My bestest friend came to stay with me over the weekend. I didn’t hardly get to see her and I’m missing her already. She’s due to inherit a sewing machine soon. And when I asked her what she would like for her birthday (she’s also an April baby) she said, “sewing lessons.” It got me to thinking how much fun we could all have if we worked through some sewing projects together. I can share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years and you can share some of yours. It’s so much fun to work on projects together and see the uniqueness you all come up with. We will all be learning how to express our own personal style in so many different ways. It’s so fun to learn from each other’s mistakes, be inspired by some really great style and take that style and somehow, make it your own. Sound fun? I think so too!
There are some great forums out there, one of which is Burda Style. I suggest, for those who are going to participate, that you become a member there and start looking around at all of the great things people can make. They have free downloadable patterns and the membership is free too. You can also post your creations to inspire others to do the same.
Well, now I’m going to show you what I’m working on. Don’t worry, we won’t be starting out with this detailed of a project, but it’s been a seriously long time since I made anything for myself. This is a muslin tester for a jacket I’m working on. We’ll go over some tips and what not, but I do need to stress that you really need to make muslins before you actually make the finished garment. Why, you might ask? You never know how a pattern is going to fit. This is Simplicity pattern 3538 and how was I to know that it was a little snug in the shoulders? This little tester let me feel that. So I added a little extra in the back. Now it fits just fine. I also write directly on the muslin. Little notes to myself while I’m scheming on design and such.
I even try out new techniques like this very couture triangular bound buttonhole! I’ll be back to show you the finished product. It’s turning out fantastically!