I'm a sewer; pretty sure I'd be a spinner and carder too if I had my own sheep :) I started working on sewing when I was 11 - my mother helped me make my first dress. Since then, I've been slowly but surely learning as I go....and probably developing my own weird ways of doing things that will entertain.
I'm surprised by the number of people who are going back to working with their hands, whether it's gardening, knitting, sewing or canning. So here, for anyone out there in cyberworld is my own little suggestion list for starting to sew (I'll get you all up-to-date on canning in July when peaches and blueberries are ready for me!).
The first thing about sewing is needing a few basic tools. Besides the obvious sewing machine (I'm not even hard-core enough to hand sew!), you'll need a good pair of sharp scissors, a pin cushion, a couple packages of pins and some patience to start!
The next step in getting your sewing career started is picking a pattern to start with. The tape measure will come in handy here to take your measurements before you head of to the store. For most patterns, you'll need to know your waist, hip and bust.
The pattern pictured above is now helping me to make the 2nd and 3rd aprons I've made with this pattern.
I also recommend when looking for patterns to pick something simple for your first project....nothing slows down enthusiasm faster than an impossibly hard start. Avoid zippers, buttons and other complex roadblocks to beginning. You'll get there, but don't try to take on every challenge at once.
The back of the pattern will give you the information you need on how much fabric to buy and what other things you should pick up at the store. Where it says Notions - those are the things you need for the pattern you're going to make. The back of the pattern also gives you the measurements you should be looking for, depending on the sizing. There will also be a recommended list of types of fabric to make your item out of.
The first recommendation is usually to wash and dry the fabric. This then requires the additional step of ironing to get the wrinkles out before you place the pattern pieces.
That being said, I also NEVER take the pattern piece off the fabric until I'm ready to sew with it. I'd rather not spend the afternoon trying to figure out which piece is which. If I need to use the same pattern piece to cut a second piece I pin through the first piece into the fabric to cut again.
Tomorrow I'll be starting to piece the pieces together....that's when the actual fun begins!