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Episode 44: You Can Never Go Wrong With Polka Dots!

You can watch the video episode here. I make an announcement regarding the future schedule of the podcast. Also, this is going to be the last audio episode to be put on iTunes.

This is a sewing and quilting-themed episode, with lots of garment sewing tips!

 

 

1. A HANDMADE WARDROBE

Simplicity 1360 out of a raspberry cotton jersey, layered under Love’s Promise by “Amanita” Agata Mackiewicz, out of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Dr Zhivago’s Sky.

2. A BIT OF SEWING

Tips and techniques:

  • Why I always stabilise shoulder seams with grosgrain ribbon in knit tops and dresses.
  • I explain when and why I prefer PDF patterns, and how I use and store my paper patterns.
  • I share how I usually construct dresses, sewing the horizontal seams first so I can do – and alter – the side seams all in one go.
  • I also give an easier and more efficient way to attach sleeves in knit garments (this doesn’t apply to woven garments! You do need to ease in the sleeve as per pattern instructions in woven garments).
  • I explain how I organise my time at the sewing machine, serger and coverstitch when making a garment, and why a serger is so much more necessary than a coverstitch to a garment sewist.

 

3. A BIT OF QUILTING

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I have started learning how to quilt. I mention Leah Day‘s Craftsy Class, Free Motion Quilting a Sampler, as well as her YouTube channel.

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  • Coasters out of mini charm packs to practise my piecing and free motion quilting
  • Doll quilt to further practise on piecing and free motion quilting.
  • I have been making a twin-size quilt for my daughter out of a Moda Jelly Roll – Prairie  by Cory Yoder, and have free motion quilted it (stippling).

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Sandwiching and Pinning the Quilt

4. FUTURE PROJECTS

  • Baby Quilt out of organic fabric by Robert Kaufman
  • Lightweight sleep sacks out of organic cotton jersey, using this tutorial and pattern.
  • One or two more nursing dresses for me.

OTHER PODCASTS/FRIENDS MENTIONED

Holland Handmade (mamatoabigail)
Little Bobbins Knits
Sew Stylish (HelenSewStylish)

 

Credits: Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.

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