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LAFS: Margot Pyjamas

Here’s my learning lesson this weekend – look at next week’s project when I’m done with this week’s project.  That way I can gather my materials before the day I actually want to work on the project.  Again, I needed 2.5 yards of fabric for the pyjamas and again I didn’t want to dive into my stash to find 2.5 yards of something.  This time, I actually trekked it to my LQS.  I considered going to the big box store since I didn’t want to spend the money on quality quilty cotton but I decided to spend the money.  I love my LQS and while I don’t have a lot of money, I was feeling generous and have a bit more burning a hole in my pocket.  I look at it as donating the funds to keep my LQS open.  Obviously, I can’t do this all the time.  But when I can I will.

I wash my fabric before I use it.  I’m not going to into whether I should or not.  I know a lot of people don’t and it probably doesn’t matter one way or another. But I choose to wash my fabric so before I can use it I have to put it through the wash.  So I spent my sew day this weekend looking for fabric at my LQS, washing and prepping it.  On Sunday, I was able to get some things prepped but I didn’t actually get to any sewing –

Of course, I forgot to take pictures until the very end when I packed everything up for my next sew day.  Which I hope will be this upcoming weekend!

I fell in love with this owl as soon as I saw him peeking at me at my LQS.  The pattern called for 2.5 yards but I wanted to make sure I was able to fussy cut the owls and foxes perfectly so I purchased a bit over 3 yards.  Here’s where I diverged from the instructions detailed in LAFS (Love at First Stitch).    The pattern wanted me to cut on the grain which would have been had the length of the pajama leg parallel to the selvage.  If I followed this, my owls would be sideways on my legs.  Not the image I wanted.  So I cut it from selvage to selvage.  Since I’m short – just about 5′ – this was fine.

I had big post it poster paper that I used to trace over the pattern.  This time around I cut with scissors on the line and the fabric.  There were three options listed in the book.  The second option was to use the pattern to trace on the fabric and the third option was to use tailor’s chalk or something on the fabric and then cut with that.  I think I’ll choose the third option next time.

Here are the front of the legs.  I have the back cut too.

I’ve got a bunch of bits to add to my stash and use in quilts and other projects.

Very important – I labeled the front legs and the back legs before I put them away.  If I didn’t do that I would totally forget which was which and I would spend time trying to figure it out.

~ Happy sewing!

~Melanie

LAFS: Brigitte Scarf

I started reading Love At First Stitch (LAFS) the night it arrived.  My goal is to work through the book and I hope by the end I’ll feel more comfortable with garment sewing.  I have no plans to do more at the moment but I hope to be able to make myself dresses, skirts and tops that fit appropriately.  I have a short torso and I often have to take dresses in for alterations.

The first project is the Brigitte Scarf.  Immediately I hit a snag.  The fabric requirement was 60 inches in length.  That’s a bit under 2 yards.  I’ve got a pretty large fabric stash (as compared to myself really).  I consider it large only because I have no more room to have more.  All my bins are stuffed full and I need to use it before I can buy more. 😦  AND I can’t buy more bins because I would have no place to put it.  😦  I say this because I should be able to find something in my stash but I don’t have a lot of fabric that’s over a yard.  When I go to my LQS I generally buy one yard of something if I don’t already have a project in mind.  So, that’s my first dilemma.  I know I have fabric that’s 2+ yards but that could be anywhere in the bins.  I wanted to use fabric I loved but I didn’t want to hunt through my bins wasting valuable sewing time.  I went through a stack of fabric that I had recently washed and placed aside (remember no room in the bins) and found an older piece of fabric that seemed thicker than a yard when folded up.  I unfolded it, and it was enough!  I didn’t love the fabric.  It wasn’t one I bought.  If you remember, I was gifted quite a few yards of fabric from a lady in my mini group whose mother passed away recently.  It was one of those.  I decided to use it.  I may never use this scarf but the goal of this project is to start and learn the techniques so I can move on to the next project.  I do not want to get stuck in my sewing room with piles of bins around me looking for the right piece of fabric.

Fabric chosen for Brigitte Scarf
5/13/17

Dillema #2 – the instructions have me cut a paper pattern that is 25 1/2 inches in length.  I do not have paper that is that long.  I ended up using freezer paper that I had on hand.  Sidenote – I’ve used the same roll of freezer paper for the last 10 years! Those things go a long way!  And it worked fine!

Mistake #1 – I was supposed to cut 25 1/2 inches.  I actually cut 25 inches.  I’m pretty sure in garment making that 1/2 inch would matter but in scarf making, I didn’t think so.  However, I’m reminded that that’s why we check twice, thrice and sometimes 4 times because once cut, you can’t do anything about it but find another piece of fabric and cut again.  Since I’m making a scarf, I’m going to leave it. 🙂

Note – step #3 has us put right sides together long wise but the instructions are a little confusing.  I think it’s because I’m a quilter and had I not been a quilter but a real beginner the long instruction given would have made more sense.  In addition I think I could have skipped the step of cutting the paper pattern.  I have the tools (ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat) to figure out how to cut the fabric without the paper pattern.  However I never know when I can skip a step or not so I will continue to do all the steps as I learn.  I love how the writing is geared towards the beginner sewist because a lot of times these kinds of books assume the reader knows things that they may not necessarily know and cause confusion and heartache.

LAFS: Brigitte Scarf

I would call this a headband than a scarf but the book is written by a UK sewist so they must call it a scarf there.  I love it and even though I don’t love the fabric so much as a scarf – I prefer brighter colors for a scarf- I think I would still wear this.

~ Happy sewing!

~Melanie