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Posted on: 3/29/04 11:08 PM
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Sewing for children? In a small notebook write down
1. Garment sewn
2. Fabric used
3. Pattern used
4. Size used
5. Any alterations you madeto width, length or size.
6. Date sewn.

I did this when I sewed for my children as I passed down clothes etc and when I wanted to make another garment I could easily decide what size to make, if the garment needed to be larger than the last one I made for that child etc.
I was remended of this yesterday talking to my daughter [ who lives interstate]. Shed asked me to make some clothes for grandson and said to make tops the same size as last time and pants to make 2" longer. I have to work out what I made last time. I havent seen them for over 3 months. I guess I will have to start a notebook for the grandchildren.

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craftygamma said... (11/20/09 7:39 AM) Reply
Great idea! I need to do that for my grandbaby sewing projects, because memory fades.
fiddlestick chic said... (5/29/09 6:54 PM) Reply
Great tip! thanks! I have a knitting notebook because I normally design my own sweaters for me and the grandchildren ( top down knitting) and I forget what I did from time to time. They make the cutest knitting note books where you can put your swatch and all info , but I never considered that in sewing! How much I am learning from everyone on this site since I got back into sewing! All you sewers are SO sharing, I am so grateful for every review and tip I receive!
katieb said... (4/12/04 4:22 AM) Reply
Thanks for all the tips. I started a book recently, but haven't kept it upto date. I will go off now and sort it out. I never thought of writing the thread colour down. it makes good sense . Thanks to you all
JuneB said... (4/11/04 4:46 PM) Reply
This is a wonderful idea...guess I have missed the first 30 years of sewing but it will certainly help with the future 30 years... Thanks for the lovely tip :)
ncegbu said... (3/31/04 9:44 AM) Reply
I also include a picture of the garment or item. It's nice to have a picture of the garment on the person you made it for, if possible.
Annette H said... (3/31/04 4:39 AM) Reply
I have a list of all the things I have sewn since my youth (not the curtains and pillowcases) - and it gives me satisfaction to look at it from time to time to encourage myself to get going again.
Liana said... (3/31/04 2:47 AM) Reply
Just thought of something else. I use steno notebooks and put in a swatch too, and number the pages. On a ribbon tag in my garment, I include the page #, date finished, care code, etc. Makes it easier to refer to my notes, as I know where to look.
Liana said... (3/31/04 2:44 AM) Reply
I've done this for quite a few years, and it's amazing how often I refer back if only to see what color thread I used if I need to mend. The record keeping was what I hated about 4H sewing too! Now I enjoy it.
lhstitcher said... (3/30/04 12:39 PM) Reply
Thank you Knitter! I think it's a great idea, I'm going to include this in our beginner's sewing in 4H, everything is so new to them I think it would really help them track their progress. I'm starting my own this week!
SewVeryTall said... (3/30/04 3:55 AM) Reply
Great tip! I keep track of everything I make in a book. It is rewarding to write down a finished project. Also, months or years later, to be able to look back and see when you made something, is very helpful. I even like to include the cost, and time spent.
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