16 Apr 2014

Types of Weave Structures

If you’re designing wovens, you will most likely need to define the weave structure that you want your factory to use.  There are thousands of different patterns that can be woven, but there are some basic ones that you should be familiar with to start.  Below are some common structures including a plain weave (often seen in plaids), basketweave (oxford shirts use this one), twill (denim uses this structure), herringbone (common in suiting and shirting), and houndstooth (frequently seen in wools).  You should also know which yarns are which – those that run from right to left are the weft  yarns (remember this handy mnemonic device of left/weft and you’ll never forget) and warp yarns run top to bottom.
{Sew Heidi} Types of Weave StructuresIn a textile class that I took, we learned about weave structures by taping actual warp and weft yarns to paper and making small woven patterns.  It’s a great exercise if you’re still confused about how the yarns work together to form different patterns.  Unfortunately, living in a tiny NYC apartment does not provide me with the space to store craft supplies, so I cannot document how to do this.  I did however trip over this article which, although not fashion related, shows a variety of different designs woven with strips of paper.  The concept is exactly the same, so cut up some paper or yarn and get weaving!  You can also grab all 5 weaves as repeating patterns for free to play around with on your own.

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13 Apr 2014
10 Apr 2014

New Content Added to Downloads Files!

Watch the premium downloads grow as I increase the amount of content in these files!   What does this mean?  Well, it means that originally you may have gotten a men’s polo with a stripe in it, but now, you will also get multiple variants of this polo including different collar, placket and sleeve types…what’s the best part?  The prices are staying the same, equaling more bang for your buck (and sometimes it’s literally just a buck!).  To all who have previously purchased this file, you will receive an email automatically with a link to download the upgraded file.  Hooray!  Here’s a sample of one that I’ve already improved.
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I’ll be going through and adding additional content to many of the files, so watch your email for updates as they get done!  You’ll notice that the download page for these files will be updated as well with an image and a list of what’s been added, so keep your eye on that to see what’s being added.

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03 Apr 2014

Working with Master Templates in Illustrator

You may already know how to save custom libraries for things like swatches and brushes to use over and over again in Adobe Illustrator.  But did you know you can create a master template file with these libraries to avoid having to reload your libraries each time you work in AI?  It’s really quite simple to do and is endlessly customizable.  Use the free support file (includes all pattern brushes shown below: coverstitch, open/closed zipper, edgestitch & DNTS) as a starting point, and watch the full video tutorial for a step by step how to.

{Sew Heidi} Working with Master Templates in Adobe Illustrator

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01 Apr 2014

I’ve Reached a Milestone

I SAW IT COMING…

{Sew Heidi} Celebrating 500,000 YouTube Views!

My YouTube channel recently reached 500,000 views, and it got me thinking about some things…  After I hit this milestone, I decided that I didn’t want to subject the next 500K viewers to YouTube ads.  I’m going to proceed using a value for value model by operating ad free (both on YouTube and on sewheidi.com) and let users opt in to support me by downloading premium content.  I hope you enjoy the commercial free tutorials and want you to know that your purchase of a $0.99 download puts a lot more in my pocket than those ads did.

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