Entries by mariadenmark

Swayback alteration: Get rid of the folds on the back

Fitting a swayback: How to get rid of the folds on the back of your dress Try standing with your side to a mirror. Or have a friend take a picture of you from the side. Is your back straight? Completely straight? Or do you have curves, making you almost the shape of an S? […]

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[Wardrobe Sewing 2017] 3 Things You Should Know Before You Sew Your Next Garment

3 things to consider before you sew Every one who sews, designs. Each time you sew a pattern and choose the fabric, you are making a design choice. And if you move on and add details  on your own (like pockets, new necklines, collars etc), those are design choices as well. I think you choose […]

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It’s all in the fabric (and styling): Sew a Vintage-y Annika

Nanna, whom I share work-space and most waking hours with, and who’s behind the fantastic How To Do Fashion vintage style sewing patterns, does not do casual. Ever. (And by that, she is pretty far from me on the style-spectrum;-)) But she did feel like she needed some casual clothes. You know, for when she […]

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NEW SEWING PATTERN: 407 – Annika Boat Neck Dress

Well, it’s been quite some time since I’ve released a new MariaDenmark pattern (I’m afraid I have been very busy with my Danish online sewing magazine). But now I’m proud to introduce: MariaDenmark 407: Annika Boat Neck Dress   Annika is a great, easily sewn dress for heavier knits (such as Ponte de Roma, Jaquard jersey […]

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[Wardrobe Sewing 2017] Basics: Basic Jersey Tops

IG:  #wardrobesewing2017 Now it’s time to start building our wardrobes. I’ll begin by sewing a bunch of basic jersey tops. Why? I’ll tell you. But first some theory on basics. Basics. The most boring garments. And the most important Basics has an important role in your wardrobe. They function as the backdrop for the more […]

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Sew Your Wardrobe in 2017! It begins here:

IG: #wardrobesewing2017  Sew for your own wardrobe! This is the year! In 2017 I want to build (well, sew) a wardrobe that works for me. I want to sew for me instead of sewing for dress forms. And I want to wear the clothes I sew. Do you feel the same way? If that is […]

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Shorter or taller than the pattern? Here’s how to fix it!

It’s actually quite simple to lengthen or shorten a sewing pattern – I’ll show you how in a minute and it’s really easy. The hard part is figuring out WHERE on the pattern you want to shorten or lengthen. People sometimes ask me why there aren’t any shorten here/lengthen here lines in MariaDenmark patterns. There […]

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Rachel Pattern Hack: Top with lace elastic

So. The story behind this top begins more than 14 years ago. On January 25th 2002, to be more exact. I was recently divorced, it was a Friday and my mom called and asked if she could borrow my 3 year old son for the night. So suddenly I had no plans. I called a […]

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Rachel Pattern Hack: Faux Wrap Dress or top

The simplest design-change – or pattern hack – you can make to the MariaDenmark Rachel Wrap Dress (apart from shortening it into a tunic or a top) is to make it ”faux wrap” or no-tie-wrap. This simply means, making a version that doesn’t have ties. Instead of ties, you stitch the fronts in place so […]

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Pattern in Focus: 405 Rachel Wrap Dress

I’m going to try something new; to focus on some of my patterns and create blog series around them. It’s also an occasion for me to sew with the pattern again and to fix minor mistakes in instructions etc… The first Pattern in Focus is MariaDenmark 405 – Rachel Wrap Dress made for jersey fabric. […]

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A Sewing-Geek’s Guide To London. Part 2: Shopping and other fun stuff…

In April I was in London yet again. I go there quite often – and mostly as a sewing-tourist – gathering inspiration, meeting with sewing friends from around the world and of course, fabric shopping. I realised that I must be qualified to write a guide for other sewing geeks going there by now, so I […]

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A Sewing-Geek’s Guide To London. Part 1: Exhibitions and Museums

I’ve recently been on a long weekend to London. I go there relatively often – about 3-4 times a year. It’s a great place to gather inspiration, meet international sewing friends (it seems like it’s easy enough to go to London, no matter where you’re from, but rather hard to go find the way to […]

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