September 28, 2010 at 6:27 am #253319
have been doing a bit of sewing lately for my daughters. haven’t done any for a long time and had forgotten so much. thought i would share my efforts. daughter chose fabrics.September 28, 2010 at 6:59 am #479034
well done Sue.September 28, 2010 at 7:00 am #479035
They look fantastic! I was actually going through my fabric searching for the perfect one for a few summer dresses for the girls! I totally love that pattern! What is it???????September 28, 2010 at 7:20 am #479036
Absolutely love the blue, red and white one – that’s something I would buy for sure :tup:September 28, 2010 at 7:36 am #479037
it’s new look 6774. its multisized and has a combination of tops and bottoms that you can create lots of styles with. we bought a whole lot of new look patterns a while ago when they were on special for $5. am really enjpying sewing again.September 28, 2010 at 7:41 am #479038
cindy that’s katie’s dress -she is a japanese teacher and goes for anything a bit oriental looking. i wasn’t too sure when she bought it but it made up nicely. my other daughter who is always looking for ways to make a bit of cash ( she is still a student) wants me to make stuff to sell on the internet but I don’t think I want that kind of pressure . i used to have a market stall making kids heirloom style stuff (and although i loved making the clothes) i don’t want that pressure again.September 28, 2010 at 9:45 am #479039
I does have an oriental look about it – very, very pretty. I understand about not wanting the pressure – I just need to learn to sew as I would love to be able to make something as beautiful as that 😀September 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm #479040
if you are near a library there are lots of books to get you started. and have a look at the easy patterns- you learn a lot from them. i mostly learnt that way. just buy some elcheapo fabric and give it a go. you can do it!:tup::tup::tup:September 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm #479041
:tup: Lovely work
Cindy – Like Sue said – you can do it. I learned by buying a pattern for a men’s business shirt and some cheap fabric. The first short took a few attempts but after that things started to fall into place.
There’s so many people on ALS who will give you hints and tips too. That’s how I’ve learned to sew and, while I’m no expert, I get by.
If you buy a pattern and you find it difficult to follow, don’t give up. Try another brand. They all have slightly different techniques for doing the same thing. I often buy one brand’s pattern but use bits of another’s instructions (esp sewing on sleeves and collars).
You can do it 😀September 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm #479042
there is one book which is in the “dummies” series- “sewing for dummies” or “dressmaking for dummies”( or something like that) which has a huge amount of info in it. also Singer has a range of books as well. have a look at lots of publications and you will find your own techniques that work best for you. most pattern books have an “easy” section with lots of instructions to help you learn the basics. It is very rewarding and satisfying to create something that nobody else will be wearing and if you have kids or rellies with kids, sewing for them is great fun!:DSeptember 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm #479043
Thanks for the encouragement Herby and Sue – learning to sew is something I’ve wanted to do for ages – I think the hunt for a cheapish sewing machine might be in order 😀September 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm #479044
that would certainly make it easier!:lol: you don’t need one with all the bells and whistles. just buttonholes,(ziz zag)you pay for all those extra fancy stitches and you don’t really use them. if it has zigzag and i don’t think there are any machines that don’ these days) there will be quite a few pretty stitches on it as well which you can use if you so desire.once you are hooked you will probably want an overlocker which really makes things easier. I paid for mine by selling stuff on consignment at a few baby shops! go for it!September 29, 2010 at 12:14 am #479045
:clap::clap::tup: Wow, arent you the clever little seamstress Sue! Beautiful job on the dresses, you have been busy.
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