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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Refashion Tips: Blocking

Recently we unveiled Castaway to Couture an an exciting, national refashioning competition, open to the public, ASG members & Red Cross people too! Castaway to Couture is brought to you by the Australian Sewing Guild Inc. in collaboration with Red Cross Shops. Entries are open and we have our resident refashioning genie, Judith Turner here, with the second of a series of tips. Take it away Judith.........
Blocking is a method for increasing the size of a garment. For example let’s say you are a size 12 and when browsing through the Red Cross store you saw a dress in a size 8 that you loved. It was the style and the fabric that caught your eye. As you stand there gazing at the garment, you think “I could lose weight!” Or “It’s a stretch fabric, so maybe it will stretch a little when on!” Or “Maybe the label is wrong!”

However what you need is to use the blocking technique. It’s fairly straight forward. First you will need to find some fabric that will work as a contrast. Measure the bust, waist and hip area of the garment, and of course your measurements. Work out the difference. The simplest method is to unpick the side seams and insert a panel either side. However what I prefer to do is reshape the front and back. The following photo is an example. I have cut away part of the shoulder, come down over the bust through the nipple area, then straight down to the hem. Lay this piece onto your contrast fabric and add the additional difference between the garment and your measurements. Now add seam allowance for the new panel, PLUS seam allowance for the existing garment at the front panel. Repeat for the back of the panel. Repeat for the other side. One of the biggest mistakes is not allowing seam allowance for the existing garment.

So now you can look at that garment 2 sizes too small and think – I could make that my size if I just..........................

Happy altering,

Judith aka genie

Keep an eye on this blog for more hints, tips and ideas! We want to keep you buzzing with ideas, so not only will you hear from Judith, we will have some inspirational blogs to check out. This week, we suggest checking out Recycled Fashion (Hi Erica!), Sew it Again and I love to Op Shop. Have a great week, we can't wait to see your entries!

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