Do you know how to read a pattern?
I am using a doll's pattern for an 18" doll as I would like you to know that children can sew too!
In this post we are going to take a look at what is inside the pattern envelope,and because not everybody will have access to a sewing machine I am going to show you how to do some hand sewing.
Preparation can be frustrating because we just want to get going and sew! I understand that, I feel the same way sometimes but if you want good results it is important to get the basics right.
Open up your tissue paper and taking some OLD scissors carefully start cutting out the pattern pieces. If there is a little triangle on the pattern piece cut around it, you will need it to match pieces up correctly later.
You must keep your scissors used for cutting fabric just for fabric, nothing else. So keep them in your sewing box and never let anybody else use them! Using them on paper for example will blunt them.
Take your tailors chalk out of your sewing box and with a ruler or tape measure (there is one in your sewing box) measure 1/4"along the edge you need to sew and draw a line across. Do measure carefully or the garment will not fit!
What is running stitch used for? It is usually a temporary stitch called a Tacking or Basting stitch used when you want to try the garment on before sewing the permanent stitches in place, or it can be used for gathering.
If you intend to hand sew Annie clothes then you will need to use a back stitch. Start off the same way as before but when you have placed the first stitch take your needle back into the hole created buy the previous stitch and bring your needle out a little bit further on. Continue sewing backwards and forwards neatly. This is an acceptable alternative to machine sewing
These poppers are new in sice this post was written and I love them.They can replace the metal poppers in all the posts in this blog Prymm colour snaps The come in individual colour packs too They are so very easy to use and come in amazing colours and different shapes
For machines and prices take a look at Jaycotts fabulous web site and contact them directly CONTACT FORM for help in choosing the right machine to suit your needs
Happy sewing Angela x
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