My cutest sewing project
My friend Kristiina recommended me a few finnish fabric designers besides the ones I already know (f.e. Marimekko, Vallila, Finlayson). They are making mostly clothing fabrics so, since autumn and soon winter are here, I decided to buy a few metters of Hilda organic sweatshirt knit from Paapii Design.
Now, one of my favorite pattern maker is Melissa Hendrickson from Brindille&Twig. She has the cutest and easiest to make children garment patterns.
It was quite funny to execute this lovely hoodie and my son enjoys wearing it. Here are a few images with the steps of making this. I will not show you all of them, Melissa is taking care of this really well in the pdf file you receive while buying the pattern.
First things first, since the instructions for this fabric were to wash it before working with it (to fix a part of the 5%-10% shrinking), I did so. Then I ironed the fabric to make it easy to work with.
But I will write the steps of making a garment (at least the way I do it).
Step one: search and buy or download a pattern for free. Some patterns come with layers so choose the right size and print it. You should have a number of A4 pages that you will have to put and stick together. Cut your pattern. Prepare your tools (pins, scizzors, sewing maching, serger, ruler etc).
Step two: if you didn’t do it already, wash and iron your fabric. Some parts of the pattern require to fold the fabric, so do so. Respect the grainline. Put the pattern parts on the fabric and draw around the edge until you have that part “printed'“ on the fabric*. For this I use some air or water soluble pens. Sometimes I use chalk, it really depends on the fabric and its colors.
*Some patterns already have the seam allowance included others don’t, so trace your line at 0.5 cm distance from the pattern piece.
Step three: cut the pieces. Start pining together as per instructions.
Step four: sew your pieces together. For garments made out of knit fabric you might require a serger or a zig-zag stitch. Check (in the pictures) a little trick I use at the end of any stitch I make with a serger. Sometimes is a live saver :P Sometimes is unnecessary.
Step five: run and catch the kid, dress him up and admire your work!
Thank you Paapii Design and Brindille&Twig for making my life easier ;)