Are you new to sewing with knits? Are you new to Euro-style sewing?
….do you know what Euro-style sewing is?
…and what in the heck is “Ottobre?”
First, the basics: Euro-style sewing patterns don’t have seam allowances. For those of us in the States, this can be intimidating. But actually….it’s quite a lovely way to sew patterns. Ottobre is a pattern magazine from Finland, published in many different languages.
Many friends in the Sewing with Knits group have been talking about sewing up an Ottobre pattern – lots of people subscribe, and many more use it for inspiration. So we’re going to get together and have a Sew-A-Long. Will you join us?
We’re using the latest Ottobre, 1/2014. Kathy, of Handmade Dress Haven, has selected a fabulous pattern for this sew-a-long. It’s Number 25: Funny Faces. If you have the magazine, you can see it on pages 13-14. The instructions are on page 31. You can buy it in the States from Wooly Thread!
Next Tuesday, Feb. 11, I’ll talk about how to read your pattern, as well as the sizing conversions from European sizes (shown in the magazine) to U.S. sizes, as well as conversions for how much fabric to purchase. (For a head’s up – this pattern is suitable for a size 2T to 10.)
On Thursday, Feb. 13, Kathy will teach you how to trace your pattern and what types of supplies to use for tracing.
On Thursday, Feb. 20, I’ll show you how to lay out and cut your pattern pieces.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26 we’ll talk about measuring the strip for your collar band, and will begin sewing your outfit.
During the week of March 2 we’ll complete the outfit and show off our fabulous work!
Will you be joining us? I hope so! Please share in comments about your experience with Euro-style sewing! I know you don’t want to miss a post, so please follow me on BlogLovin’ – just click the button in the right sidebar. Happy sewing! P.S. – If you haven’t sewn with knits before, please check out my free, downloadable tutorials.