I remember being very intimidated the first time I bought a printable pattern. Printing and cutting and assembling all those pages sounded so daunting! As it turned out, I actually enjoyed the process of assembling a printable pattern. It’s not much different than putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, which I find kind of relaxing. One of my favorite things about printable patterns is being able to print a new pattern for each size or variation, versus all the tracing and transferring you’d have to do with a standard commercial “all-in-one” pattern. So if a WhatTheCraft pattern is your first printable, have no fear!Read more…
When I was six years old, I won a giant pumpkin. The town I grew up in had an annual pumpkin carving contest, and one of the activities this particular year (1989) was to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin. My guess was off by about 4 ounces. Beginner’s luck!Read more…
I was a little nervous to jump into this pattern. I haven’t used a commercial pattern in over ten years, and the fabric I had my heart set on was a rayon challis, which doesn’t have a reputation for being super easy to work with. It’s very fluid and tends to shift all over the place when cutting and sewing.
But I did it anyway, and I’m happy to report that both the pattern and the fabric were less daunting than I expected.
Or more accurately, where have I been?
It’s been kind of a doozy of a year, honestly.
First, I had surgery earlier this year to remove a cantaloupe-sized cyst from my ovary. It was actually — shockingly — not as traumatic as it sounds.
Learn how to thread a serger the “cheater” way!
Discover the secret to hiding your thread tails!
Unlock countless mysteries of the sewing universe!Read more…