Hey guys! My name is Madi Beddingfield and I am in the 10th grade. My blog, Sew Cool, is a blog about my sewing projects and little tidbits about sewing. I am a member of FCCLA, a club that is for students who take FACS classes including foods, apparel, interior design, parenting, and early childhood education.
Each year FCCLA students can compete in STAR Events. STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition. I will be competing in the state competition April 5-7 in the fashion design category. In this category, I have to design four outfits for my collection and make one of the designs. My outfit consist of a tank top, knit skirt and a denim wrap.
Before you can start any apparel project you must measure yourself with a measuring tape to ensure it will fit when you are done. When measuring it is better to get someone else to measure your body to insure the right fit. When measuring for bottoms, including pants, shorts and skirts, it is important to measure the widest part of your hips. For tops it is important to measure the largest part of your bust.
After measuring, you can pick out your paper pattern size. Paper patterns come in many different sizes ranging from newborns to plus sizes. Paper patterns are templates that are pinned to fabric to use as a guideline to cut. It is import to pin the fabric and paper pattern together well without any wrinkles.
When cutting, it is crucial to use well-sharpened fabric scissors to make sure the fabric is cut as neatly as possible. Fabric scissors are scissors only used for cutting fabric. If they are used for anything else, they can dull, making it harder to cut.
After cutting, you can pin the fabric together with decorative sides facing each other. When sewing, you sew products inside out, so you can’t see the seam. To help sew the two parts nicely, make sure you pin with the sides lined up correctly, but do not sew over the pins.
When you first start sewing, sew about an inch down the fabric then backstitch. Backstitching is when you sew a line that is about an inch long then go back over it so the seam does not rip. You try to sew as straight as possible with backstitching at the end as well. If you mess up, don’t worry because that is what seam rippers are for. A seam ripper is a little metal, and sometimes plastic, tool that is used to rip seams so you can start over.
After all sewing has been done, you flip your product with the decorative side facing out then you have a complete product.
For my FCCLA project, I had to make my own paper patterns from my measurements. It took a lot of math and help from Ms. Seager, the Apparel I teacher and my advisor for FCCLA. After making patterns, I pinned as well as I could, then cut. After cutting, I pinned my fabric decorative sides together to give a seamless look. I sewed my garments and tried them on; they fit perfectly. I can’t wait to compete to see what others think of my designs.
This has been “Sew Cool” teaching little tidbits about sewing, but that’s a wrap on this lesson!
Sew you later!