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Topic: Ideas for First Sewing Projects! (and advice, too!)  (Read 33701 times)
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« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2006 09:18:35 PM »

anything with a pattern, start small, like wallets or purses, or if you have relative or friend that sews well you can have them help you with a bigger project Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2006 10:48:24 PM »

I started my kids on pillows.  My grandmother started me on simple skirts with elastic waistbands - Sew a tube, then a casing, run the elastic through and hem.  My mother was horrified when I insisted on wearing the first one I made completely by myself to the school Christmas program - lavender satin with hot pink thread, but I felt beautiful.
Reconstructions are good because you can learn a lot from taking things apart and if you screw up, it was on something you didn't want anyway instead of spending a ton on patterns and fabric that you never use.
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« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2006 03:32:34 AM »

Do you have someone to help you or reference to?  If so, just take the plunge and just make some simple piece of clothing.  McCall's 4875 is a circle skirt.  It's an easy circle skirt and look amazing.  Simplicity 5564 are a bunch of skirts.  I've made the one with scalloped edges.  Simplicity 5923 are pj pants that are a bit more challenging, but look awesome also.  I've made all three pattens listed here, so you can just message me if you decide to do one and need help.

If you don't have someone to talk to, just some on here and ask someone!

You could also do a tutorial on here - they are awesome!
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« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2006 07:06:30 AM »

there is a beginner version of anything you want to make, so:

what do you WANT to make???

that is a good place to start.  tell us what sounds exciting, and we'll point you in the right direction.
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« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2006 10:05:59 AM »

Here is are some websites that have sewing projects that can work for beginners, but the projects are medival/fantasy related.

http://amtgard.com:8080/howto.html
http://home.clara.net/arianrhod/Aldebaran/DoItYourself/index.html

PS: They are the DIY sections of LARP groups. One of the is based in the UK somewere.

Or you can try back issues of Renaissance magazine (http://www.renaissancemagazine.com).

Another suggestion is to go with patterns such as Kwik Sew, Simplicity or "Patterns For Dummies". About the "For Dummies", I'm not kidding, they do exist.

http://mizubara.blogspot.com
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« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2006 08:27:18 PM »

I've got my mom to help me out...she's hoping to learn her stoopid daughter in the ways of sewing before I go off to college...which is in about....five months?   Roll Eyes

I think she was wanting to start with the simple skirt idea, but i like the idea of the reconstructions too.  We live in a teenie little town full of thrift stores and junk from all the local old people...lot's to look through.

I really appreciate all the advice!  Do you think it'd be beneficial to get some kind of reference book to help?  I read somewhere that the Reader's Digest Beginner Sewing Thing was pretty good...
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« Reply #36 on: March 10, 2006 03:08:30 AM »

Do you think it'd be beneficial to get some kind of reference book to help?  I read somewhere that the Reader's Digest Beginner Sewing Thing was pretty good...
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of course you need a reference book!  i like the better homes and garden sewing book, 1961 edition, because it was written at a time when people didn't have things like rotary cutters, sergers, etc, so it explains how to do any sewing operation possible with just a simple sewing machine and ordinary sewing tools.

the reader's digest books are also good, as are any of the older books published by the machine companies.  look on ebay, you'll find lots of good stuff there for a great price.
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« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2006 04:18:08 AM »

The readers Digest one I have is from the 70's. Awesome!

Also the Singer company out out a book like it. It's great too!
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« Reply #38 on: March 10, 2006 09:04:28 AM »

My favorite starter project is elastic waist cotton print pajama pants.  Even if they don't come out perfectly you can still use them.    Cheesy  Simple skirts are good, maybe drawstring if you don't want that grandma elastic waisted look.  As  rostitchery said, what do you want to make?  It's important to want to have whatever it is, so you're motivated to finish!  Smiley

I'd steer clear of a wallet, I guess, because they are small and sometimes small things can be sort of difficult because you just don't have space to manuever.  A tote bag or purse would be really good tho'.

If you want a modern book (the vintage ones are great; I had a 1970s one from Simplicity), I like Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing.  It has a lot of good suggestions that pattern guides somehow don't always include.  Huh 

Speaking of patterns, McCalls carries Palmer/Pletsch patterns, which have extremely thorough, instructions.

There are also other posts on Craftster where folks suggest really great beginning projects, books, and other tools to get going.  A very talented and helpful bunch of people!
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« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2006 04:20:56 PM »

you should check out the tutorials at www.WhatTheCraft.co m
there are lots of pretty easy reconstructing and sewing projects with tons of pictures and examples.
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