should be just as clear if not a little more abstract. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Before you start, please read the introduction to this post to decide whether you need and FBA to begin with. [Read more]

  2. Onyx Shirt by Paprika Patterns

    How to Sew the Onyx Cuffs

    Sewing the Onyx cuffs is not the most difficult step technically, but the construction method might be new to you. The cuffs are designed as separate pattern pieces to get a better fit with the sleeves. You know those T-shirts with rolled up cuffs that stand at a different angle than the sleeves? Those ‘wings’ are a pet peeve of mine, and it’s what you get when you roll up a tapered sleeve. The Onyx cuffs have a zig zag edge and thus fit their sleeve perfectly. To better understand the sewing process, we’ve made this tutorial. We’ll follow Step 5 of the Onyx instructions. [Read more]

  3. How to finish a neckline with bias tape

    How To Sew a Bias Tape Neckline

    In this tutorial I’ll show you how to finish a neckline with bias tape. We’ll be walking through Step 2 of the Onyx Shirt instructions, but you can follow these steps for any curved seam finished with bias tape. Before I used the techniques shown here, it took me quite a few tries to get this right. I always felt like tutorials made it seem so easy. And yet I could not get the neckline to lay flat, there were wrinkles, just not something I could really be proud of. But I’ve developed/discovered a few tricks that now give me the results I want, and I hope that after this tutorial you can be proud of your bias tape necklines too! [Read more]

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    How to Choose Your Size

    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. [Read more]

  5. Organise your stash: sketch

    Fuel your Creativity by Organising your Stash – Part 2

    Last week we talked about how having a large fabric and/or pattern stash can make us feel guilty and embarrassed. Moreover, if you lose track of what you have, your large stash is not creating opportunities but inhibiting your creativity. I listed steps for you to follow if you want to do something about this: eliminate temptation, catalogue your stash and catalogue your patterns. Check out the comment section too, there’s some great examples of how others catalogue their stash and patterns. If you have already started: yay you! If you haven’t and you’re waiting for the happy ending: that’s what we’ll talk about today. Now that you have easy acces to all of your fabrics and patterns, let’s make some sewing plans! [Read more]