Saturday, August 27, 2011

Simplicity Project Runway Sew-A-Long (4) Ready to Sew

Good grief!  I cannot believe it has taken me so long to get to this point!  In my younger years I could have started this project in the morning and had it hanging in the closet by bed time!  Of course I did not work outside my home then, I was a stay at home Mom and when the kids left for school, I sewed!   Now I work hard and am usually too tired to come home and work on a project.  I learned years ago... never, never sew if you are too tired, it will just end in disaster!

I did get a lot done today tho, I traced all my pattern pieces and copied all the markings and info onto each piece.  I do this if I have a multisize pattern.  I can't bear to pay for one and then only use it once because it has been cut out on one size and I need a different size.  This way I can reuse that pattern as many times and in as many sizes as I need to.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Well I have cut out around all the pattern pieces and pressed them.  Pressing them insures that they will lie flat on the fabric and make cutting out more precise and easier.

I am thinking I will cut along the size 6 lines.  I am waiting for confirmation of the measurements from Hanne's Mom.  Just as soon as they come in, I will begin cutting out the fabric.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Simplicity Project Runway Sew-A-Long...2( fabric preparation)

I have chosen my fashion fabric.  A cranberry babycord and a multicolored paisley.  I plan on making the dress and vest out of the cord and the yoke and sleeves out of the paisley.

I prepared my fabrics for sewing by straitening the grain using the technique I was taught years ago during a class I was participating in.  I am not sure anyone uses this technique any more, but I have done it for so long I cannot sew without first following these steps.

On the cut edges I clip one end about 1/2 to 1 inch from the edge.  This is usually enough to get a strait edge all the way across, but if it is not just repeat the process.  I then careful tear the fabric and it will tear easily and strait along that cut edge.  (some fabrics will not tear, with these you must pull a thread, very carefully, and then cut along that line the missing thread leaves, if the thread breaks, cut as far as you can then pull some more of the thread).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Simplicity Project Runway Sew-A-Long

I am participating in the Simplicity Project Runway Facebook Sew-A-Long.  The rules are that you must use a Project Runway or New Look Workroom pattern.  You must use a Technique that you have never done before (fabric you have never worked with, application you have never done, etc) and no pictures of your project can be posted until the last day which is September 15Th.

I have chosen my pattern which is Simplicity Project Runway 2157, you can check it out here, and I will be making it for my 6 year old grand-daughter.  I have not chosen the fabric yet but will post the info as soon I have.  I plan to post every step of the way from preparing the fabric to the last stitch of the hem.  I am excited and hope you follow along.