CREATE YOUR OWN PATTERNS
A lot of beginners I have met want to go straight into pattern cutting or creating their own patterns without strong foundations in sewing. To me, it is a bit like taking your first driving lesson on the M25.
Sewing is a life-long journey, you pick up new skills every day. So, my question is, why don’t you want to ease yourself into it gently? I fully appreciate the excitement of making your own dress or blouse, but there is a lot to be said about sewing techniques too.
This is how my workshops are structured;
Your first class, is The Introduction to the sewing machine, click here. After that, you will be taught to sew a cushion cover. While some might think a cushion cover is basic, it’s actually simplicity lies in the fact that it is consolidating all the skills you learnt in your first workshop and even more. You will be learning a lot of new skills, like measuring, seam allowances, hemming, lining up your fabric, learning how to pin etc. This is a simple way of getting you to practice your sewing more, so you are not just making a cushion cover for the sake of it; after all, sewing is all about practising.
This week, I have decided to take a different approach. In addition to sewing a cushion cover, we created a pattern from scratch. This is what I would call, a gentle way of easing you into the world of patterns. The first time you pick up a commercial pattern, you will not be daunted by all the lines or by the pattern paper itself, because we practised on something similar.
Also, you would have a fair understanding of what patterns are meant to achieve. Most importantly, the next time they felt like sewing a cushion cover, as long as the measurements are the same, all they had to do is cut the fabric because the pattern was available already.
I think this was a very successful exercise and it is something all newbies should practice. Create your patterns for simple items and begin to accumulate your collection of patterns. The first time you see the commercial pattern, it won’t be so daunting.