Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sew What?

Good morning! Today's plan is to make some pj pants for Frankie. We've been talking about it, and yesterday we went out and looked for a cute pattern. We have an old pattern from back in the kid days which works really well, but makes a bit of a funky pant, perfect for fleece or flannel but not perfect for a daytime lounge about pant.


I've been sewing clothes since elementary school.  My mom taught me, and while I did take sewing in school, most of what I know is from mom or trial and error. We never throw away a pattern, lots of times we just cobble different patterns together to make a franken-outfit. This collar on that dress, those sleeves, this bodice.  I loved mixing up prints as well.. I just love fabric, always have. 
 
Anyway.. I picked up this pattern from Kwik Sew. I've seen them in quilt shops recently, and I'm most comfortable with traditional tissue patterns. I like being able to see through them so you don't get that ill placed motif! And the multi sizes are nice too.   Frankie is petite, and I forgot to look to see if it was 'petite-able'.   It's easier when the markings are already there, but I can work it out. I hope!
 
So here's my question... I always fold back the sizes I'm not using so that I can make the pattern again in a different size if necessary.  Do you do that or do you just cut with wild abandon on the size you are using.  I always want to do that, but have that old time fear of wasting those other sizes. 
 
Ok, better get to work! Have a good day peeps!

30 Comments:

Anonymous DianeP said...

Yes, I fold back the extra sizes - my Mom taught me to do that years ago, so I do it too.

Good luck with your project - bet it'll be cute!

4:56 AM  
Blogger (un)Deniably Domestic said...

Sewing for others and costuming has always taught me to trace the size I am using. So, I trace. Have a great Wednesday. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

5:04 AM  
Blogger Kathy H. said...

Kwik Sew patterns are so well done, I trace the size I am using onto very cheap interfacing, it works well to keep the pattern intact and the interfacing holds up well for folding up and using again in the future.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Ellyn said...

I confess that with the tissue paper patterns I tend to just whack away.... I'm very impatient! I rarely pay more than $1.99 for a pattern (I buy them on sale). For more expensive, designer patterns or ones like Kwik Sew on sturdy paper I do trace them & keep the sizes separated in zip lock bags...

5:19 AM  
Blogger Sandi Colwell said...

I fold back too! Never know when you'll need a different size.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Meadowcreek said...

I haven't actually made many clothes since I started quilting. When I did make clothes, though, I always folded the pattern back. I don't think I ever needed a different size, but wanted to fold anyway just in case.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Debby said...

I trace the pattern on interfacing, don't want to mess up the original pattern

5:30 AM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

There's nothing worse that the ill-placed motif! That cracked me up -- probably just remembering all the big flowers that ended up right in the middle of the boobage LOL. I'm a fold-er-back person. It's the only way. ;-D

5:54 AM  
Blogger Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I will fold if I know I will use it again but when I was making something for my kids I cut, cut, cut! That is a cute lounge pant pattern!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

Yup, I must admit I am a cutter-offer. Maybe it's my way to say, "I'm not getting any bigger!"

6:27 AM  
Blogger folksmith said...

If i really like the pattern i might buy it in a couple of different sizes and then just cut the pattern and mark the outside envelope with the size that i cut. Of course, i only purchase the pattern if it is on sale for $1.99 or less.

6:27 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Hahha Anna boobage! I love tissue patterns too for that reason.

6:30 AM  
Blogger CuteStuffInside said...

Waste not, want not!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Junebug said...

I'm a folder! With many grand kids I tend you use all sizes. I do clip a curve or two to get a better fold. Maybe you could just call me cheap!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

That's a great pattern and trace. You'll want a pair too.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Melissa P said...

I have always cut with abandon when using multi-size patterns. Always. But then, I've been doing this sewing thing for so long, I remember when patterns were not multi-sized.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With JoAnn's always having 99 cent pattern sales, I just cut away. I can always get another if need be.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Kristie said...

My mom taught me to fold back and leave all the sizes intact. Once I had my girls I could only afford one pattern, so I had to fold back. Even now I can't help myself and I still fold the pattern over. Occasionally one of the girls will ask "permission" to cut out on their own size. I can hardly resist such sweet a plea...
Love you, Pam and Frankie!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Lori Holt said...

I always fold over the other sizes too!...that's what I was taught and it's hard to break a habit.
If I just chopped away at one size...I'm afraid I would hear my mom's and grandma's voices inside my head telling me not to waste the other sizes...someone will need them even if you don't:)
Happy pajama sewing...cutie pie fabric too!!!!
ps...I posted row 4 today!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I'm reckless and wild and I always cut the patterns. I've never even considered folding the other sizes back and I've never been in a situation where I wished I hadn't cut my patterns up. Can't wait to see the cute lounge pants!

9:53 AM  
Blogger karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Kwik Sew are my favorite clothing patterns... I always think they are the most true to size/correctly proportioned. I always use tracing paper/cheap interfacing as others have mentioned and just be sure to transfer the information (pattern number, size, etc.) Good luck!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Robbienae said...

I always cut to the size needed for the moment. If I use the pattern at a later time then I add or delete as necessary. If you happen to make a mistake then go to the fabric store for more fabric :)

1:41 PM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

I wish I hadn't sent all my kwik sew patterns to good will. I had tons of them. It is hard to switch from a quilting brain go garment brain though. I always traced on doctors table paper. But with Frankie, I'd just cut.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I cut with wild abandon. That tissue makes me crazy and if I had to fold back the sizes all pretty, I'd probably hurt something or myself...

4:35 PM  
Blogger Bari Jo said...

I'm a folder, too! :O)

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must confess)....I fold under!!!LOL. Nurse Payne

9:09 PM  
Blogger jesop84 said...

I, too, am a folder. Have a great day!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I have always traced the size I need. I just can't cut into those other lines.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Cute pattern. I love Kwik Sew patterns. I usually trace if it is an expensive pattern, but like others here, if I get it for 1.99 or less, I cut...it's faster and time is money...or so they say.
Cute fabric for the pant. I started sewing clothes at about 10 and I am so thankful to my Mom for that.

8:28 PM  
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