Posts by Maris Olsen

Maris Olsen is a seriously awesome sewing geek, and prefers to spend the majority of each day in her sewing studio. Since retiring from a hi-tech career, her new life-mission is to imbue students young and old with the love of textiles, stitching, and the pure joy of creation. She blogs about her sewing and teaching adventures at She’s also a crazy Nana, a sporadic yogi, and a wavery bike-rider.

Getting Started in Pattern Drafting: How to Make a Dress Pattern

Tips + tricks for patternmaking on the Craftsy Blog!

Pattern drafting can seem like a big, scary undertaking to many sewers. While it is definitely a large field of study that one can spend many years learning and perfecting, most anyone with an interest and at least advanced beginner sewing skills can get started understanding the basic theory of flat patternmaking. Here are some tips on how to get started learning more about drafting your own designs

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The Moulage Technique: The Best Way to Understand Your Personal Fit!


Fitting is often a big nemesis for many garment sewers. Construction skills can be broken down into a series of smaller steps and practiced, but learning to master the perfect the fit on a real body requires skills, practice and a little art! Learn the steps to the moulage technique and be on your way to making beautiful garments that fit like a glove.

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Inspire a Child to Love the Art of Sewing: Sewing Activities for Kids

MonsterDollpdfsewingpattern_3 If you love to sew, it is only natural that you want to pass along your enthusiasm to your children or grandchildren, right? There are so many fun sewing activities for kids that you can do together, even starting as young as age 6 or 7. Share the love of sewing with a child with these fun, age appropriate projects and activities! Read more »

Polish Up Your Wardrobe With Top Tips for Sewing a Blazer

WomensTailoredJacketTheBlazer_1 Making a tailored jacket or blazer is generally considered a fairly advanced project. However, many of necessary the steps along the way are fundamental sewing skills that are frequently used used in less ambitious projects as well. And, like all sewing, practice and repetition will definitely improve your finished products. Let's take a look at a few tips to help make sewing a blazer for the first time an achievable project! Read more »

7 Tips on How to Tailor a Skirt for the Fit and Look You Want

Customfitpencilskirt_3 Tailoring garments to fit your own unique shape and size can seem like a daunting process, but this important skill is definitely within your reach. With a little bit of easy math and a few tools you can learn how to tailor a skirt. A simple skirt is a great place to begin, as there are usually only a few pattern pieces that need to be adjusted. Soon, you will have a skirt pattern customized just for you! Read more »

Finishing Techniques for the Inside and Out

dress with piping Start challenging yourself to add a new detail or finish to some of the garments you sew. Have fun learning new techniques while you expand your sewing toolkit, and at the same time learn to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind garments for your wardrobe. Here are a few ideas to get you jump started! Read more »

Make the Perfect Jacket: How to Sew Lapels

SteffaniTheClassicBlazer_1 A lined, tailored jacket is a big project, but it's such a great addition to your wardrobe. Plus, tackling it in sections and taking your time can make it much more manageable, starting with the lapel. Let's go over a few steps to help you learn how to sew a lapel for the perfect jacket! Read more »

Proper Support: How to Sew Interfacing on a Neckline

Couture Dress Interfacings are the bones of sewing any garment, so it's a must-know skill for any sewer. We'll review how to choose interfacing and how to interface a neckline to help you learn how to do it right and improve your sewing technique! Read more »

Sewing Couture: 6 Essential Techniques to Learn

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Couture sewing is a term that strikes fear into the heart of some sewists, but it really shouldn't. Couture, according to expert Susan Khalje, is much more an attitude or approach to sewing than a specific technique. Sewists who are considered couturiers definitely have some serious sewing chops, but I believe that any motivated sewist is capable of learning fine couture sewing techniques. Study, practice, and go!

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