Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sewing 101



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!!

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh you two must have had so much fun! Especially sharing those bottles of wine while sewing :-) Good for you for doing your part in passing along the wonders of this creative outlet called sewing.

Autum said...

What a wonderful gift you gave her. Truly a gift that keeps on giving! Great idea!!

gaylen said...

That was a really great present. I'm glad you two were able to find time to get together and sew.

That purple malibrigo is great! Love that headband. Have you tried the calimari from Knitty? Really easy and also fun to knit.

Glad to see you were able to get some crafting done even while you were so busy at work.

Debbie said...

A great teacher -- even greater doling out those bottles of wine. Good first pattern big. and we certainly know the more involved in the hobby the more fun it is sharing

Allison said...

Sounds like a fun project and looks like you both might be able to share that night shirt! I love the purple Malabrigo headband - great job!

~Tonia~ said...

It looks great for a first try. Hopefully she will continue.

Michee said...

I've always started beginning sewers with pajama pants, for similar reasons. I've gotten younger (18-30) women to start sewing and I can't imagine any of us wanting a nightgown. LOL. While pajama pants don't have facings and usually don't have trim, they ARE just complicated enough that you have to pay attention. I remember my first pair of pajama pants (made without human direction)--every seam was ripped out twice! Once I got the hang of those, however, I've not feared much.
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