Start small, build skills. I think this is very important. It’s hard to know where to start, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You can see my previous blog post here for a guide to my first few garments. Make a muslin… or two… or three. A muslin, also called a toile, is made with cheap fabric (I usually use cotton muslin I buy for $.99/yard). Muslins are primarily used as a means to test the fit of the pattern and make alterations. Look at where your muslin is wrinkling, and think about what can be done to remove that. Wear the muslin around the house for a bit to make sure it’s comfortable. And for the beginning sewist, muslins are also a great way to familiarize yourself with a pattern and to practice the new techniques it requires. Don’t be afraid of alterations. I have to make a lot…

It’s been a busy couple months since I started sewing garments! Like I said in my previous post, I found garment sewing intimidating and scary, so I hope sharing my early projects may help other aspiring sewists figure out how to get started! I’m continuing to steadily build my skills,…

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My dad loves his ladies. He spends hours with them every day. He puts out a lawn chair and sits in the middle of their house, letting them jump all over him. They clamber to him for bread, their special treat. They’ve been taught to perform a trick for it -…

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