Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sew-Along #9 - Field Trip Pants + Tee - Preparations

The Field Trip Cargo Pants + Raglan Tee by Oliver+S

Before we begin the sew-along tomorrow, November 15th, you will want to gather some items and do a few things to prepare.

Items to Collect
  1. If you have not purchased the pattern yet, please do so ASAP.  You may purchase it from our shoppe by clicking here.
  2. If you do not have fabric for the project you will want to purchase that ASAP also.  At the time of this writing we do have a some fabric kits available.  We also have lots of fun fabric selections on our website.  If you look at our kits you will be able to see a list of fabrics required for each of the sizes and can put together your own kit if desired.
  3. You will also need coordinating thread to complete this project.  The project kits did not come with thread, so please make sure you have some. 
  4. If you did not purchase a project kit from us you will need to have about 1 yard of ¾" wide elastic.

  5. You will want a chop stick or some sort of turning tool and a safety pin.
  6. You will want some sort of fabric marking instrument.  You can use chalk, a marking pencil, washable fabric pen; even a bar of soap will work. 
  7. A slide rule will also be helpful.
  8. And finally, you will need pins, a sewing machine, a good iron (a steam iron is preferable for sewing), and a pair of fabric shears.  

Optional Items to Collect - The following items are totally optional. 

  1. Freezer paper to trace the pattern and cut out your fabric pieces.  You can find this at most grocery stores with the wax paper and aluminum foil.  Freezer paper is very helpful when it comes to cutting out knits whose edges tend to roll.
  2. A sharpie or other permanent marker for tracing your pattern pieces onto the freezer paper.  I recommend a black sharpie as the colored ones, though more fun, can tend to iron onto your fabrics.  Ack!  Had that happen recently and I was so sad.
  3. You may want buttons or snaps to finish off the cargo pants pockets.  Suzanne will be going over this with you.  You can also add a button to the waistband to create a faux button closure.

Things to Do
  1. Make sure to prewash and preshrink all of your fabrics.  I wash my fabrics on warm/hot and then I dry my fabrics in the dryer with no softeners.  I always preshrink this way when I am using fabric for clothing construction.  I would hate to work hard on something only to have it shrink and not fit when I was done.
  2. Press your fabrics well.  I try to do this straight out of the dryer so that the wrinkles come out easier.  
  3. If you haven't already, join our Facebook Sew-Along Group so you can post your progress pictures and be entered for a chance to win one of the fabulous gift certificates listed below!

We will be giving away a total of 6 prizes, one for each lesson, during the sew-along.  Each participant will have the opportunity to submit a picture of their finished assignments on our Facebook Group. We will draw one name for each assignment out of the pictures turned in on time.  The winner of each drawing will receive their choice of either the Oliver+S Bedtime Story Pajamas PDF pattern (our next sew-along project) or a $10 gift certificate to our website.

Happy Sewing,
Danielle Storm

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