Taking the Leap: Understanding Sewing Patterns – Part 3, Sewing It Up

Understanding Sewing Patterns -a series by SewFearless.com

We've already deciphered the pattern envelope and prepared our pattern pieces.  Today, let's finally get to the actual sewing part. After all the drama of the first two parts of this series, this final installment is a bit anti-climatic, because we, umm... follow the directions. Not that "just follow the directions" is always easy for a beginner. … [Read more...]

Taking the Leap: Understanding Sewing Patterns – Part 2, Cutting out the fabric pieces

shorts cutting line

Yesterday, I shared with you about the information on a pattern envelope. Today, let's take a look inside. Your first reaction when opening the envelope might be "OH MY GOODNESS! WHY ARE THERE SO MANY TISSUES!?!?! I thought you said this would be easy? There are so many. I don't even know how to fold them up again to put them back in the … [Read more...]

Taking the Leap: Understanding Sewing Patterns – Part 1, Reading A Pattern Envelope

envelope back interpreted

As I mentioned before,  I am doing a pajama sew-along with some twitter sewing buddies. We all come from a variety of sewing experiences and hobbies (quilting, crafting, garment sewing), and we will be working through it slowly to help the newer seamstresses out. I know some of my readers are intimidated by this type of sewing pattern, so I'll be taking … [Read more...]

Taking the Leap… into Handmade Piping

continuous loop

This is a continuation of a series called "Taking the Leap", which I started last year and then promptly forgot about. The goal of this series was to highlight questions on how to get started with various types sewing projects.  I am in no way an expert, but I will answer them to the best of my knowledge and try to point out the many, MANY resources … [Read more...]

Taking the Leap… into Sewing Maternity Patterns

Taking The Leap Into Maternity Sewing

This is the first of a new feature to my site called “Taking the Leap” highlighting questions on how to get started with various sewing projects.  I am in no way an expert, but I will answer them to the best of my knowledge and try to point out the many, MANY resources available online for the beginning sewist. If you have ever thought “I wonder how you … [Read more...]