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Subject: TnT Sew-Along and Fit-Along (Was Beginner's Pattern Wardrobe) Date: 12/18/11 0:41 AM

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So I'm new here, and have a very limited clue about sew alongs. But I had an idea for one anyway. (And I'm wondering if I should have posted it in Beginners instead?)

As a re-beginner, my main goal is to put together a set of nicely altered patterns that I can reuse and reuse. I think that this should fix my start-and-stop sewing habits - I usually drop out of sewing because I keep trying patterns that are beyond my ability, and I give up after the first couple of failures.

So my plan is to complete a successful muslin, preferably a wearable muslin, and the associated altered pattern, for:

1) A pajama shirt. This is mainly to give me something probably-usable right away, no matter what sewing flaws it has - I can relearn how to do a decent seam, how to press, how to topstitch, and so on. I already have an ancient pattern that I've made up twice in the distant past; I intend to give it a straight instead of shirttail hem, eliminate the button closure (the opening is big enough that I never need to unbutton it) and add "cuffs" and maybe pockets.

2) A shirt/blouse. Given the struggles I usually have with classic set-in sleeves, I'm thinking of the HotPatterns Classix Nouveau Dolman Blouse.

3) A skirt. I may be cheating here - somewhere in the house I already have a nicely fitted version of the HotPatterns Miss Moneypenny Trumpet Skirt. Somewhere. And the skirt I made with it about five years ago still fits, so the pattern should, too. If I can't find it, I'm considering the HotPatterns Classix Nouveau Trouser Skirt, although that may be more challenging than I want to risk right now.

4) and a dress. The Liverpool can also be a dress, but I'm leaning more toward the HotPatterns Wong-Singh-Jones Kimon Wrap Dress.

A pair of pants would be an obvious addition, but I never wear pants that aren't jeans, and I'm not ready to learn to make jeans.

I'm a fraction worried that I'm leaning so heavily on HotPatterns here, but, well, there it is.

So, anybody interested in a pattern-focused sew along?

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 9:42 AM

I think your idea to make a pajama top shirt is wonderful. I made a few of those as an intro to sewing and you learn/perfect so much - and get a wearable item regardless of your exact skill (or lack thereof - in my case!).

I'd probably join you but I have so many other things on my sewing list right now, I know I wouldn't keep up. I hope you get a lot of other participants though!

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 11:24 AM

This is a great idea for a sew along. I might even consider it in January because I really need a stable of TnTs to turn to when I need/want something to wear. And Sew Alongs is the place to post!

It's just fine to rely on one pattern maker. There is clearly something about HotPatterns that works for you. Stay with what works!

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 11:32 AM

This is a great idea, and I think if you also post your idea in the Beginner's area, you will get even more responses. I am "here" until mid January, and then travel, so I'll check in from time to time. I would love to have a few more TNTs in my repertoire. (OMG, I think I spelled that right without Google)

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 7:36 PM

Would we all be making the same pattersn as everybody else? Or do our "own thing"?

I would love to be able to "up" my sewing skills. I sewed for a bit some 20 years ago and then stopped. Then in 2008, I started taking it more seriously. The past year due to personal issues, I didn't sew much. But it's different now. I am really wanting to sew more.

Ok, that was probably more info. than you needed!
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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 7:51 PM

I have spent most of the last year sewing for everyone - but me. And I really (really) need some clothes. I will track this topic (not sure if I am "in", but will try to keep up.) I can't start until Jan., but I have plans to make some things for myself over the next 6 months (though I still have promised items to others - like my daughter.) I will work mine in between, I guess. I always have so much more in my head than my hands can do. ::sigh:: First up for me is some pants. I have zero pants that fit me and Dh wants me to go geo-caching with him - and he said I need to have pants. OK.

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 9:03 PM

Woohoo! Thanks for the encouragement, folks. I always worry when I suggest something in an area where I'm deficient in clues. :)

Re: "Would we all be making the same pattersn as everybody else? Or do our "own thing"? "

I'm definitely assuming that everyone would do their own thing. Maybe the plan would be to end with muslin and altered pattern for one top, one bottom, and one "other", where the other could be a dress or coat or cloak or jacket or overalls or whatever? Additions (like pants _and_ a skirt for the bottom) would be optional.

And does a sew along need time guidelines, or are those optional?

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 9:35 PM

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And does a sew along need time guidelines, or are those optional?

This site is free wheeling so we pretty much make things up as we go along. Since you suggested the topic, it is yours to decide.:-) My preference is to go until warm weather starts, which is a natural time to switch gears. I also suggest that we have some schedule of what to work on first---> so we can decide when to jump in and when to just lurk. This also means that those people who have a TNT already could be more available to help others.

pants
knit tops
skirt
casual topper like a cardi or even unlined jacket
dress
woven blouse

What do you think?
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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/18/11 11:36 PM

From a purely selfish point of view I'd be against starting with pants, because I'm not going to do pants.That's not to say that they couldn't be on the list, but I'd vote for later. Or would it be wrong to start with a "bottom", either pants or skirt, participant's choice? Would that split the activity too much?

I dither.

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Subject: Those Sew Along things - a beginners' "pattern wardrobe" sewalong? Date: 12/19/11 1:22 AM

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my main goal is to put together a set of nicely altered patterns that I can reuse and reuse.
Perfect goal! I'd love to do that too. I've been working on fitting (what seems like forever) towards a TNT with a knit top and I'm almost there. I have a knit pant muslin that's not too bad and 2 woven blouse half-stage muslins that are an awful fit. Haven't tried a skirt, dress or jeans pattern, no collars, plackets, set-in sleeves or waistbands with zippers and pockets yet either. I would love to join in, but it probably won't be in earnest until almost February, so if you don't mind, I'll lurk along till then. I'm still healing from wrist surgery and which will also coincide with Grandpuppy-sitting for almost 3 wks in Jan., but I should be good to go after that. Looking forward to it, wish I could sew now. My stash is ready and I plan to order more thread and wind *lots* of bobbins in the meantime. lol Thanks for starting this
ETA of course if everyone's finished by Feb. than I'll just be a lurker hopefully learning some things along the way.
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