Sizing duvets, pillows and their covers/cases

As a general rule, a polyfill insert shouldn’t be more than about one inch (~2,5cm) larger than the pillow cover. For smaller covers (14”x14”(~36x36cm) or less) the insert should ideally be no larger than the cover. If you are using feather/down inserts, you may be able to use inserts that measure as much as 2 or three inches bigger than the cover depending of the ‘loft’ or volume of the insert. Source

When I sized my duvet from the cover I made it 3 cm smaller than the cover.

Good news from Frau Fiber!

Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:38:15 -0800 Message-ID: <CAL206n3_eUE6ux0EWV2+YBNa-VpQLbkBqBjn05-ymiTBa=QPvw@…>

Subject: Re: License of patterns?

From: Frau Fiber <fraufiber@…>

To: the author of libre-patterns

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“You, the author of the libre-patterns-blog, are permitted to use, copy, modify and distribute the contents of Frau Fiber’s instructional videos and under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license (”

Best FF


I have established a workflow to make it easier to create and publish the patterns.

  1. First I get inspiration
  2. Then I create or copy a pattern into LibreCAD (using my template with layers and a cc-by-sa block)
  3. Then I sometimes go through the hastle of manually exporting a svg-file and (then with inkscape) convert it to png.
  4. Use the following commands from ImageMagick to scale the photos from my camera:

Photos going to the blog:

mogrify -scale 30% *JPG

Photos going to the repository only:

mogrify -scale 50% photo-source/*JPG

  1. Then I add and commit into my local git repository by launching my helper script that helps me update the compressed files.
  2. Push (upload) my local repository to gitorious.

Found DIY Fashion


I am happy because I was inspired a lot by the following websites:

  • more!

Please comment if you were also inspired and perhaps decided to also do something yourself.

Levels of complexity and difficulty

(this is a highly subjective list)

The greater the number the more difficult and or complex the task:

  1. buying prêt-á-porter clothes
  2. straight sewing with a machine, needle threading, cutting, marking on fabric
  3. zigzag an edge, maneuvering a machine, pin
  4. applying a button by hand, 1 fold hem
  5. following an easy pattern, buttonholes with a machine
  6. making your own simple pattern
  7. change foots on a machine, sewing stretch knitted fabrics
  8. tracing and making a pattern from existing clothes
  9. making stuff straight/coherent
  10. roughly fit a human body
  11. applying zippers
  12. multiple layers (eg. quilt) on machine
  13. passpoal stuff
  14. tight-fit to a specific body (weaved fabric)

A beginners advices…

(to other beginners)

In getting to know the sewing lingo and special terms I found the following resources helpful:

Get to know your machine. How does it sound when working properly? Try to close your eyes while sewing and memorize the sound. If something is not right you can often tell by unusual sounds from the machine. Make sure to service your machine regularly to avoid problems.

Factors that influence on you work:

  • lightning
  • state of the machine and needle
  • right needle to the material being sewn
  • organizing (a good table/floor to cut on, doing things in the right pace/order, etc.)
  • tools (scissor, needle threader, colored tape measure, etc.)
  • (unconfirmed) one person selling fabric told me that the age of the cotton thread influences the strength of it.