Passion For Baby Fashion

A Stay @ Home Mom and Her Creations!

Sewing Lessons! A Cavewoman could do it!

on January 30, 2012

 

If the future is to remain open and free, we need people who can tolerate

the unknown, who will not need the support of completely worked-out systems

or traditional blueprints from the past.                  -Margaret Mead

 

Fabulous Fabrics

What is it about fabric? Is it the color, the texture, the feel of the fibers that are woven together? What is it about fabric that compels a stitcher to touch, to stroke, to feel each piece? There doesn’t seem to be the same intense pull to touch clothing or furniture or other items made of cloth, but the possibility and the promise of what that fabric may become causes a stitcher to stroke and handle yardage. It’s part of the process of becoming one with the fabric, trying to determine its future life. -The Encyclopedia of Sewing

Now that is passion! I have to say that I definetly feel a pull towards clothing on the rack hahaha! Nothing like a perfect top for the upcoming occassion 😉 But anyway we are getting off subject here.

 

So! The next step is PATTERNS! Here’s everything you need to know about getting your pattern stash started:

 

The back of the pattern packet

The best way to shop for patterns… is totally up to you! There are a few different ways to go about it. I started my collection by catching a killer 99 cent sale at Joanns.

If it’s the store you are heading for you can find a table with seating where you can browse through the big name catalogs.When you see a pattern you like its super easy to look at the pattern number and go to the appropriate filing drawer (marked with the brand name). Look up the number and there you have it!

I have found cheaper alternatives!!!

 

You will quickly find that the store bought patterns are upwards to $17 + and if you don’t like that price than listen up!

 

One way to get around the higher store bought prices is to go directly to the pattern companies web site and be sure to check out their sale section online. You can be a super thrifty and watch for a killer sale at your sewing supply store of choice, like I said earlier I scored the moajority of my first patterns from a great sale. You can also get on Amazon.com and browse around to find good deals on there too. They are usually less than the store bought prices.

However you want to go about it HAVE FUN!! I love shopping for patterns because there are so many that its just like clothes shopping except you get to create it just how you want it 😀

The print is small on these packets!

One thing you should know is that patterns can be very intimidating to the begginer sewer. Located on the back of the pattern is all of the supplies you will need and in what amount per what size you want.

Pick what design you want to do then their should be a letter indicating to it’s supplies on the packet. Let’s say the corresponding letter is “B” then you need to refer to all of the supplies that are first indicated by that letter. If you can see on the picture what I’m talking about then you should know what I mean. You may need some body measurements in order to pick what size of the garment you want to make. If your making a none clothing item then you may or not need meaurements for your project. So have these written down before you go shopping for supplies. Be sure to get everything you will need for your project so you don’t have to run back to the store later. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from an employee at the store. They will be able to point you in the right direction and help you decipher a tricky pattern. Notions are also listed on the patterns supply list.

 

Notions- a general term that indicates supplies needed to complete a sewing project along with the pattern and fabric; examples are zippers, buttons, twill tape, thread, etc.                     -Encyclopedia of Sewing

You can find all kinds of different patterns!

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have all of the supplies you will need to complete your project (make sure you have the tools you will be needing also, atleast the essentials I told you about in a previous Sewing Lesson post) you should open your pattern packet and take a once over of the directions. If you don’t recognize some of the terms be sure to look it up so you fully understand your instructions. This is important because if you don’t understand you may be dissapointed when your project doesn’t come out properly.

**I like to cut out all of my pattern pieces to get rid of the excess pattern tissue paper. MAKE SURE you are cutting them out on the biggest size so you don’t ruin the pattern pieces. When you have them all cut out gather the pieces you will need by following the instructions. They typically have each project design listed and then a series of numbers regarding what pattern pieces are needed, you can find these numbers printed on the corresponding pattern pieces. Before you get started cutting out your fabric you should turn your iron on the lowest dry setting and give your pattern pieces a delicate once over so that they will lay flat on the fabric ensuring a more accurate cut 😉 Little trick courtesy of your truly.

To be Continued…

 

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Much Love All! TTFN! Stay tuned for tomorrows SAHM Segment 😉

 

Chelsea

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