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What you’ll find here

Pattern pieces for a dress with alterations included

Why bother to make your own clothes?

Then this pastime will definitely suit you. Just don’t put too much pressure on yourself in the beginning!

Featured articles

Skills you didn’t know were helpful for sewing

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Why you REALLY need to make a toile

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The best sewing projects for beginners

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You don’t need to make ALL your clothes

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What clothes making is NOT

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Natalie Warner

I design size inclusive knitting patterns for clothes makers who want their garments to fit well. Clothes should serve you, not the other way around. You alter clothes to fit you, not alter yourself to fit the clothes. This is at the heart of everything I do.

I also teach other people how to design knitwear and am currently creating a comprehensive, year-long knitwear design course, covering everything from illustration to pattern grading.

If you’re enjoying my content, you can get more by reading my blog, which features several articles on garment fitting, alterations, knitwear design and sewing pattern reviews, following me on Instagram or Pinterest @natalieinstitches, or signing up to my newsletter.