Thursday, August 18, 2011
Getting addicted to sewing
Posted by Markiesnana
I was so used to my previous machine that this one didn't have that "old shoe" fit.
Recently, with granddaughter Taylor getting interested in sewing, I put my mind to getting familiar with the new gadgets on this machine.
I picked out a pattern for a skirt which I thought she would like.
The fabric was from Tutti Fruiti, and coordinates, so I bought three colors in that brand. What I didn't realize was how extensive the cutting, sewing and gathering would be. It was all worth it, however.
The layers of ruffles would have been easier if I had just used one strip of fabric to make a ruffle. Unfortunately, in this pattern, the fabric was cut into strips 40" long and 2.5 inches wide. After sewing the strips for each ruffle together on the long edge, the pattern called for then cutting the long strip into 5 inch blocks, then laying them end-to-end and stitching. After that came the gathering.
I wanted Taylor to share in a lot of this skirt-making, knowing that she would be so proud to put it together. I did the cutting and gathering, and I had her do a lot of the straight stitching. Her brother, Markie saw us and wanted to try my machine, also.
They both worked on straight stitches and did a lot of the work.
Taylor loves the finished product and I showed her how the elastic is fed through at the waist. She said "Oh, so THAT's how they get elastic in there!"
After that, I had her close the opening in the waist band, so she would be completing the project.
at 3:04 AM