Let’s be honest. I enjoy sewing cute clothes for my daughters, but if my oldest had her way she would live in pajamas all. the. time. Specifically “footie” pajamas. I have to wonder if I’m rubbing off on her? Bedrest (or now “limited” activity) hasn’t exactly encouraged me to get dressed in my finest. Sweats, leggings, or pajama pants have been my go to for the last few months and I’m not ashamed to admit it. And, well, if kiddo #1 wants to live in pajamas, then you know kiddo #2 does as well.
I love Pinterest. It’s opened up a whole new world to me! I’ve learned tips and tricks for everything from sewing to cleaning to cooking. Ooh, like cooking bacon in the oven…. Now I’m craving bacon. I digress.
Back to sewing: one of the things I had no clue about was PDF patterns. As for someone who was (okay, let’s be real, still is) intimidated by paper patterns, PDF patterns are heaven sent. PDF patterns often state which level sewer they are appropriate for, but if you really fall in love with a pattern consider trying it with a cheap fabric first to practice.
My next project is the Izzy Top, a free (yes, free!) PDF pattern and online tutorial from Climbing the Willow. I really love this shirt. It was really quick for me to do, and I’m still pretty slow. I got both of the tops done during a few nap times. This pattern does have gathering, which I still consider a necessary evil but it’s not really that hard to do.
I tried something new too. I traced my patterns onto freezer paper! I’d heard about this trick and was intrigued. I found the freezer paper at my local big box store and decided to give it a go. I printed out the PDF pattern which had multiple sizes embedded in one. Taped the sheets together as instructed, and then traced the sizes I needed onto the freezer paper. Cut freezer paper, iron onto fabric, cut and VOILA! Peel and sew. I have heard you can actually use the freezer pattern a few times before it will no longer iron on, but I have yet to try it. So many great reasons why I liked using the freezer paper: it eliminates printing out multiple pages from my printer, no need for pins/weights to prevent the pattern from shifting while cutting, and if I can use it again that’s an added bonus.
I do have a confession, though. I apparently missed the fact that I was not indeed sewing right sides together (RST) on E’s button tab and didn’t catch it until after I’d sewn it into the bodice. It was late, I was tired, aaaaaand there you go. So not worth undoing so I convinced myself it didn’t look too bad. It’s just for my kiddos and not for a fancy occasion so I made peace with it. Although, with my type A personality I’m sure it will secretly drive me crazy every time I look at it. Such is life… such. is. life.
The other thing I did for the FIRST time was sew in size tags! My better half appreciates that one and I’m sure I will too when I put them away and pull them back out as future hand-me-downs. I couldn’t find a tutorial so maybe I’ll do that someday. Luckily, I got it right on the first try.
Oh, and the fabric is from Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie fabric line and I got mine here at Hawthorne Threads.
Have a blessed day!