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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    Hi ladies, just wondering if any of you are self taught, and how you went about learning? I would love to give it a go. It seems like it would be quite therapeutic, and I am dying to get creative again!
    I did sewing in high school over 10 years ago lol I just did a one term course at spotlight to relearn the basics and then bought a load of PDF patterns to practise with (I can't understand the paper patterns at all so I'm PDF all the way lol). So far I've mainly used boo designs, Violette field thread designs, and create kids couture with a few others thrown in if I find a particular pattern I like! I bought my first machine on special at spotlight (cheapy Elna 1000) and then bought myself a janome dc2150 when I was doing a bit more. It really is a case of just getting a pattern and some cheap fabric and giving it a go! 'The Australian sewing advice and inspiration' group on fb is really awesome as well for ideas and support :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Just wondering how long it takes you ladies to sew these Beautiful outfits? I am making ds some shorts. So far I would have spent 6h approx and it's still not done. Have at least another 45min I think. Sewing requires so much patience!
    A long time lol I've only been properly sewing for about 6/7 months so it takes me a long time to finish anything. Plus DD means I can only sew for about 30mins-1hr at a time which makes projects take even longer. Usually I can get through a few things in a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    Hi ladies, just wondering if any of you are self taught, and how you went about learning? I would love to give it a go. It seems like it would be quite therapeutic, and I am dying to get creative again!
    I did a community college course which was about 10 lessons 2h each. It wasn't a very structure course, more bring a pattern and your machine and the instructor helped you out as you went.
    Many years later I finished 1 semester at tafe. That course was so great, we were taught basic pattern making and sewing. The sewing was on the industrial machines and using the techniques they use in industry. Unfortunately I didn't get to finish and now have forgotten a lot of the stuff I learnt.
    Am getting back into it now and going back to using purchased patterns because I am not very good with construction yet. Once I get better I want to make my own patterns.
    I really enjoy sewing. Not so much the cutting and tracing patterns. I also prefer the pdf downloads bc I am lazy to trace. I found a good tip on a sewing blog. If you have the pdf download, use a guillotine to cut off the top and left border, then glue the pieces together instead of sticky tape. I found that so much quicker !

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    It's almost 11pm and I have just finished making this dress for dd. It has taken me at least 10h total to make! !!
    The pattern instructions weren't great and I ended up googling how to sew an exposed zipper. Looks ok on the outside but bit messy on the inside and now my machine is playing up and skipping stitches!
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    Also would have preferred a red zipper but I didn't have one so green it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    It's almost 11pm and I have just finished making this dress for dd. It has taken me at least 10h total to make! !!
    The pattern instructions weren't great and I ended up googling how to sew an exposed zipper. Looks ok on the outside but bit messy on the inside and now my machine is playing up and skipping stitches!
    Love the dress and love the fabric; I made my niece a pair of shorts in that 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Love the dress and love the fabric; I made my niece a pair of shorts in that 😊
    We were looking for star wars fabric for ds when dd saw this fabric and loved it. So did I !!
    I always end up spending too.much at spotlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    We were looking for star wars fabric for ds when dd saw this fabric and loved it. So did I !!
    I always end up spending too.much at spotlight.
    You're not alone in that! Last time they had a sale, I went in to buy fabric for a dress for my daughter (she's only size 4 so that's not a lot of fabric) and matching cotton. I walked out $170 poorer 😳

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    I'm excited for maternity leave as I'll be able to get some sewing in!!

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    I have soooooo much fabric that's not being used


 

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