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Learning Project again.

Okay so sewing with patterns is complicated, and takes a long time, and is confusing, and IS possible. I am now in the process of sewing these pieces together, but I thought I would show the process of getting the patterns cut and ready to go together.

so I started by folding the material in half so I could lay out every piece going the same direction so the lines in the material are all going the same way on the dress. then I measured along these lines on each pattern piece to make sure every piece was laying straight. After than I pinned the pattern pieces to the material, making them ready to be cut out.

Here's the pattern pieces on my material ready to be cut. Eeek!

After then, I went ahead and cut the patterns out and there are little dots where the darts go, and my mom told me to sew an “x” into every one of the dots…I don’t know what that will do, but I guess it’s so I can match them up to sew them? That’s what I’m gunna be working on next!

So I have the pieces ready and waiting for me to start the sewing process. Wish me luck!!


Learning Project Updateeee

So I didn’t write anything over the weekend…but I’m going to blame that on the long weekend and the fact that almost my ENTIRE family from my mom’s side came to visit and celebrate for my Affie’s 80th birthday (for anyone who doesn’t know, “Affie” is Icelandic for “Grandpa”). The entire weekend was a feast of Icelandic food and drinks and enough cakes to feed my entire ECS 100 class….but sorry guys, I ate all of them. I honestly don’t think I’ve gorged myself like that in years.

This is what I feel like walking to and from classes today. So. Much. Food. In. Muh. Belly.

MOVING ON THOUGH. Learning project. So I’ve started working a lot more on this and I thought I would explain where I’m at with it. Last update I was still trying to figure out my tinkerbell pattern. Umm…yeah..didn’t QUITE work out. I fiddled around with the pattern, tried to get an understanding of where to fold the material..all with no luck. Then halloween came and there was no tinkerbell dress. Result? I decided to move to plan B. My mom brought down some of the patterns that we already have, and I decided to try out a different one.

Original pattern that I was going to use for my tinkerbell dress. WAYYY too difficult for a first time pattern-sewing.

The new pattern is a dress I’ve had made for me twice. I figured, why not use this as my learning project and learn how to do it for myself!! Besides, I know this dress style looks adorable, and it will be fun to have a bright green cocktail dress to wear to Christmas parties and whatnot :).

And here is the new pattern I'm using! Very cute pencil dress. I'm actually so excited to make this now.

I’ll let you all know how the pattern process is going in my upcoming posts this week!


Learning Project update. Bleh.

Sewing patterns make no sense.

My work space. My cat seems to be getting more out of it than I am.

I’m currently working on it…this is a little bit of an update on that. It would be lovely if I had my grandma or my mom around to tell me what certain things mean, but it’s 1 in the morning and they are both sleeping, to my knowledge at least! Sooooo here I am. My lovely green material…what side do I fold it to? How many times do I fold it? Am I a size 6 or a size 8 on the pattern (I know from watching my mom in the past that often times it ends up being slightly bigger than what the pattern says…so I should be okay with the 6?) If I only fold it once, how to I get 4 pieces out of what is being shown? I’m almost ready to just pack it in for the night, get some sleep and resume this thing tomorrow.

Seriously, this is like trying to learn a different language at 1 in the morning. I'm so unimpressed.

Not gunna lie, it’s very tempting to just take the fabric and cut out the pieces while measuring them to myself and other dresses I have that fit me, and just going with it! Alas, I need to learn what all of this stuff means, and hopefully have it done by halloween (if I don’t finish it by then it’s not the end of the world..I have a billion flapper costumes and I could always then put more effort in and have a full-fledged fantastic outfit for next year’s halloween!). Anyways though….this is where I am at right now. The fact that I’m so stressed with papers and midterms on top of this is probably adding to how I’m getting so frustrated with myself for not Understanding it outright. My plan is to consult my grandma…and I’m sure once she explains to me these little details, it’ll be slightly more smooth sailing. I’m trusting that once I figure out how to get the pattern pieces in the right place, and start sewing pieces together, it’ll all be good and much, much better.

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