I'm sure some people are already visiting the beach but we haven't opened our swimming pool yet. We've been teased with a couple of warm days but we also had a hard freeze so we are waiting for a while to hit the beach or open the swimming pool. I love a day at the beach... relaxing and chilling out is my idea of a perfect day. Securing things like your keys and the loose change for the concession stand is always an issue but this new sewing project to sew a securely closing beach towel or beach blanket pocket solves that issue. Keeping things out of sight is half the battle. I'm not sure I would trust walking off and leaving electronics but if you would with them stashed in the out of sight beach towel pocket, be sure to keep plastic bags at hand to keep the electronics dry!
Have you ever stopped to think about exactly what makes a seam and how a seam comes together. Seams are a basic element of almost all sewing projects and we can improve our sewing skills by analyzing the elements that make up our sewing project... especially if you are teaching others to sew.
There are basics to all seams and there are specialty seams that have special purposes. Learning all of these variations and knowing what options are available as you sew, makes the project go together easier than punting your way through it and ends in a project you can be proud of.
I did something this weekend that I hadn't done in years... The weather was predicted to be rainy so there was no sense in planning gardening activities. So I chose to spend the weekend in my sewing room! I actually picked out a couple patterns and spent the weekend sewing clothes for myself. Since loosing weight, I need clothes so it seemed like a perfect way to spend my rainy days...and it felt GREAT! I used up most of an old bolt of Wal-Mart dollar a yard fabric. I have finished one wearable semi-dressy blouse and I have a dress that is almost finished ... but now that I read the end of the direction, I do not like the way the zipper is the last thing to be done and raw edges are at the neckline... I should have read through all of the directions first so I could have changed the construction method. Now that I am familiar with the "new" patterns, I can play with a couple of fitting issues.
Now I'm curious! How long has it been since you used a commercial pattern? Please take the poll and sound off on the forum about your experiences. If I know where we run into issues, I can work on solving the issues so we can all get back to sewing garments that we want!
The school year is ending for most schools. I like to remember the work of club leaders, teachers and all the people who made the year a good one for my child. I don't break the bank, I sew! There are plenty of ways to turn something small into something personalized with fabric and decorations so that even the smallest gift is a personalized experience.