summer sew-along: progress check

July 1, 2010

I’ve worn the skirt I made last week an embarrassing number of times. I’m actually considering making another one, I love it so much. It’s actually incredibly similar to this skirt (possibly sold-out?) from patagonia. The patagonia skirt has some very cute patch buttons on the rump that I may try to duplicate on my next version of this skirt…

pattern weights

sandshell lenoAs for progress on any of my other sew-along projects: it’s been minimal. I traced and cut out the pattern for my shirt (photo of pattern on fabric at right). Yes, I trace my patterns, leaving the original completely reusable. I’ve tried cutting them out, and it drives me nuts. I have to go out and re-buy the pattern so that I have a complete version of it [and so I can stop obsessing about it]. Yes, I do think it’s called “hoarding”. I just deal with my craziness and trace it off. This has an interesting side-benefit: I really get to look at how the pattern pieces are shaped and made. It also helps with the whole size-denial thing; I can go back and make the smaller size if I find out this size was too big (I haven’t had to do that yet, sigh).

Because there of the minimal progress, I thought I’d share a few of my techniques. Or would these be a tips? Anyway:

• For patterns printed on tissue paper, tracing is super-easy. Place your pattern on top of your tracing paper, whip out a sharpie, and just draw over the lines and markings on the pattern. The ink bleeds through the pattern to the bottom paper, and you have a copy! You also can see what you did (and didn’t) trace.

• I use huge washers as my pattern weights. I think they were like fifty-eight cents each, and I bought $10.00 worth. I got some at home depot, and some at OSH. I think they were marked as 5/8″ (the diameter of the center hole). Just get the biggest ones you can find. Look ma! No pins! I freaking hate pinning patterns to fabric, this makes everything lay smooth. Also useful for making sure your fabric doesn’t slip off your cutting table.

• I take a picture of the edge of the bolt when I buy fabric. That way I know what the fiber content is, and washing instructions. I also know when I bought it.

[edit 7/3/2010: Ah ha! I’m not the first person to come up with using washers as pattern weights, and I was trying to find my source. After two days of searching, I’ve believe I got the idea for the pattern weights from Casey’s Elegant Musing. I feel much better now.]

By levanah