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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 11, 2011 12:59:22 PM
Here is my third apron!  I made this one for my mother-in-law.  She doesn't cook but is very young and trendy, so I tried to make something I thought she would still enjoy.


I'm not sure why the fabric looks so stiff here!  The shape is actually very similar to the brown and green apron at the beginning of my post.


This was a challenge for me because I had to make sure it was absolutely perfect[\i].  I tucked in everything very nice and tiny and made perfectly straight stitches.  Yay!  If there were any problems I wouldn't be able to make myself give it someone, but I'm very proud of what I came up with.



I also went through and re-did the uneven stitching on the green and white apron Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 07, 2011 11:50:18 AM
omg--you are so awesome to take the challenge and run with it!  I bet everything you make is going to be fabulous because you are so open to improving your growing sewing skills!

Did you take a pic before giving it away?  Your color and pattern choices are so refreshing and wonderful to see!

Thank you!  I think I'm just bored because my spring semester hasn't started yet Wink  haha but really, I am a perfectionist and can't leave projects alone until they look the way I want.

I haven't taken photos yet but also haven't wrapped it so that I can takes pictures later.  I'll update this thread when I do!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scissor Blouse on: January 07, 2011 11:45:06 AM
Oh my goodness, it is adorable!  I love the fabric and I don't think the design could be cuter!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 07, 2011 11:42:45 AM
Thank you for all the compliments and advice!  I actually whipped up another apron yesterday.  I decided to make one for my mother-in-law to give her as a late Christmas gift.  It was definitely  more challenging because I had to make sure it was PERFECT (I can't give away anything with major flaws!), and I'm so happy with the way it came out!  It looks very finished, the seams are perfect, and I lined up the band's fabric design as suggested. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Success! Berries and a 3/4 Circle Skirt on: January 06, 2011 10:13:24 AM
Beautiful!  The fabric works with the shape incredibly well!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 04, 2011 08:45:57 PM
You did such a good job on them!

The one thing I noticed is that the thread line around the bottom hem of the green one, where the ruffles are attached, is rather... wavy. It comes with practice, but slow down a little bit and guide your fabric through the machine so that the edge always stays the same distance from the foot of the machine (the little thing that lifts and lowers to keep the fabric in place and help feed it through, in case you didn't know Smiley ). It will help keep everything neat and tidy.

haha yes, there is definitely a swerve at the one side of that fabric!  I was going to say something about it but didn't want to draw attention.  I've found keeping straight lines to be my main problem but have been practicing by drawing straight lines on a piece of paper and following them (without the thread--just making holes).  For that reason I don't feel I can give these aprons as a gift or anything quite yet! I've approved a lot so far--I was definitely much more unsteady at first.  I go pretty slow but have found once I get out of line it takes a while to get it back straight (and it can't be fixed without doing it all over!  I will probably rip that hem out and redo it all eventually.   
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 04, 2011 02:50:23 PM
You did a great job! I can't believe that you just started sewing. My advice to you is take your time (this is the hardest thing to learn at least it was for me ) also if you are going to get into garment making make a ham and a seam roll for pressing your garment while sewing. A iron that has a steam setting works great. Pressing while you sew make the garment or item you are sewing look so much more finish. Take the time to iron. Use good quality thread for projects you sew especially gathers (I learnt this one the hard way). Don't be discouraged if something doesn't turn out the way that you wanted just learn from it and just do it a different way the next time. Also stock posts for new ideas and techniques you will learn a lot!

Thanks so much for all the advice!  I haven't bought any sewing books or anything so am basically just playing around for now.  Definitely keeping note of everything you said!  I am very diligent with an iron before sewing anything, and I'll look into getting/making a ham and seam.

Now you have me second-guessing my thread!  I just bought the only kind they had at Hobby Lobby the day I got the machine
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 04, 2011 01:18:22 PM
Thank you for the compliments!

Those are really cute, especially the first one.  I love that brown fabric.  The photos are also very well done.  What kind camera did you use?  Is your husband a professional photographer?
ha, no my husband is definitely not a photographer!  Besides the (blurry) photo of me with the stand mixer, I took these all myself.  I use a Canon Digital Rebel XTi with a 50mm f/1.4 lens--and lots of help from a tripod and a remote control.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons. EDITED: Added third apron! on: January 04, 2011 01:03:53 PM
Hi all!  My wonderful husband surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas (with an adorable sewing table--that man knows my taste!)  So, I've been on a bit of a sewing frenzy.  A week ago I'd never made a stitch, but I'm happy with what I've done so far.  

I'd eventually love to make my own clothes (I have major fitting issues with store-bought clothes--it's very frustrating).  Until I reach that point, I immediately thought of aprons!  I absolutely love aprons and have too many already, but they are a great way to practice.  

I drafted both of these myself.  I find half-aprons much more comfortable than full ones, so that's what I made!




Excuse the derriere


Besides a few pillows and a simple totebag, this is the first thing I sewed.  I didn't plan well and decided to cover up my messy seam with rickrack (which works for me because I love rickrack anyway).


Enjoying it very much!  It's so rewarding to have something come out looking EXACTLY like you wanted--that's one reason I love crafts.


This is the fabric that I used as the band on the above apron.  I have to say I prefer it that way--I don't like it as much as the dominant fabric.  This one definitely has a different shape than the first, which is something I wanted to experiment with.  I also think I over-starched the fabric





Now I'm trying to keep myself away from the fabric store because I really do not need any more aprons!

I'm a novice, so if you have any advice or recommendations (regarding anything!), I'd love to hear it Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting Needle Roll--one of my very first sewing projects on: January 04, 2011 12:52:02 PM
Hi all!  My wonderful husband surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas (with an adorable sewing table--that man knows my taste!)

So, I've been on a bit of a sewing frenzy.  A week ago I'd never made a stitch, but I'm happy with what I've done so far.  Yesterday I whipped up this knitting needle roll.  I've been needing one for a while and am so happy I was able to make one myself!  




The needles of course tuck in to the top part to prevent them from falling out!

The fabric before sewing:

Isn't it adorable?  I am not completely in love with the way it ended up in the roll, and I look forward to using the scraps for something else.  All from Joann's.


Detailed shot.  I find keeping my stitches straight to be the most difficult part of sewing, but I practiced quite a bit by following lines I drew on a piece of paper (without thread--just making holes) and have improved quite a bit.



This is the tutorial I used: http://madebyloulabelle.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-make-knitting-needle-roll.html
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