First Completed Sewing Project


I have been busy for the past few hours and made my first pair of pajamas bottoms from fabric I purchased a few weeks ago.  It took a while since it was my first sewing project in 7th grade home economics class, but it was well worth it after seeing the results.  At first, I was little apprehensive  after attempting to decipher the pattern layout. I made the decision to layout the pants differently and the cutting was successful and managed.

The pants aren’t perfect, but it’s the accomplishing the goal of finally sewing.  I still need a lot of practice, but learned the generally idea of cutting out pattern accurately, following the instructions, pinning, seam allowances, and sewing in a straight line.  I thought taking a sewing course would improve my skills and learn new ones, but I certainly enjoy the pleasures of being self-taught.  However, the down side of being self-taught doesn’t have the experience of learning from others and interacting with individuals.

I have another project I’m working on and it’s a skinny long scarf I began knitting the other day while reading The Jane Austen Book Club.  I must admit that I like staying busy along things I do can be solitary, but find the activities relaxing. While I think it’s time to call it day and finally get some sleep.


5 responses

  1. Hi Belinda:

    Thank you for your comment. Yes they are comfortable. I would make them again possibly in a cotton flannel for the cold days, and probably would come out even better than the first pair. I was a little confuse about the layout because the layout in the instruction was not identical to how I physically layout the pattern unless I turn the pattern on the wrong side, but was not sure about doing it that way. It was a one-way design, but didn’t mind if it matched exactly and seeing randomness of the pattern was a good thing for me (No one will seem). Overall, I think it was a great project to get me started with sewing. I have a lot to learn in relation to double and single thickness, cutting out plaid and strips, casing, etc., but I will eventually get the hang of it. Thanks again.

  2. You’re welcome! 🙂

    Working with one way designs can be tricky, so I usually try to avoid them. When you start working with different fabrics, I can highly recommend More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina. In fact, I recommend all her books! Also, another good book that I have is Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. It has information in it for every sewing technique from beginners to experienced seamstresses. I’ve used my copy so much that some of the pages are falling out!

    Happy Sewing!

  3. Hi Adrienne:

    Thank you for the comment. I have to tell you that it took me a while to make these pants (it would probably take an experienced sewer an hour or two), but I did it. It’s a great sense of accomplishment to finish a project you made (it’s better than going to store and buying it), and I would make them again because it gives me a chance to improve. I took a risk in making pants than a simple skirt, but learned that I can do this. Practice, practice, practice.

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