I have been in a sewing whirlwind lately. As in, I am sewing nearly every day for several hours a day. As in, when I try to sleep at night I imagine patterns and fabrics and how seams should align and where I can add pockets and pocket design…. I guess it’s better than worrying about the upcoming pack-out? Or, possibly a diversion? hmmm….
|I had a desk put in the dining room so I can keep my machine out all the time.
It is so handy to have a place to keep my current works-in-progress!
This is my first challenge to participate in. I have been diligently sewing garments for the past 3+ weeks, and I will keep it up until just before pack-out I think. Or until I punch my finger too many times with the seam ripper.
My plan here is to show you some of the things I’ve learned, show off a few things I’m making, and hope for mucho-praiso from you. (Can you tell I haven’t spent any time learning Spanish yet?)
So, on Monday (first day of the KCW Challenge) I traced and cut the Oliver + S After-School Shirt and Pants pattern for Helen and cut the fabric for the shirts. I had already traced and cut the pattern in Sadie’s size. And boy, in this pattern in particular I noticed how much larger the pieces are in a size 10 than in a size 3T. It took me twice as long to trace and cut the pattern for Sadie than it did for Helen.
Before I started sewing for my kids, I didn’t realize the benefit or need of tracing patterns. But, here’s the deal: when you spend $15 on a pattern that has 4-6 sizes on it, you definitely want to be able to use all the sizes, and if you cut the actual pattern, you can only sew that one size. So, this is where tracing is a good idea, though a bit of extra work.
I trace my patterns using a spiky tool I found in the sewing bench from the estate sale where I bought my first Singer. I think it is a pattern tracing tool. Genius, right? To do so, I put my cutting mat on the tale, then a piece of moving paper.
|These are the After-School Shirts ready to sew.
All markings are transferred, with the addition of the size.
Ooo- that gives me an idea that I would love love love a fabric store with a kids play area. Bliss!
|I made Sadie’s dress last summer, before I started using O + S patterns.
It is a peasant dress pattern from Simplicity.
|I just love the color combo!|
|Another freebie from O + S. This is the Ruffled Halter in a cotton/poly voile.
I also made one in a yellow branchy pattern that I’ll show you later.
|The back of the shirt.|
|Ready for summer!|