Anyway! :) I have learned a TON in these two short months. I've sewn something from each of: Simplicity, Butterick, McCall's, Vogue, and New Look. I've read --and am hogging as long as I can-- all of the popular sewing books and bibles from my public library. I think I've come to understand a lot but I'm not sure if I've officially made the leap from Beginner to Advanced Beginner. (Ooooooooh). It seems like info for beginners tend toward, "this is how you stitch a seam"...Here, make an apron!...A Pillowcase!!...Pajama pants!!!
Which are all fine things to sew! But, I don't need help sewing straight seams or understanding how to make elastic casings. I've got those skills down.
I'm going to look into some of the more specific classes. I know people are fond of Craftsy, and I have totally learned a bunch of stuff on YouTube so I think I can do video based learning. I've also found a class here on sewing pants that's held in May. I'd like to try my hand at a couple pair so I know what I don't know before I go. Capiche?
I've started with Simplicity 2700. It seems to be a love/hate pattern. Some sewers are head over heels about the Amazing Fit pants patterns and others want to set the pattern on fire. I hope I'm the former.
So far I've cut it all out, there are LOTS of pieces. Fronts and backs, yokes and pockets and fly and oh my! I didn't know it would be time to insert the fly so soon so I called it a day and will watch Sandra Betzina's fly insertion video before I attempt it. I'm using a poly blend (?) that I got out of the value section at Hancock's. My muslin is technically costing more than my garment fabric (scored on discount from FabricMartFabrics.com), but that's ok.
Here's my progress so far. The pocket lining/yoke is a pretty cotton that I used to make a case for my crochet hooks.
Alright. In other crafting news...I'm finally biting the bullet and taking knitting lessons. I've never taken lessons to learn anything crafty. I think I felt defeated that I *needed* knitting lessons and let over a year go by pining over knitting projects. No more! I'm going April 7 and 14 to a place in Minneapolis. I shall be a knit-master by fall!!!! :)