Friday, December 11, 2015

Sew-Along #30 - Sleepy Bear PJs - Preparations

The Sleepy Bear PJs by Ellie Inspired

Items to Collect 
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  1. You must have the Sleepy Bear PJ pattern to be able to take part in this sew-along.  If you have not yet purchased this, please do so here. This pattern is an instant download and you will have access to download it as soon as your purchase is completed.
  2. If you do not have fabric for the project you will want to purchase some.  At the time of this writing we have have lots of fabric kits available.  We also have lots of nice fabric selections on our website.

    Note: We greatly appreciate your purchase of patterns and kits from us.  These purchases help pay for the sew-alongs and allow us to continue to offer them, along with the great prizes we give away. Thank you for your support!
  3. The PJ pants require 3/4" wide elastic. Our Sleepy Bear fabric kits all come with elastic. If you are not purchasing a kit from us, please make sure you have some on hand.
  4. You will want a stretch (or ball point) twin needle for sewing your PJ top. You can find one at most stores that sell sewing supplies or on Amazon.
  5. Sharon will be teaching how to lengthen the sleeves for this pattern. If you choose to do this step you will want some printer paper, freezer paper (see below), or tissue paper, etc for this.
  6. And finally, you will need pins, a sewing machine, a good iron (a steam iron is preferable for sewing), a pair of fabric shears or a rotary cutter and mat, a quilting ruler, and a fabric marker/pen or chalk

Optional Items to Collect - The following items are totally optional. 
  1. I like to trace out all my pattern pieces on freezer paper.  We will not be teaching this step, but you can read more about it hereFeezer paper can be bought at most grocery stores (by the wax paper and aluminum foil) or on Amazon.

Things to Do
  1. Make sure to prewash and preshrink all of your fabrics. I wash my fabrics on warm or hot and then I dry my fabrics in the dryer with no softeners. I always preshrink in 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 all of your fabrics well.  I try to do this straight out of the dryer so that the wrinkles come out easier.  
  3. Make sure to download the pattern PDF onto your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Your pattern will be located in your order history on our site.  Log into your account, then click on the My Account at the very top right hand side of our site.  You will then see a list of your orders.  Click on the correct order and a download link will be available.  
  4. Please make sure to have printed your pattern pieces and taped them together before lesson 1.  We have not included this part in the lesson. 
  5. Don't forget to join our Whimsical Fabric & Me Group so you can post your progress pictures.
Happy Sewing,
Danielle Storm  

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