Testing 1, 2, 3…

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!

  • Abby - You are such a sewing genius. I need to make some baby things for my sister in laws having babies. Does that count?
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Yes, I just created the flickr group! I’ll also be doing some tutorials and such.
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  • Molly - Ok so I just started sewing a few months ago and love it. I found your blog on flicker! and love it too. I have a question, how do I make ruffles on things like aprons and skirts. I know that might be a dumb question but I just had to ask. Also thanks for the muslim idea I will try that on my next project. Have a great day!!!!~Molly P
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Hi Molly,Thanks so much for leaving me a comment on my blog. You have a great question, so great that I’m going to do a blog post on it. I will get it up very soon. I’ll give you the low down on how I did the ruffle for my jacket and some different types of ruffles you might find fun to incorporate into your projects. Thanks for the question, this gives me a great starting point.Sunni
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  • Molly - Thank you for the quick response, I am looking forward to your next post :) I just saw where you play the flute and I so wish that I had kept up with it after high school. OK enough rambling have a great day!!~ Molly P
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  • shelia - i love that you put the notes right on the muslin. so smart..i write notes and then loose them :)thanks for the tip!~
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  • Anne - Hi, as recommended I linked your sewing school on my blog. Thanx so much for sharing your knowledge!!!ReplyCancel