No studio is complete without a furry companion like my girl Sophie. She keeps things light, reminds me to take breaks, and keeps me human!
September is almost over and Sophie is still swimming several mornings a week. She wouldn't mind the cold water of winter, but I prefer to avoid a wet dog once it gets chilli outside. 😉
When I first started sewing items to wear, I would search out the bargains and discounted fabrics to save as much money as possible. Often times it turned out the so-called bargains were actually just cheap fabric to begin with. This would result in poor-fitting or downright ugly finished pieces. Hours of my time were lost with nothing beautiful to show for the effort.
To create garments or craft projects that you can be truly proud of, you must invest in quality materials. In the end, isn't your time with it? Good fabric can even make a novice seamstress look better than their skill level.
A $2 per yard piece of cotton flannel may seem attractive when you buy it, but after pre-shrinking and sewing up your shirt or pajamas you might not be pleased with the end result.
Typically cheap cottons are imported from third-world countries and produced by people not being paid a living wage. Additionally, the fibers used are sub-par so they will shrink, pill, and often feel scratchy against the skin. So you have to ask yourself, is it really worth the $10 or $20 you save? It all depends on what you want your finished item to look and feel like.
I'm not saying you won't occasionally find high quality fabric on sale. When you do, go for it! But be aware of where your textiles come from and be sure it will reward the effort you put into your DIY project.
They're on the way! Amazing 100% cotton flannel plaids just in time to create your own unique interpretation of the look. #DIY a simple scarf or complete outfit.
This inspiration garment is a mix of plaid flannel and a sweater that's been cropped and repurposed as an easy way to make a finished look. So don't throw out those knit garments you thought you were tired of! They can have a new and fashionable life with a little bit of creativity. Have fun and send me your photos of your own creations!
Master Tailor's Tip: use a double basting thread to mark pocket placement instead of chalk or pins. Poke the needle through both layers at the same time while laying flat. Then gently pull apart and snip, leaving 1/2" thread lengths attached. This will provide perfectly level pocket placement marks for when you are ready to attach your pockets.