My niece, R, came to her first sewing lesson armed with one skirt pattern and three lots of fabric. “There were so many nice fabrics on sale so I bought three”. I knew then we were off to a good start!
She choose Simplicity 2451 style C (the plain green one) as her pattern. The instructions from this Simplicity pattern are excellent and the diagrams really help (perhaps this comment from me shows I’m sewing too many BurdaStyle patterns??)
The first lesson was mainly spent in preshrinking the fabric, working out her size, preparing the pattern pieces accordingly, then cutting out and marking in dots and darts with chalk. Not so much sewing machine action!
Of course, I’m hoping her cousin’s interest will encourage my daughter into sewing, but at this point, after helping R find the pattern pieces, she slipped back into perusing a fashion magazine in the same room as the action!
Lesson two was spent at the sewing machine. R is an excellent student: Careful, quietly confident, persistent. Even unpicking stay stitching after the yoke pieces were sewn on didn’t faze her.
By the end of lesson two she only had the zip, yoke facings and hem to go! And it looked like the fit was spot on. It feels so good to pass on skills, and to see R pleased with her efforts.
And my cunning plan to lure my daughter to the sewing machine seems to be working, even if she has to use the old machine while R got the new one..
Here they both are in the “sweatshop”
Sewing is now temporarily interrupted by a week on Kangaroo Island….