All together the project took about 4 hours from start to finish. It was a great beginner project and the results were beautiul. Our instructor did a couple of small modifications to the pattern to make the bag reversable. My fabrics were pretty similar so there's not a start contrast as opposed to the other student in my class.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sewing from Patterns
Life has been pretty hectic lately with working and chasing a 13 month old around. I got a chance the other day to take another class at one of my local crafting stores, and it was a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of my day to day life. A couple of years ago for Christmas my mother gave me a sewing machine. It's nothing fancy, just a basic Brother machine. I've done a couple of projects on it out of old T-shirts (pillowcases and simple grocery bags) but I decided it wanted to learn how to do more. This class just happened to fall into one of my few days off and I was able to arrange child care, so....ME TIME!!!!
Now I had taken a few classes before to hone my cake decorating and knitting skills but this way my first attempt at doing any "real" sewing. I showed up with my machine, fabric, pattern, and all supplies in tow.
I learned to "read a pattern," (okay, the instructor helped us quite a bit), and iron on fusing, line up the straps etc. Then it was time to start the sewing. I was suprisingly nervous sewinging in front other people for the first time, but started off slow and soon felt comfortable with what I was doing. My biggest trouble was keeping my stitching straight. Luckily with my first project the thread blended in and you couldn't see it at all.