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Jenna McAuliffe

New Zealand

I can answer most questions about sewing, altering or repairing clothes or home furnishings, drapes, roman blinds, crafts, pattern alteration... the list goes on!

Experience in the area

My mother started me sewing when I was 4 and Iíve never stopped! I trained as a fashion designer 15 years ago and have been specializing in weddings since then, along with a side business in making drapes, blinds and home furnishings for commercial contracts. I also participate in just about every kind of craft I can find.

Education/Credentials and a whole lifetime of figuring it out!

Awards and Honors

First in class at graduation, first in tailoring. Finalist in NZ Smokefree awards 1998

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Recent Answers from Jenna McAuliffe

2017-01-18 Question about making a bonnet:

Hi Sarah,    You could certainly try the silk lining, though you are correct in your concern about it slipping, as it may do that.    Maybe consider a fine cotton or viscose cotton blend stretch?  That

2016-10-24 Darts:

Hi Brenda,    When you sew a dart, fold the fabric with right sides together (therefore inside and hidden) and stitch the dart on the visible wrong side. This way the dart will be hidden on the inside

2016-05-02 Sewing cutouts:

Hi Christina,    Your cutout sounds great, and done right, not too  much of a challenge.      You can easily achieve the look you want without compromising the strength of the fabric/garment by reinforcing

2015-07-20 half inch seam.:

Hi again Beaa!    If the seam is 1/2", place the piping so that the stitching line of the piping is at the 1/2" point on the seam.  If you are making your own piping rather than using prepared piping,

2015-07-20 how to say it:

Hi Beaa,    The wording you use is completely up to you and really depends on the way you want your customers to see your product.    Personally (and that means in my opinion alone, not speaking for others)


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