Saturday, 30 November 2013

Sew U Home Stretch Review

The other day I was lucky enough to find Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin at Goodwill for only $3.. and it had all 3 patterns included! I swear, this never happens to me.

This book provides an overview of sewing with knits and it includes 3 patterns for your own use. I was lucky enough to have all 3 uncut patterns included with my secondhand book.

The first part of the book goes over the different materials that you need to be able to sew knits, including different machines, needles etc. Most of the book assumes you're using a serger, but it also mentions using a zigzag stitch on normal sewing machines and the use of a coverstitch machine. It also goes over the different types of stretch fabrics and their properties.

The book is really great for beginners because explains everything so thoroughly. There's instructions on how to measure yourself, how to lay out pattern pieces, how to cut your fabric, explanations of different sewing terms/supplies and it has lots of handy diagrams for during the sewing process.

My favourite part is probably the modifications for the included patterns. As I said before, there's three patterns: a crewneck t-shirt, a raglan shirt/hoodie and a skirt/dress.

At the beginning of each pattern's section, the book shows all the variations it provides instructions for. Most of the modifications just include changing the neckline/hemline, but the book provides great instructions and diagrams for how to alter the pattern pieces. I personally can't wait to make some boatneck shirts.

The raglan pattern allows you to make a few different items, including a baseball tshirt and a hoodie.

The dress pattern mods look cute too.

Overall,  I think this a great book to get started on sewing knits. It provides lots of explanations and I'm a big fan of the visual instructions. I can't wait start sewing some basics!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

My tiny fabric stash.

One of the worst things about living in Edmonton is that you need a car to basically get everywhere. Urban sprawl sucks. Since I live on campus at the university, there really isn't a way for me to get to any fabric stores through public transport.

I still have some leftover fabric that I was planning to use to make another slouchy bag of some sort. I was originally going to use this at the same time that I made my other bag. The teal material is some sort of homedec canvas and the light brown is cotton.

I also have 2 metres of this Iris and Peony fabric by Philip Jacobs. Maybe I'll make some pillows? Since the only access that I have to a sewing machine is when I visit home during the holidays, it's pretty hard to plan projects. Such is life living in a college apartment...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The beginning.

Growing up, there has always been a sewing room in my house. My mom would make clothes, Halloween costumes or seasonal decorations for our home.

On and off I've had an interest in sewing. Usually I would just pick out the pattern and fabric, then let my mom do all the hard work. The first project I actually remember participating in was two fish-shaped Christmas stockings for my pet cats

I used McCall's 3472 and the fabric was some kind of red/gold cotton with a Christmas pattern. I'm not sure how much my cats appreciated my efforts haha.

Fast forward to Home Ec in junior high. Our sewing projects included handsewing a plush animal (I chose an elephant, he's not looking too hot these days though) and sewing a pair of pyjama pants. Can't say I remember too much about the construction of these, but I have proof that I can operate a sewing machine!


The latest project I've made was a crossbody hobo bag. I loved this style but I couldn't find any in the stores that I really liked so I persuaded my mom to help me make one.

I used Butterick B5799 in view A. I used home dec canvas for the outside and cotton on the inside. I lengthened the strap quite a bit and added a pocket inside for my phone.

I have lots of leftover fabric, so hopefully I'll be able to use that in the future.