I am so excited sewing lessons started again this week. The door to the sewing studio whips open, the kids come in "Hi Miss Sandi, How are you?" Watching the kids come into the sewing studio with smiles on their faces and very happy to be back sewing again in the studio makes my heart melt. They whip off their winter coat (yes, we still have snow and cold outside....but very hopeful for warmer days of summer), kick off their boots, change into shoes, and they are off. They find their drawer (there are 60) and pull out the Seams Sew Cool sewing kit 3-ring binder. In the binder, they pull out their next pattern to sew. Gabi age 7, almost 8, is pictured above and posing with some of the projects she has created.... a doll sleeping bag (check out the ribbon and cool flower embellishments), small pillow, and bigger envelope pillow (an envelope pillow is a pillow covering which is removable). She used the patterns I have created for my sewing lessons. The patterns also include instructions to complete the project. For each project, I go over the instructions with the students step-by-step so they can start understanding "sewing language." After they learn some of the sewing language, they are able to read and understand the instructions and are on their way to being independent with just a little help from me. I feel so proud of my students in all they are accomplishing with my lessons. What a way for the kids to find their creative voice while learning an invaluable skill!
I have so many scraps I could scream.....well, not really, but I need to give them away to make more room for.....well....more scraps. As you can imagine, teaching kids to sew creates lots and lots of scraps. The scraps I am giving away are small scraps, probably 1 inch in size or less. I am hoping this envelope of fabric scraps can go to someone who will use them. No cost to you.....I am paying the postage. All you have to do is comment below and let me know what you would do with the scraps. I will pick a winner on December 27, 2015.
FRONT OF THE PATTERN
1. Name of the pattern company. In this case, the name is Simplicity. There are other fabric companies such as McCalls, Vogue, and Butterick. These are the commercial pattern companies. There are also many independent pattern makers, but we will cover them another time.
2. Pattern Number.
3. Sizes in U. S., Europe and France
4. Design variations. Each one is marked with A. B. C. D. E which will be useful when reading the back of the pattern. Note that the dress can be made into a top, the dress can be made into a top with sleeves. The pants can be made into shorts. Same pattern, different variations.
5. Sometimes the pattern company will sew up one of the garments in the pattern and model it. This is very useful so you can actually see the article of clothing on a person instead of a hand-drawn image.
6. Line drawings of each pattern. This helps to determine the design details, if any.
7. Fabrics: The type of fabric you purchase to use for your clothing is crucial in the success of your article of clothing. As a beginner, follow this closely. The company knows what fabric will work with this pattern. Also, if a view can be used with another type of fabric, that will be stated here.....such as view A, B, C also in charmeuse, challis.
8. Notions you will need for your outfit. In this instance, thread will be needed for all projects. If you are sewing view "A," then you will need"one pkg. of 1/4" wide elastic. If you are sewing "A, B, or C," you will need one pkg of 1/2" wide single-fold bias tape.
9. Body Measurements: In this area, Simplicity gives a sizing help website which is awesome for a beginner who is looking for more information on measuring. It is www.simiplicity.com/size help. Do not choose your pattern size based on ready-to-wear sizes. In order to read this chart, pretend your measurements are Chest 27", waist 23-1/2", Hips 28", back-neck to waist 12", approximate height 52", then your pattern size will be 8. If you look in the first column, you will find these measurements and then the corresponding pattern size. If you are going to make pants, then measure your hips (more on taking your measurements in the future) and then look on the chart, find your hip size. look straight down from that measurement to find your size. So if your hips are 32", then travel straight down from the 32" and the pattern size will be 12. If you will be making a top or dress, find your chest measurement, example 28-1/2", then travel straight down from the 28-1/2" and the pattern size will be a size 10.
10. Fabric: For example, let's look at D Pants. Underneath the word D Pants is 45"** and 60"**. The 45" and 60" means the width of the fabric. How do you know the width of the fabric? Either measure it from selvage to selvage or look on the end of the bolt.
