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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Starting from the beginning

Tutorial:  Indie Tutes Peasant Shirt
Skill Level:  Beginner
Rating:  Jump Right In!

I don't like patterns.  I just don't.  My husband would say it has something to do with being told what to do.  My mom would say something about me being just like my dad.  They'd both be right...sort of.  

I don't know, it's something about all the fidgety parts of a pattern that frustrate me.  I'm sure one day I'l grow up and sew like a big girl.  Until then, I really like tutorials.  Maybe it's the pictures.  hmmm....

Well, I'd like to say I've kept track of every thing I've made, but I can't really do that.  I started sewing about four years ago intermittently for my daughters.  The first tutorial I used was to make a tiered skirt for my daughter.  I didn't use a single tutorial - but a compilation of several different sites.  So, I'll link all of them!  #
I started with the J Caroline instructions and adjusted slightly with the tutorial from Kuky Ideas and one from Crafster.

Then, just because it seemed like the right thing to do, I followed that up with Indie Tutes' Peasant Blouse.

And, this is what we ended up with:

Peasant Blouse and Tiered Skirt

Then, obviously, we needed a few for my nieces in Japan.  #  Unfortunately, by the time I got off my duff, made and mailed them, they barely fit.  $   Lesson learned:  little girls grow FAST!

Raggedy Ann



  1. nice stuff, they look great! Good luck with your new blog and enjoy sewing :)

  2. Oh Thank You! I'm so glad you could see the link. I'm not sure if I should comment any time I post someone else's tutorial. What do you think?


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