Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sew Ready: A Review

In our quest for sewing education, I had dd the youngest watch the craftsy.com class, Sew Ready:  Machine Basics.  I figured that while she isn't a novice, she isn't overly experienced either, so she would get something out of it.  Besides, the class is free, and there are only 5 mini-episodes (it's really pushing it to call it 5 since the first one is a hi how are you and here's how to use Craftsy).

DD said that while she didn't learn a lot, she did learn about cleaning her sewing machine. (Oops, must've missed that one in our sewing education here!)  Additionally, she loved episode 3 on feet.  Because the instructor had both vintage and modern feet, dd became interested in the vintage ones.  I am fortunate enough to have my grandmother's sewing machine, so we opened the drawers and explored its feet.  We agreed that there were quite a lot of them, they're very interesting, and fun to look over, but we weren't ready to transfer over to using the ol' Singer!  One day maybe?

I thought it was interesting to hear what an elementary aged blooming sewist had to say about a class geared towards novices.  I guess we've done an okay job with instruction, minus the cleaning your machine part!  The class was free, the sessions were short, and it was a fun thing to watch while we ate lunch this summer!  I think we'll need to do some feet exploration soon!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Swimsuits from 2012

I thought I'd go ahead and post the last projects that I made last year so I have a reference to them.  Can't remember any construction details or adjustments, although I do remember that dd the eldest was very picky...imagine that.

The fit on the bottoms is much better than it appears!  

The little person swimsuit is Kwik Sew 2883 (oop), and the big person suit is McCall 3566 (oop).  I got the Kwik Sew pattern, and the totally wild, but much loved fabric at an ASG meeting.