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Friday, August 13, 2010

I recently took a trip to my local library to hunt down some books on sewing with knits.  I did find a bit of information that helped me research my post on sewing with knits, but I also found this little gem.  A beginning sewing book that includes 10 free patterns.  I love free patterns, and it is always nice to try something new.  The book is S-E-W, Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.
The Pattern Box 

The Patterns

As you can see the book itself was a bit beat up.  I wasn't quite sure what I'd find inside the box of patterns.  I expected there to be missing patterns, and cut up patterns, but to my delight every pattern was nicely folded and in it's original form.  The book includes a variety of patterns including a wrap around skirt, a naughty secretary pencil skirt, a  cape mod pattern, an elephant stuffy, yoga pants, boxers, a power tie, and many more.  Apart from the paper patterns there are several written patterns that include dimensions for additional projects.  Honestly, I wanted to sew my way through the book, but I knew I'd never make any headway on my TO DO list.  So I picked out a couple of patterns that I was interested in making (and that I had available fabric for) and set to work.

I chose to make a project from one paper pattern  and one dimensional pattern.

Power Tie Instructions-Notice the Purple Gingham?

The paper pattern that I used was for the Power Tie.  This was my first attempt at making a men's neck tie, and possibly my last.  The pattern itself was great, and the instructions were easy to follow, but man do I hate turning fabric.  A neck tie seemed to me that it would be a quick and easy project, but turning the tie itself took me far more time than I would like to spend on one project.  I had chosen to use a really inexpensive fabric to "try out" the project.  I had intended on making a  second version with some nicer fabric when I was convinced that the tie would turn out the way that I'd hoped.  I probably won't end up making a second version, but oh well, at least I didn't spend a whole lot of money on the first.  Notice the gingham check on the lining.  Diana used a purple gingham on her tie and I decided to reference that in my version.  You'll probably see more gingham in the coming week.

I love my buttons!

The second pattern that I decided to try was the Tokyo Tie Bag.  This was the pattern with dimensional instructions.  I took the liberty to adjust the dimensions to the sizes that I wanted.  I also made a few tweaks to the bag itself.  The original version ties at the top of the bag (it is quite cute), but I didn't feel like tying my bag at the time.  I decided to make the edges of the ties a bit more blunt, and to attach the shoulder strap with some buttons.  I used three buttons in varying sizes that coordinated with my fabric lining.  I really like the way that the bag turned out.  I would definitely make an additional bag.

I had a lot of fun looking through this book and trying out a couple of Diana's patterns.  I think that I'll have to head back to my library and see if I can find any additional books with free patterns.  Does anyone have any suggested reads?  Does anyone know of any free patterns for toddler bow ties?

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