11. Views D and E need elastic and the amounts are given.
12. Garment Measurements: This area gives the finished garment measurements. So, for instance, if you are a child size 12 (chest size 30"), then follow down the column to the Garment Measurement section and find A. Chest. Your finished garment chest measurement is 33-1/2". If the chest measurement is 30" and the finished garment measurement is 33-1/2", that means the top is 3-1/2" bigger in circumference, so the top at the chest will not be skin tight. It will fit you with some room between you and the fabric. This is called "ease."
13. *withoutnap **with nap ***with or without nap. What does nap mean? Fabrics such as velvet, corduroy, or velour have a "nap." The raised fibers of napped fabrics lie in one direction. So if you lay two pieces of napped fabric side-by-side and then turn one piece of fabric around so the top is now at the bottom but still right side facing up, you will see that the fibers look different. In cutting out fabrics for patterns, make sure the nap is all going in the same direction. Also, if your pattern calls for fabric "with nap," more yardage will need to be purchased.
FINDING THE BODY MEASUREMENTS IF NOT LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE PATTERN ENVELOPE.
Some pattern companies print the body measurements on the flap of the pattern envelope instead on the back of the pattern envelope.
The cost of the pattern is usually written on the pattern, either on the flap (see example above) $13.95 USA or on the front of the pattern envelope. Sewing stores such as Hancock Fabrics offer an every day discount of 40% and also run sales where you can purchase the patterns at steep discounts, such as $1 a pattern! Worth waiting for!
I am super-duper excited to announce that registration is in full swing for sewing classes for kids ages 8 and up. We have oodles of fun learning how to sew.....and guess what?! learning to sew is a life-long skill. So get on board and start sewing and having fun with Seams Sew Cool! Check "Kids Sewing Classes" for days and times of classes. Contact me to sign up your child at email@example.com.
Sew Mama Sew has done it again with a contest called the Super Online Sewing Match 2. They choose 10 contestants and each week the contestants have to sew a pattern chosen by Sew Mama Sew. The pattern and fabric are provided for the contestants (aaaawesome!) Each week at least one contestant is eliminated. I did not enter the contest, but I did join the Community Match which means you can sew along with the challengers and win prizes. This challenge is not judged, and winners will be picked at random. You have to use your own pattern and fabric but bring on the challenge, I am ready!!!
The Sutton blouse is the first pattern to sew. The pattern is by True Bias and is a loose-fitting, v-neck top with kimono sleeves, a one-piece yoke, and a back inverted pleat. The back is longer than the front and includes slits at both the lower side seams.
This pattern is a dream to sew, and the top is so cute and easy to wear. I will be making 100 more of the Sutton top, well maybe not that many! The directions are so easy to follow, and the inside of the garment turns out as nice as the outside.
The Renfrew top pattern arrived in the mail last week. I am very excited to make this top, as I have heard and read so many good things about the pattern, like the fit for one. The armholes are supposed to be cut higher under the arm in order to give a better fit. This makes me very happy, as I usually have to adjust this part of a pattern. I have the pattern cut out, and at the moment, I am looking through my stash of knits. Again, I don't want to spend a lot of money on a good knit until I know how the pattern will fit me and all adjustments are made to the pattern. So I am off to look through my stash of knits.
Winter top sewn in the summer!!!!
I really do know it is the start of summer, so why am I sewing a winter top, you ask? Well, it is because I always have more to do than time, and I am a teeny bit behind on some projects I wanted to accomplish. I found the Lola top while I was perusing the www.Lladybird.com website. I fell in love with this top as I really like casual clothes with design lines to flatter the figure. I am 5'2". Any way, I received the Lola Victory pattern and couldn't wait to test it out.
I made a mockup (or prototype) of the new pattern to see how it fits. The only pattern alteration I made to start out was shortening the bottom portion of the pattern. I omitted the pockets also. I usually test out a pattern by making alterations in length to see how the rest of the pattern fits me. The first Lola top I made I found the neckline really wide, and I needed to make an adjustment to the neckline. Here is a picture of the neckline after alteration.
