Friday, December 11, 2009

Pajama Pants

So last night I had my first ever sewing class at Stitch Your Art Out in Pine Grove Mills, PA. Kim Davis was my instructor for the class. And what a wonderful teacher she is; very patient. I had such a wonderful time working with Kim and my classmates chatting away about life and sewing. I cannot wait until next Thursday.

We are making pajama pants. I am using Red Letter Day by Lizzy House from Andover Fabrics. I just couldn't pass up making pajamas from the geese and duck print. Kim suggested that I need to get a pair of yellow duckie slippers to complete my bedtime attire :)
I promise to post pictures of me in the pajamas when I am finished. But I probably won't have the slippers.

We were able to trace the pattern from the master pattern using a cool Pattern Ease stuff. Much easier to handle than that tissue stuff in commercial patterns. And OMG so much pinning! I am not used to so much pinning since most of quilt construction is smaller than 6" and I don't have to pin.

Then carefully cutting out the fabric. My biggest problem in the past was raising up the fabric to much and distorting the tissue. But with my flat sided Fiskars I was able to keep the fabric flat on the surface of the table; for the most part ;) I am glad I spent a little money on their purchase.

We were also able to sew the two back and two front pieces together at the crotch. I ended up getting one inseam finished and ironed before we had to pack up and leave. My "homework" is to finish my second inseam.

What is interesting to me is that the pattern author has us make a 1/2" seam and then cut it down to 1/4" before finishing the seam. I am sure there is a reason behind this, but I have no idea why we would do this. Then the whole bit about finishing seams.

I know that fabrics fray, duh? Why didn't I think about this when I tried to make clothing before? Just goes to show you how much better I learn stuff in the classroom setting. Reading a commercial pattern for me is like reading Greek. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Kim suggested finishing the seam using pinking shears, a zig-zag, or a second straight seam inside my original seam. I chose to use a zig-zag since I don't have a Serger and am not a big fan of the pinking shears. They always hurt my had to operate them. Maybe I should get them oiled or something; )

I am hoping that finishing the seams will add some strength to them. As any clothing I have made in the past has not stood up to wearing and washing. But then again, I didn't finish my seams on that clothing AND really know what I was doing in the first place :)

Have a great weekend everyone!


Needled Mom said...

I so enjoyed reading of your sewing adventures. I have sewn since I was four years old and it is nice to read what a beginner sewer is thinking. It will definitely help when I am teaching to address these issues.

If you have a pattern that you know "fits" you, one can cut your seam allowance smaller. I think they allow the 5/8" seam for any adjustments you might need to make.

They have wonderful Fiskar pinking shears that work the same as your flat scissors you are describing. There is no pain (and I know what you are talking about) when you use them. Plus, when you home sew your stitches can be set to 2.5 and they make the seams much stronger than store bought items. You can also cut with a small rotary cutter and then you do not get any distortion and it is MUCH faster.

I can't wait to see your final product! Enjoy.

Beth said...

I like to use a stretch stitch on seams that always seem to wear out. Like the crotch seam. Just a thought!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

that fabrcis is really beautiful and funny! i thinks is perfect for a pajama!!! have a great weekend!

DeeRoo said...

I love that reminds me of a children's book!

I just can't believe that you sew these beautiful quilts but you can't sew clothing!:) I'm self taught and learned a lot just from trial and error!:)

I like to zig zag the seams, I figure it this's an extra seam in case something rips!:) And I always sew the inseam of pants in numbers!:)

Oh you are going to learn to sew clothing and have a whole new obsession!!!:)

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