Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A former co-worker of mine recently got married and I gave her a sewing machine for a shower gift. I also promised to teach her to sew. Based on some tips I read on Dawn's blog, The Secret Pocket, I suggested my friend's first project should be a nightshirt made from flannel. Easy pattern, McCalls 2476, with some good practice components - straight seams, curved seams, facings, trim application, etc. - and flannel is easy to work with. And as Dawn points out, it's an item that will only be worn in the privacy of your own home so if it doesn't turn out perfect, the creator doesn't have to feel self-conscious that others will see.
It took us three sessions (and three bottles of wine!) but my friend finished. As you can see, it's too big even for a night shirt but she is giving it to her mom. It was a lot of fun for both of us and hopefully, a new sewer was created! Which of course means more demand for fabric and therefore, more fabric suppliers. Keep it growing!!