17 February, 2013

Why pay for it when you can get it free?

I was  browsing the Internet for my next project. I already found a pattern for a fully reversible dress for my princesses yesterday. Once again, this is a free pattern from 'The Sewing World' magazine.  I can imagine my two girls wearing their dresses. LOVE free pattern.

An idea of making a reversible hat to match their dresses came to me this morning. As soon as breakfast finished, I am on a mission to find out how to make a reversible hat. At first, I took one of my children's hat, measuring the width of brim, diameter of crown and the length of side penal. Laying it flat on a table, turning it inside out, figuring out how it is sewn together. Then I thought, someone may have posted a  pattern online.  Several websites I clicked on SELL hat pattern for as much as $8. With a few more minutes of clicking and googling, I found at least three websites with free patterns and instructions on reversible bucket hats. I now have  hat patterns from infant to adult sizes. LOVE free pattern.

Working with Pattern

This flared skirt was made from a free pattern from a magazine. I love the design, but I wish my legs were longer. It will look better if it is knee length. This is my reflection of making this skirt where I made a few mistakes and learnt some new skills.  I will just share a few things with you.

1. Measurement: Always check the size as well as measurement. It must admit my post-pregnancy figure is not what I am very proud of. My waistline is a bit bigger than I would like. Exercise is not my best friend. When it comes to making something that fit, I learnt that I should use the actual measurement of my current waist. Not a figure that I wish I could be or a size I wish I would be. To start off, I traced  my ideal size. In reality, this ideal size is too small for me. I would need to loss 5cm on my waist in 5 days to fit into this skirt. I have to accept my body and make something that fit it. The number, however big it is, doesn't matter. Maybe, I will get back to my pregnancies body on day.

2. Tracing the pattern: I traced my pattern onto light weight sew-on interfacing instead of tissue paper. Interfacing is cheap,  easy to trace and cut, and the best thing is, the pattern is reusable.

3. Pattern to fabric: The skirt is made up of 8 panels. I  learnt I should mark all the notches from the pattern onto the fabric. This will make putting the skirt together quicker and easier. It would have saved me from guessing. Due to my laziness in marking the notches, I have to match all my pieces up with the pattern and mark the notches.

4. Zipper: I had a great fear of putting in zipper. I tried to avoid it by using buttons, elastics and velcro. With some research on the internet, reading through various blogs and watching a few YouTube video. I decided to use this project to overcome my fear. It works out okay. Learning to put in an invisible zipper is now on my to-learn list.

I wear this skirt for the first time this Sunday. It really doesn't matter what others think of it because I like it very much. I plan to re-visit this pattern and  make another knee length skirt.