So the second Lola top I sewed, I used a fabric from Hancock fabrics. It was sort of a pontine fabric. The hand was nice, and it draped well. I took the neckline in. Now the neckline felt right, not too wide, and is comfortable for me. This is the only pattern alteration I made to the pattern besides taking off the band around the bottom. After wearing the top a bunch of times in my sewing classes, the top around the abdomen rubbed up against the cutting table and left pills across the front of the top. Major bummer.
I really liked the color combination of grey and cream which Lladybird used, and so my third top is the gray and cream. I did leave off the pockets this time just for a different look. The fabric came from I believe Nature's Fabric. Since I bought the fabric over a year ago, I can't remember where I bought it, but I know Natures's Fabric has wonderful fabrics, so I think it was from their online store. The neckline and wrist binding were purchased from Hancock Fabrics. I will wear this top a lot starting in the fall. My husband even likes it!
After taking pictures of the top, I noticed the back is way too long for me. See how there is excess fabric. Oh man, I didn't notice that. It is amazing what a picture will show. So the next top I make I will be making an alteration to the back bodice by shortening it by the excess amount.
The Lola top is incredibly easy to sew. I used my serger for the seams and I used a stretch twin needle for the hems and top stitching. It is entirely possible to sew the entire top on a sewing machine.
I want to make this top again and again. Now that I have some of the pattern alterations figured out, I can't wait to make this pattern again. Next time I will shorten the bodice back and maybe put the band on the bottom and add the pockets. I am hunting for fabric as we speak and can't wait to get this top to fit me perfectly!
Take care and sew long,
2 Pieces cotton fabric measuring 6-3/4" x 6-3/4"
1 Piece of fabric measuring 6-3/4" x 4"
2 pieces of fusible interfacing measuring 6-3/4" x 6-3/4"
1 piece of fusible interfacing measuring 6-3/4" x 4"
Hook and Loop tape, each measuring 5"
Rick Rack Four 7" pieces
5 pink buttons and 5 orange buttons (or button color of your choosing)
1. Fuse interfacing to all wrong sides of fabric pieces.
This project is easy to make. It is so small and easy to pop in your purse to pull out anytime you or your kids want to play a game while waiting at the doctor's office, at the restaurant, etc.
Please let me know if you like this tutorial. I hope to design and make more easy projects for you!
Parents tell me this is their daughter's go-to-dress for comfort. It is made with a premade tee shirt which is cut off and a fabric of your (or your daughter's) choice added on. No zippers, no buttons, no Velcro. Check out the tutorial at http://francoisetmoi.com/2014/03/17/the-easy-tee-shirt-dress/#more-4642
Hello! We all need tools when we sew, and there are a few key tools you will absolutely need to get started with sewing. As you increase your skills, you will be adding to your collection of sewing tools.
1. Pincushion. A must to hold all the pins in one spot. Why not sew a cute pincushion to use?
2. Pins. For my Seams Sew Cool classes, I like the long pins with colorful tops. They are easy to see, as it is not-so-good idea to sew over pins....and they are easy to handle for little or big hands. Available at your local fabric or craft store.
3. Point Turner. This tool is great for pushing out corners and making them perfectly square. Available at your local fabric store.
4. Seam Gauge. Oh yes, we do measure in sewing class, and we do use this tool a lot. It is a very awesome tool for precise measuring. Available at your local fabric store.
5. Seam ripper. This tool is used to rip out those pesky seams that didn't turn out right. Available at your local fabric store.
6. Water Soluble Marking Pencil. This tool is used for marking lines or dots on your fabric, and comes in a range of colors for light or dark fabrics. The marks wash away once the project is washed. Available at your local fabric store or EZ Quilt online store.
7. Chakoner. This is a real find, and one of my favorite tools. Use this sweet little marker to create distinct, ultra-fine chalk lines on your fabric (which washes out with the first wash). This tool is hard to find in the fabric store, but you can pick one up at Sew Maris on Etsy.
