About the Categories
As I'm sewing my way through blog-land, I'm rating every tutorial I use - according to skill level and three ratings. Here is the break down of those:
Jump Right In: This tutorial is well organized and easy to follow. Don't worry about it, just jump right in!
Make a Muslin: The theory is good. The design is worth making, but the instructions are out of order or difficult to understand. Don't make the first one out of your "good fabric".
Don't Cut That: I imagine there won't be many of these. However, if I do use this rating, it will be because the tutorial is fraught with mistakes and misleading directions. Honestly, it would have to be pretty bad.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
During the boy's clothing roundup, Sew Mama Sew (again) led me to this "Easy Pants Tutorial" from Handy Home Projects. Let me first say, that I was incredibly intimidated by even the idea of this project. **Surely I can't make pants.** That's just crazy!
For this tutorial, however, I wish I could give it a better rating that "Jump Right In". I can't even find the appropriate words to describe how truly easy she made this. I use this process constantly in making pants for my kiddos. I've used this tutorial for everything from gauchos for the girls, to flannel-lined canvas pants for little man, fleece pants out of cheap fleece when we just need some extra warmth and the first ones I made: little dress pants for everyone out of Goodwill purchased pants from the LIMITED!! The fabric is so nice, that my oldest girls still wear these (even though they're considered nearly flood pants now O )
For these, reusing the hem from the original pants made extremely short work of four pair of nice pants!
So, without further ado, here are the pants I made the first go-round:
Oh, but a warning, these are post-DSLR, but pre-flash...so the photo quality is horrible. :(
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Eventually, Sew Mama Sew mentioned quilting in this post. With my interest perked, I (of course) ended up at Quilts & ATCs for the disappearing 9 patch tutorial. This tutorial (unfortunately) is not for a beginner. To me, if you need instructions to make the 9 patch disappear, you're probably a beginner, right? Well, I was. My seams were too big. I didn't know anything about quilting...but it turned out alright. So, I am rating this as an intermediate tutorial and giving it a Jump Right In rating because IF you already know a little about quilting, the Disappearing Nine Patch is very easy.
If you are a beginner, however, I recommend the PS, i quilt tutorial found here:
It's definitely more of the beginner-friendly tutorial we've all come to know and love!
Oh, and this is my first one...
And, I don't have a photo of the block after the patches "disappeared" :) but I have one of the wonky first quilt I made with them:
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Because I had four little girls at the time, my life was centered around ruffles and skirts. This is about the time I stumbled upon Sew Mama Sew!
Around the time I found it, was children's clothing round up time. How perfect! I thought I would have to sew for months just to be satisfied. I was wrong, it has taken years and I'm still not there. o
I started with the cutest little skirt that seemed like I could actually do it. :) It was the Charming Little Skirt Tutorial by The Merry Church Mouse. I have to be honest, I was terrified! I mean, this was actually sewing. :) I had no idea what I was doing, but had set my mind on making this for my second daughter's birthday. The tutorial was PERFECT. It was almost like she was in the room, holding my hand, saying no, no - like this. lol!
This was definitely the tutorial that made me feel like I would like to sew for a LONG time and that maybe I could actually be good at it.
So, I borrowed my mom's machine...
Spent an hour that night sewing...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The immediate next project was a circle skirt. I didn't use a tutorial for that one, just some geometry. But, I did try my hand at a tutorial for it - not very good. Either way, the method I use is just like this one from
Dana Made It!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
After being tipped off by a friend, I devoured the connimom wrap skirt tutorial. From that, I made my first clothing item for me!
The instructions were incredibly clear and concise. This is the first one I made, and I had pretty much zero sewing experience.
I made it out of clearance twill from Joann's...and still wear it in the fall. :)
Then later, I went back for the tutorial to make the girls' each a little kid-sized one (before I learned to print and file tutorials) and it was gone!!
So, without further ado, here it is - the bestest wrap skirt tutorial around: the connimom (aka Mamahen) wrap skirt,
Part 1 and Part 2
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