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PatternReview on Facebook: Making a Garment in Just Over an HourBy DianeSev on 1/10/13 4:09 PM

PatternReview on Facebook: Making a Garment in Just Over an Hour

We asked:

"Have you ever made a garment from cutting to hemming in 65 minutes? Tell us about it! Maria Denmark says it's possible!"

Maria Denmark 103 Day to Night Top

You said:

"20 years ago I headed up the church Christmas pageant, and I assumed there were sewists in the congregation. Turned out there were very few, and I wound up making the majority of the costumes. When I started, the angels, shepherds and wise men outfits took awhile to finish, but as I progressed they became easier and easier. Toward the end I could look at a kid, cut out their costume and sew it up in less than an hour. Wise men took longer because of the sequins and trimmings. That pattern is still in print after all these years, I highly recommend it.”

biblical costumes


“It is! I've done it! Three times!” [Maria Denmark]

“I'm excited to try this one out! Maybe it’s the Sorbetto blouse for the knits world!”


“I can, but I have decided I am not going that way anymore. I seem to be a ‘90% is good enough for me’ person, and I am trying to shed that.”

Have you made a whole garment in just over an hour?  Tell us about it below.

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LauraJ said... (1/16/13 2:26 PM) Reply
I often cut several items in one colorway and bag them in large ziploc bags. So that I don't have to stop and cut and then sew. Then when I do sew, I can put together two or three things in quick succession. The best instant gratification ... making sheers and hanging each panel as it's finished!!
gsp1066 said... (1/16/13 1:17 AM) Reply
I routinely turn out baby/toddler clothes in under an hour from scraps in my zero-waste bin. If I have 1/2 yard pieces left over from a project in a suitable weight, I immediately cut out baby pants or shorts from Kwik Sew's Sewing for Babies book. The machines are already threaded with the right color thread, I need only cut out one pre-traced pattern piece, and there are minimal seams. I can turn out 3 baby pants or shorts in one hour.
pfafffanatic said... (1/15/13 7:30 PM) Reply
Louise Cutting's One Seam Pattern from Cutting Line Designs can be made in about an hour once you have fit the pattern and tweaked it to fit. I can knock those out in no time, especially if I use steam a seam to hem the pants.
Union Jack said... (1/15/13 9:34 AM) Reply
Yes. I have made simple pinafore dresses, shorts and trews for my granddaughters in under an hour. It will usually be because I have left it to the last minute and need to catch the post! Most things, though I take much longer with - you cannot make a smocked frock in an hour!!!
sewin said... (1/10/13 7:53 PM) Reply
Never, I'm much slower than that but it's certainly impressive that there are those that have.

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