Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sewing advice please!

I've wanted to learn to sew my own clothes for a while - mainly because I don't like a lot of the stuff in the shops and want to wear what I like.

Bought what looked like a really simple pattern from Spotlight (for kids pj's), which the lady said was 'Absolutely basic - only 2 pieces for goodness sake'. This has done nothing for my self-esteem since I gave up on those pants and made my own. The trouble with the 'easy' pattern is it assumed prior knowledge and seemed to skip heaps of steps so i was left baffled as to how I was supposed to get from one illustration to another.

Have made a couple of PJ pants for the boys now (using a simple, sew 2 bits together, stick one inside out into the other, sew turn them out, fold the top and thread elastic through the hole. Keeping in mind that THIS was an achievement, can any of you suggest any REALLY simple (we're talking stuff a 10year old could do!) patterns that they may have seen on the internet anywhere (free preferably).

I've seen the Burda site - not simple enough. Lessons just aren't possible at the moment timewise. But tips and suggestions always welcome. Even good blog site addresses where people have made simple items of clothing.

Thanks in advance - I know there are a number of you who are great sewers out there.



TheCrone said...

Maybe our coffee mornings should be sewing groups!

I can do basic stuff (as you've seen) so will be willing to share my limited knowledge LOL

Call me - you have my number, and we can set something up!

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

Sounds great Crone! Still busy with babysitting issues at the moment but maybe next week?

Lucky-1 said...

Next month when the ladies start sewing in their local group, I'm going along to see if it's for me. I am just learning to sew. Maybe one of these sewing groups will be able to teach you.

Good luck and enjoy the fun of sewing.

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

Sounds like a great idea Lucky. Let us know how your first meeting goes.