Posts by Marie Koupparis

I accidentally 'discovered' sewing at the end of 2009 and I've been hooked ever since! I'm endlessly inspired by the unique details seen in vintage sewing patterns, the innovative designs offered up by independent pattern companies, and the abundance of beautiful creations by fellow bloggers. My own blog - A Stitching Odyssey - started life as a way of documenting my progress, but it’s so much more than that now. I also share tips and tutorials along the way, as well as honest reviews and accounts of my experiences.

Expert Tricks & Foolproof Techniques: Tips for Muslin Fitting

Skirt muslin — Muslin fitting tips on the Craftsy Blog!

How often does a sewing pattern fit you straight out of the packet with no alterations? Rarely, right? This is why it often helps to make a muslin, to assess the style and fit before you cut into your precious fashion fabric. Here are some foolproof tips for muslin fitting to help you find your perfect fit!

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Pattern Hack Your Way to 9 New Looks This Summer!

Blouse pattern hacks on the Craftsy Sewing Blog!

Want to get the most out of your sewing patterns this summer? Make them work harder! With a bit of creative pattern hacking, you can end up with fresh new looks for any occasion, whatever your preferred style or sewing ability. So, if you need a boost of confidence or some creative inspiration, here are 9 of my favorite pattern hacks to help you create a wardrobe brimming with cute tops and blouses.

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Sew Like a Pro: How to Finish Armholes With Bias Strips

Pro-finished bias bound sleeves -- Sewing tutorial on the Craftsy Blog!

Looking for that ready-to-wear polish in your handmade garments? Give your garments a professional finish you've been looking for by learning how to how to finish armholes with bias strips in this step-by-step photo tutorial.

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Dazzle With Embellishment: How to Sew Beads on Fabric

Close up of embellished collar

Part of the appeal of sewing your own clothes is making individual garments that flex your creativity, reflecting your unique personality. There's no better way of doing this than by adding some embellishment, so I'm going to show you how to sew beads on fabric in this photo tutorial!

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Fun & Flattering Swimsuit Patterns to Evoke that Summer Feeling!

PicMonkey Collage5 No more swimsuit shyness! When you can sew your own garment, you can make a suit with the fit, style & color to bring out your inner poolside bombshell! So, break out your sewing machine, and get beach ready with a collection of fun & flattering swimsuit patterns. Read more »