8. Small Scissors. A pair of rounded kid scissors is great for cutting threads at the sewing machine. You can find them at any craft store.
9. Dressmaker shears. Use these for cutting out your pattern and fabric. There are scissors for right and left hands. Available at your local fabric store.
10. Clear ruler. I use this in conjunction with the Chakoner to draw straight, ultra-fine lines on the fabric. This one is found at EQ quilt online.
There are many, many more tools, but these are just the basics to get started sewing. I hope this helps you in your quest to start sewing.
Hello! It sure feels like spring in northern Minnesota doesn't spring just make you feel good? I have been teaching kids to sew now for 5 years and have been asked by many people if I had a program to buy so they could start a business teaching kids to sew. Well, after many, many months of writing and perfecting everything and taping videos, my sewing program is finally ready. I hate to say it but I am not tech savvy, and I am having a hard time setting up the checkout part of my shop, and because people want this program, I am going to put the information here until I can get the checkout portion figured out.
If you want to buy the program, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you a Paypal invoice. After you have purchased the program, I will send you all the information via email.
Here is the information regarding the program. Please contact me if you have questions.
How to Start a Business Teaching Kids to Sew
Love sewing? Love to teach kids? Love to make money? Turn your passion for sewing into a
stream of income with the Seams Sew Cool Program. I created this program 5 years ago and
have successfully taught hundreds of kids to sew in my home sewing studio. Learning to sew is
sweeping the country, and parents want their kids to learn to sew.
A Guide to Starting a Business Teaching Kids to Sew features a 45 page e-book walking you
through how to set up your area and start teaching kids to sew, 13 patterns and written
instructions from the sewing 100 series program to use in the classroom, and 30+ videos to teach you how I teach the Seams Sew Cool Program. New techniques are introduced with each
project so you can teach skills and help the student feel confident one project at a time. The
Series 100 patterns are for you to use over and over in your classroom.....no need to keep
purchasing patterns for new students!!!
In the Sewing 100 series (pattern kits 101, 102, 103), there are lessons to teach the student for 7 to 9 months (2-hour lesson every other week). Once the 100 series has been completed, the student will move on to the next series.
Some of the items we will also cover in the ebook are:
How Many Students Per Class?
What Days To Teach And For How Long?
What Should I Charge?
Teaching The Seams Sew Cool Program
Sewing 101, 102, and 103 Kits
Yay, Someone Signed Up....Now What Do I Do?
Forms and Information To Send To Parents, Either PDF or Snail Mail
Information And Policies
List of Sewing Studio Equipment
Hold Harmless Form
Student Information Page
Sewing 101, 102 and 103 Kit Sheet
There are videos for you to learn how to teach the students how to sew each of the 13 projects. Plus there are videos on how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine, how to change the sewing machine needle and clean the sewing machine correctly, sewing tools and safety, how to whipstitch, how to correctly stuff a project, how to use a seam ripper, how to attach fusible interfacing, how to lock your stitch and bury your thread, etc.
There are many aspiring sewists just waiting for a teacher to teach them sewing! Why not let it be you?!
The Cost of the Seams Sew Cool Series 100 Program is $118 and includes:
30+ high quality videos
13 patterns with written instructions (copy as many as you wish to use in your classroom, no need to purchase patterns for each student)
45-page E-Book with all the information to get you started with your business
Because of the nature of this product, there are no refunds. Please do not sell or distribute patterns, instructions, or videos. The patterns and instructions are for you and your students. The videos are for your use.
Once your purchase has gone through, you will receive the E-Book as a download right away.
Within 24-hours I will email you a PDF of the pattern files with instructions and the passwords for the video files.
Coming in the future....
TEACHERS' SEWING CIRCLE $9.95 a month which includes:
• Your business listed on my website
• Ongoing support
• Newsletters which will include:
• Ideas for running your business
• Downloadable patterns
• Video instruction on new patterns
• Discounts on patterns
• Instructor facebook page
Take care and sew long!