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Ang Pao Clutch Tutorial Part 1: Preparing the fabric pieces


So, if you read my last post, I had made a PDF pattern for an Ang Pao Clutch. In this post, I’ll write a tutorial which will hopefully lead you step-by-step in creating your own clutch.

This tutorial was inspired partly by this Taiwanese tutorial on Youtube. However, I found the last part where you have to turn the entire lining inside out very difficult to do and would often cause the opening to stretch out and distort the shape of the flap cover.

I hoped to minimize the need for turning things inside out in my tutorial; however, it involves a few more steps. Because of this, I would consider it an advanced beginner pattern. Nonetheless, beginner sewists are more than welcome to try if you are up for a challenge!

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Coming to terms with change: New Sloper!

In my last post (what was that? A few hours ago?) I mentioned that some of the measurements for my Fancy Pants were too snug for me as they were taken last year. So I decided it was high time to re-draw my bodice sloper based on a more up-to-date “me”. Instead of going with my sewing school’s regular method of sloper drafting, I attempted to use the drafting method of the Bunka Fashion College. This is a Japanese sewing school and they have an English translation of their entire series of pattern drafting books. Yay! But first, the measurements:

Measurements for a ‘relaxed’ fit. So that I have room for ‘growing’. You know what I mean. Measurement guide from Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, published by Western Publishing Company Inc, New York, 1971.

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