Franceska Creations
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Tips on recycling neckties and on clothing construction for quilters from an award-winning designer.
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Fran's Tip of the Week

Lengthening a pattern

If you are tall, you have the opposite problem and need to lengthen the pieces of a pattern.  Generally, 3"-4" taller than average would require adding about an inch to the waist length.  To do this, you will cut your torso pattern pieces apart at the lengthen/shorten lines and spread the pieces apart 1", keeping the parts of the grainlines aligned.  The same applies to sleeve length.  This is why it is so important to make a test muslin before cutting into your fashion fabric!

Ties that coordinate

If you are looking for a coordinating collection of ties, check garage and yard sales.  Quite often, a man buys ties in a limited range of colors and shades.  When he's ready to dispose of them, you can often find a group that will work together for a project.  Also, your favorite thrift store may be the recipient of a collection, so check on their stock regularly.

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