I am not a designer. I am a sewist. I have no formal training in design or sewing. I have taken home economics from grade 5 to grade 13. I have taken countless courses and classes at sewing stores. I have worked with experienced sewists and green design graduates. Mostly I have committed to make something for someone and then figured out the how.
Time to make some pj shorts and pants for the summer - if we ever get summer! This time I thought that I would show some of the steps involved and how I do things. Every sewer has there own way and we can all learn from each other.
For my youngest daughter, I am making pants and shorts. To add interest to the pants I cut the leg to add a different fabric and piping.
When you "slice and dice" patterns you need to remember a couple of things.
1. Before you cut, extend the grain line on the pattern piece.
2. I line up the grain line with the grid on my cutting board.
3. Draw your new cutting line perpendicular to the grain line.
4. I write reminders to myself to add a seam allowance to the cut edge.
5. Label all parts of the pattern. This way you can put it back together if you need to.
6. I use an older rotary cutter just for paper.
7. Slice along the line, spread, and add another piece of paper.
8. Use a ruler to draw a new seam allowance and cut.
My daughter always complains that the shorts I make are too long. This time I took a pair of shorts she loves and measured the inseam and crotch length. I have lowered the waistline and cut the leg shorter.
Repeat the changes on all pattern pieces.
I cut my paper and my fabric pieces with separate rotary cutters. I have a large grid mat. My cutting table is a very old oak table that my uncle called a library table. To save my back, I raised the table with bed risers from Bed,Bath,& Beyond. They were $8.00 for four and are worth their weight in gold. Please don't be shocked by the amount of stuff and dust beneath my cutting table.
Next time - buttonholes and piping.
I recently attended the annual "More than a Yardage Sale" at the Textile Museum of Canada. As always there were treasures to be found for great prices.
One of my purchases was this box for $2.00. It contains a full kit to make a waterproof anorak. Perfect for walking the dog. The pieces are already cut out including the lining. Even the notions and thread are included! The zipper would have cost me more that $2.00.
I can't wait to start it.
And speaking of dog.... beware of cute puppy photo....
Bailey's favourite spot in the garden is under the apple tree. She like to lie there and watch the birds.
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