May 16, 2011

Beginner's First Ginger Sewalong Kickoff

Friends, its here! Are you so excited or what? I'm way excited to be sewing along with you. I've received so many comments, emails and love about this sewalong and I can honestly say that I'm more excited about this sewalong than any of the others I've led so far. It's nice to know that the community of sewing is expanding everyday with new people wanting in on the action - which is why I think many of you are here. This will truly be geared towards the beginning sewer with helpful hints - just like in your ginger pattern - and ideas to make your first garment making experience a success. Ready? On your mark. Get Set. Sew!

To hit things off, and for those of you who might still be sitting on the fence about this sewalong, I've made one up just in honor of today - the beginning of the sewalong. It was an easy fit, an easy sew and to be really honest took me only a few hours to put together. A quick win, if you will. And when you're first starting out, that's what you need - a little ego booster!

I made my first Ginger out of a rather fun vintage fabric that I picked up at my local thrift. I think the fabric cost me around $2 and is a cotton/polyester blend - which you may know, for me, is not usually something I go for. I loved the print though. Has a bit of a 70s vibe, doesn't it? I added a store bought piping to the waistband, which is actually a tip in the pattern booklet, and finished it off with some fun retro pockets that I drafted myself, another tip from the pattern. To view more pics of this cutie, head on over to the flickr group pool (and while your at it, Join!). It's so easy and fun to wear and gives a bit of pow to my image. See? You totally have to make one now!

OK, you're probably foaming at the mouth to start getting your Ginger on! This first week we'll be talking about what your going to need, fabric selection, a bit of a history lesson and giving you some great inspiration. Why? Well, you are going to need time to get your supplies and some of you might be stumped as to what fabric and look you want to go for. Here's what I suggest:

Tomorrow Tasia, the Sewaholic is going to be giving us a great fabric selection lesson. I'll be doing a sister post on the supplies and notions you'll need to make your own version of the Ginger. Jot down some notes on what you'll need and take your search to your local fabric store and start looking at fabrics. Or even better - shop your own fabric stash! Take your time. Maybe you need to think about it and come back tomorrow. This week it's about prepping your authentic seamstress with inspiration, tips and ideas to create a skirt that's uniquely you and something you'll treasure and wear for years to come. OK? Ok.

Still want to join in the fun? Of course you can! There's still time to purchase your pattern and have it coming while you tempt yourself with fabric and notions too. Actual skirt construction starts next week and later on June 2, we'll be having a Ginger Tea Party, where we'll be sharing our final Gingers with each other.

To get caught up, here's a link to the Ginger Sewalong postings so far:

Off to be inspired! Ta for now!

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