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Haven't made anything before hut really want to try sewing, what would you recommend?

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LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Fri 17-Jun-11 18:58:59

So really want to try sewing, not really bothered what I try first but can hand or machine (although I have never used a machine I have access to one).

Obviously needs to be quite easy, have got a few bits of material already.

craftynclothy Fri 17-Jun-11 19:02:58

I think it's nice to make something you want/need so you actually use it iykwim.

Brooch? Drawstring bag (for laundry, perhaps)? Small purse for change? Tote bag? There's loads of free tutorials online for things like this.

I have two girls (1 & 4) and there's lots of easy dress patterns.

Slightlyreluctantexpat Fri 17-Jun-11 19:04:25

I'd suggest something small and useful. Maybe a cushion or a laundry bag.

Slightlyreluctantexpat Fri 17-Jun-11 19:04:46

x post!

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Fri 17-Jun-11 19:14:06

Thanks both, ultimatly I would like to make dresses for dd.

Anything in particular you'd recommend?

bigbadbarry Fri 17-Jun-11 19:17:43

I got a sewing machine for Christmas and am trying to teach myself. I've had a couple of cloth kits - not cheap but have allowed me to skip (for now) the scary pattern/cutting step and just get stuck into sewing.

Tangle Fri 17-Jun-11 23:37:57

If you're not familiar with a machine then making something with lots of long straight seems might be a good place to start. Curtains, tea towels and pillow cases are classic beginner projects. You can find some good simple aprons as well, which might be a bit more useful.

When it comes to choosing clothing patterns my mum, who used to sew a lot, always reckoned the fewer pattern pieces there are the easier the garment is likely to be to make - so maybe start with a tunic style dress and work up to fancier things.

(that said, I've done very little sewing since I left school but managed to make dd one of these coats without too much hassle. I am coming round to the view that time is so precious I need to try and make patterns I like from fabric I'll wear, or that dd likes. Finding a source of good cheap fabric helps!)

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Sat 18-Jun-11 05:47:15

Cheers tangle, that coat does look good and that's kinda my thought too. (how scary is that child model though????)

thanks bigbadbarry I'll have a look. I'm sorry though you name makes me think if you being a mix of the baddie from silence of the lambs and a cross dressing hairy trucker grin

bigbadbarry Sat 18-Jun-11 07:24:11

Can you see me?! Description spot on grin

QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Sat 18-Jun-11 18:00:40

I started sewing last week, so far I have made chest strap pads for my pushchair which were really easy and tonight I am hoping to finish a pushchair liner and start on this dress I am also considering making some of these for a friends little ones who are teething

Have fun!

QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Sat 18-Jun-11 18:02:08

Sorry this is the dress pattern I am using, slightly different to the one posted above

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 09:08:18

Queen that looks doable.

QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Wed 22-Jun-11 12:03:26

Ended up doing this one: photo on profile and its very doable.

bigbadbarry Wed 22-Jun-11 13:02:01

That's lovely Queen!

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 16:38:13

That is nice!

queenmaeve Wed 22-Jun-11 16:40:31

here are any projects I have one. my seing skills are basic!

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