Challenge: Take a Class/Learn a New Technique
Project: The Kyoto Bag Class at Mama Said Sew
New Skills: French Seam and Pattern Drafting
As I have mentioned before, aside from a home economics class in junior high, I am pretty much self taught at sewing. I didn't have a mother who sewed so I am missing a lot of those little tips and tricks that most people use intuitively. To try and catch up, I have signed up for some fun, project oriented, sewing classes at my local, cool as heck, sewing store: Mama Said Sew.
This week I took the Blue Light Special class: the Kyoto Bag.
I was so excited because the first thing we did was draft our patterns!
I learned some new tricks (that really should have been obvious) with my favorite tool.
I also learned about a new tool (new to me that is) that I am in love with: a French Curve. Coolest Ruler Ever! I bought one on the spot.
Angela (owner of Mama Said Sew) taught me a trick to pulling the seams so they lay out nicely after turning the bag right side out. You carefully pull the seam with a pin and roll the fabric away from the seam with your fingers. Then iron the seam. She called it picking or pinning the seam, I cannot remember which.
(This is me, with a pin, pulling the seam.)
It looks so much nicer when you do this before top stitching.
I also learned how to make a French seam. It is feels so counterintuitive when sewing this kind of seam for the first time!
Easy bag, fun class, learned a LOT.
The Princess P, Posing with the bag. My little drama queen!