We are Sewing – Along!

Are you “Sewing Along” with Gretchen and Peter on BurdaStyle.com? They are doing a fantastic job leading us step by step sewing the skirt and dress. In fact they are doing such a good job leading our Coats & Clark/Free Spirit Sewing Month Sew-Along, that I’ve decide to just “Sew Along” with all of you.

My very girly lunch box was my inspiration. I love the black and white accented by pink.

My first step was to select my fabric. I “shopped” in my fabric stash and found these positive/negative prints by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit. I have to admit it is a real perk to work on same floor as our sister company Westminster Lifestyle fabrics. The temptation to hoard fabric is irresistable!

For the “pink” I pulled one of our Dual Duty XP fashion bright threads, Neon Pink 9213. I’m not sure how I’m going to use it yet….Any suggestons?

Next I selected the pattern. Another perk of working in the home sewing industry is going to great sewing shows. The pattern companies will present a fantastic fashion show featuring their newest patterns which they just happen to offer in their booth at a terrific show price. I can’t resist this temptation either. This skirt is one I purchased at the American Sewing Expo (which is coming up Sept 23-25 in Novi, MI by the way).

I’m old school– so I’ve prewashed my fabrics and straightened the grain–which was easy since these are quilting cottons and were torn on the crosswise grain. It really is best to pre-wash fabrics to remove shrinkage. Even if fit isn’t an issue, if your fabrics shrinks and the thread doesn’t you will have puckered seams.

Next step: Fitting pattern (Horrors–must take measurements!), layout, cutting and marking.

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