I am so excited to share another new Made for Mermaids pattern with you all, Mama Catherine! This one really pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best possible way with its gathered, drapey silhouette and square yoke bodice, both things I have never sought out in the past, but that I quickly fell in love with.
In the last Sew 101 post we talked about all of the basic things you need to start sewing, the real necessities, because sometimes what the store or a magazine tells you you need really are not the things you really need. I wanted to take a more in depth look, however, into one of the of the biggest “basic” purchases you have to make when you want to start sewing, the machine itself. Picking a sewing machine, especially when you have never or rarely used one before, is daunting, overwhelming, and endlessly frustrating for a lot of people (me included!). But it doesn’t have to be if you know what you should be looking for.
October has been quite the month for new patterns! First we had Chelsea, then Kourtney, and now Darcey! and Darcey is here just in time for sweater weather! It has been fall here in Minnesota for a while now but honestly sweater weather lasts a good nine months out of the year for me, and I can never get enough sweaters. Ever. Especially neutral ones that will go with everything. They’re my weakness… well neutral cardigans and cheese ravioli but we all have our faults right?
Another week, another new pattern release!
This week we have the brand new Made for Mermaids Kourtney Pattern and I probably say it every time a new M4M pattern releases but this one is my new favorite! My last absolute favorite was the M4M Nina, in case you missed it, which is still a major love and I have made six Nina’s in total I believe. but time has gone on, new patterns have been released and now there is a new girl in town that stole my heart and the top spot as my go-to quick sew pattern and that new girl is Kourtney!
I have been testing away on a new pair of pants lately that I have fallen in love with! The GreenStyle Chelsea Pants have just released and I am so excited to share my favorite pair with you! These pants are designed for a stable knit (something with little stretch) fabric making them perfect for all of the refined ponte and jegging fabric I have been hoarding in my stash the last couple of months as I not so patiently waited to fall to get here. I have been especially loving this new pattern because of the extra flared leg and front style lines which make this short girl look ten feet tall, something I will never get enough of!
Sewing is a great hobby but it definitely requires a lot of stuff. from fabric to notions no machines, the cost of getting started in sewing can add up QUICKLY if you are not careful and dont have a solid list of the things you really need when you walk into your first fabric store.
So in an effort to make your trip to the store a lot easier, here is a quick list of all of the basics you honestly should pick up before you start your first project, whether your going to be quilting, sewing bags, sewing clothing, or anything else!
Ready for another new pattern release!?
This is the pattern I didn’t even know I needed until I had it but boy, oh boy was I in need of it! What pattern am I talking about, you ask? Well the new Patterns for Pirates Brunch Blouse of course!
In case you missed it, I had a pretty adventurous time sewing a dress made out of a beautiful woven fabric a few months ago that made me a bit nervous to take on this project, but the style was so cute and I already had the fabric (a silky print from JoAnn’s) in my stash so I took the leap and made another dress, this time with much better results!
Now don’t get me wrong, I still love me some good knits but sometimes I have a hard time getting a good “dressy” or “professional” look from my beloved and oh so comfy Double Brushed Polyester or Cotton Spandex blends. Wovens, however, lend themselves much better to a dressy and professional look but of course can be totally casual too (it’s all about that styling!).
Made For Mermaids newest pattern just released, the Cora Culottes! These super adorable shorts come with a variety of inseams from 4 inches (which are the ones I made up during testing) up to seventeen inches and give you the look of a full skirt with the comfort (and anti-chafing amazingness) of a pair of shorts. They are also super comfy, breezy, and endlessly versatile!
One of the things you learn very quickly when sewing clothing is how many different types of “apparel fabrics” there are and how many different fabrics fit into the categories of wovens, knits, linens, etc. The next thing you learn is how incredibly important it is to stick with the “right” fabric for any given project or you can easily end up with a bunch of wasted time, energy, fabric, and money, crying on your closet floor wishing you would have just followed the instructions. in the first place.. (Please tell me that’s happened to someone else too so I feel a little less embarrassed right now.. No? Ok then… )
Knowing all of this though, I broke all the rules last week when I made a knit cardigan pattern, the Patterns for Pirates Grandpa Cardi, out of a woven apparel fabric with absolutely ZERO stretch. It was a lot of work and quite the process but the end results made it so worth it!
Anyone else notice that I have been sewing A LOT of clothing lately?! Because boy have I and
I am starting to get a little low on hangers in my already jam packed closet and my quilting cottons were looking a little too neglected for my taste.
A change of pace and a creative refresh was more than in order if you ask me and that is just what I got when I whipped up the Noodlehead Range backpack a few days back. This is a new pattern release from a designer that I have had really good luck with before so when I saw that this one pattern was released I jumped on it quicker than a golden retriever can roll over in a mud puddle (which is pretty darn quick if you have been lucky enough to never experience that great joy).