Monday, February 11, 2013

An Eager Yet Novice Sewer

I have checked out from my local library, some of the top sewing references mentioned around the interwebs. I have in my hot little hands:


  • Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto
  • Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin
  • Sew What! Skirts by Frencesca DenHartog
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women by David Coffin
  • 200 Sewing Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets by Lorna Knight
  • Fabric-by-fabric's One Yard Wonders
I am armed with a collection that now consists of 34 patterns, including shirts and blouses, skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, jumpsuits, jackets, blazers, coats, swimwear and a toddler pattern for my sweet little Baby K. Baby K isn't *my* baby, she's the most awesomest baby of a close friend. My "babies" are taller than me and have mustaches and go on dates. Oy vey!

Every pattern I've bought has been a part of Hancock or JoAnn's sales; 5/$5 on Simplicity, $1.99 or 2/$3 Butterick, $1.99 McCall's, $3.99 Vogue...and a couple of New Look patterns from Wal-Mart. 

On my hot list of patterns I want to see come to life like, yesterday:
  • Butterick 5525 and 5678. Both are button down/up(?) shirt patterns, something I am completely lacking in my wardrobe.
  • NewLook 6130. I LOVE the peplum. I was ready to make this my first project but opened it and had a missing pattern sheet :( I am waiting on a replacement copy.
  • Simplicity 2255. This is high up on my list. I want to make version D in a kelly green to pair with a pencil skirt done in navy & white knit jersey. (My daughter loves version A and I went back and got the smaller pattern size so I can make it for her).
  • Vogue 8787. Inspired by Mimi G's version in black. This would be great for datenight!
  • Simplicity 2246. Who doesn't want an awesome shirt dress? RIGHT?!?
  • Simplicity 2562 and 2700. I want amazing fitting slacks and I want them now!
  • Simplicity 1887. I love the shorts. But I'm in Minnesota so those won't be sewn up anytime soon...
  • McCall's 5400. In keeping with the theme of the ever elusive summer. I want all but the ruffled version.
  • Simplicity 2508. More in line with where my mind needs to be :) Although this coat is something I'd probably begin to attempt in late summer/early fall.
In my mind I have a few outfits in mind and if I can find the time (I sewed all day on Saturday - ALL DAY!! And completely abandoned my family. I'm guessing this is not an acceptable norm??

I'm excited to be gaining this lifelong skill. I have also inspired my sister in law to break out her sewing machine that she bought in 2005!!!! Woohoo!



2 comments:

  1. I'm enjoying your blog. It's nice to read about other beginners. You're doing well! I bought myself a sewing machine for Christmas, but I haven't actually made anything yet. (I have figured out how the machine works and practiced all the stitches, etc.) Mostly, I just read about people who actually make things, and I buy sewing books! (I have the Fit for Real People book.) I did cut out one pattern, but I made a little mistake and the instructions confused me. I have zero previous experience and am easily intimidated. But I have found a teacher and hope to start lessons in a few weeks.

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  2. Hi Leigh Ann! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

    Are you as blown away by all of the awesome at-home seamstresses there are among us?! I had no clue when I began to pine for a sewing machine that this entire world existed :)

    I'm glad you're getting lessons. It is crazy rewarding to go from a piece of folded fabric to a REAL item/garment! I'm sure you'll do great.

    Are you on Pattern Review?

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