We are never too young or too old to learn something new. I started sewing at a very young age because my grandmother Annie Seddon was also passionate about sewing.When I trace my ancestry right back to the 1700's my whole family has been in the cloth industry in some way shape or form. My family have been weavers, spinners and tailors. My own father produced card clothing for cotton spinning mills. I trained as a tailor too so I guess fabric is in my genes.
I did not have many toys when I was young,but what I did have was access to a treadle sewing machine. I started off by making clothes for my dolls but rapidly began sewing my own clothes. I wore me-made clothes to school whist I was still at primary school.
Sewing is a skill which will always be with you, and it is worth starting young. Boys too should learn to sew, my uncle made his own waterproof coats and I have to say that I do take a little bit of credit for my doctor sons ability to sew nice stitches. In people, I must add!
Seriously, you are never too young to learn, so please,if you know a young person please do encourage them to follow this blog, maybe you could learn together.
I welcome questions, but I need you to get an adults permission to contact me please, this is for your own safety because you should never contact anybody on the internet without your family knowing about it. I would love to see pictures of garments you make but again, these must come from your parents.I hope you understand why I am saying this. I am approachable and I will help you learn to sew, and I will answer your questions I promise
Right then, what do you need to start sewing? First of all meet Annie. Annie is an 18" child doll. No doubt you have one already, but if not,you need to ask very nicely if you could have one. She must be a child doll, and not a baby doll or the clothes will not fit. Choose your doll carefully, with hair and eye colour to match your own if you like, she is our model and we will be fitting her clothes just like adults do with a dressmakers dummy! This will teach you all about fitting clothes and will be important to you when you come to make yourself a dress later on this year. Yes, you did read that correctly,by the end of the year you will be making yourself a dress!
This is a photograph of my Grandmother Annie with my grandfather and my mother. I am in the centre with my two younger brothers. I keep a photograph of my Gran in my sewing room to watch over me.
This is the pattern we will be starting with . It is available from Jaycotts.co.uk on this link
I appreciate that you will need some equipment to get started but it will all last you a very long time.
This is what the back of the pattern envelope looks like. It shows a diagram of every garment inside the pattern and what fabrics and so on you need to make it.Patterns for adults and children come in multiple sizes so if you were making something for yourself you would need to choose your size at this point but all you need to worry about now is that you have an 18" doll and a pattern to fit the same sized doll as this one does.
later on in the year we will be making this lovely dress and coat for a very special occasion.
You will need some basic sewing equipment. Jaycotts have kindly obtained this sewing box for you, full of sewing supplies at a very special price.
The sewing box has a top tray to keep smaller items in and below it there is plenty of room to store your scissors and pattern and so on too. To view the sewing box and its contents and to make the purchase click on this link SEWING BOX Dont forget that you can also purchase your pattern at the same time.
the contents of the box are
1 each of black and white sewing thread 1000m size
hand sewing needles
2 needle threaders
pearl headed pins
You will need thread to match the colour of your fabric, and additional items such as press studs and elastic but I will tell you exactly what you need for each project. You may find a thread snipper or a small pair of embroidery scissors useful. You may also want to use pinking sheers to neaten the seams after you have sewn them but do not worry if you do not have any.
A sewing machine is something you may not have just now. When you decide that you love sewing - which I hope you will - you will start thinking abut owning a sewing machine.I like this Brother Innovis 10A, available by clicking on this link to jaycotts.co.uk Brother Innovis 10A I like this machine because it is easy to use and will grow with you as you become more proficient at sewing. It has an automatic needle threader and a choice of different buttonholes. However I do recommend that you give Jaycotts a ring on 01244 394099 to discuss different options and current prices.I recommend Jaycotts because they have given me outstanding service for more than 15 years. They are a family business who really care about their customers.If you do not have access to a sewing machine then please do not worry because I will be showing you how to hand sew. Learning to sew by hand is important anyway. Couture garments are always hand sewn. You will find that even if you are using a sewing machine you will still need to do certain parts by hand so it is worth all of us learning how to hand sew. I will make some videos to show you how and I promise you that it will be easy to learn,so do not worry about it.If you take a look at the pattern you will see that it is a complete wardrobe of clothes. we will start off by making a dress and then adapt the pattern to make a nightdress.Then we will make some coordinates - pants, skirts an tops and even a hat. For this you will need material. Most people who sew have a huge stash of fabric,myself included!Of course you may want to use your outgrown clothes to make your dolls wardrobe, but if you want your own stash of fabrics then my good friend Clare of Thread Head Fabrics, see her web site here,Theadheadfabrics.co.uk , has put together some beautiful collections of fabrics for you to choose from and buy at a very special price.
The collections contain six fabrics which you can mix and match to make your garments your own
The collection I am using is this one, "CITY GIRL" It is made up from prints and plains and each piece will make at least one garment, probably more.this collection is available from Thread head Fabrics, click on the link here to go directly to the web site where you can look at the fabrics and make your purchases CITY GIRL FABRIC COLLECTION
This is the BUTTERFLY BRIGHTS collection, View it on this link BUTTERFLY BRIGHTS COLLECTION
This is CANDY FLOSS, and the link to it is here CANDY FLOSS
for the tom-boys among us, look at this fabric bundle! footballs, skulls, wow! buy it from this linkGIRL POWER
This is summer garden, the floral would make a very pretty dress.SUMMER GARDEN
Another pretty collection, SPRING GARDEN, more details here SPRING GARDEN
Another lovely collection called COUNTRY GIRL COUNTRY GIRLAnd lastly Thread head fabrics will put you together a mixture of fabrics if you contact them on this link GO TO THIS PAGE TO DISCUSS ALTERNATIVE FABRICS The current price for these bundles is a very reasonable £15.The first real sewing post will be out in a couple of weeks to give you time to get everything togetherYou will need your doll,pattern, fabric, matching thread, scissors, pins sewing needles as an absolute minimum.a word about scissors. You will need an old pair to cut your pattern out with. Your fabric scissors are very special and must only be used for cutting fabric.I hope that you are as excited as I am about this new blog and I hope that you will help a child to learn to sew. It is a great gift to give to anybody.Welcome to my world of sewingsee you soon.Angela xxxx --Posted By Blogger to Sewangelicadethreads on 5/20/2016 04:03:00 am