Thursday, June 30, 2011

Understanding Patterns

By Beth of Elizabeth Brennick Designs

We all had a blast and learned a lot this past weekend at my Boston Handmade sewing workshop. I had the ladies pick any pattern they want and went through how to read it, purchase the materials you need to make the project, and then sew it all together. Projects ranged from a tote bag, kids pants, a dress, and adding zippers to bags.

It's really difficult to read a pattern and understand the language. The notions section is where they list things like zippers, bias tape, interface, snaps, etc.. If you're sewing for the first time you may have no clue what some of these items are. In addition materials like interface come in a bunch of differnet types so it can be tough to know which one is right for your project. I hope I helped especially in these areas. If anyone ever has any questions you can always contact me for help!

Even if this isn't something you can see yourself having as a small business just having the skills I think is so very important. When you can make home decorations instead of going to a store and buying them, making gifts for family and friends, or even making your own clothing is so self satisfying.

Thank you ladies for taking my class. It was so much fun not only teaching you but also hanging out is always a blast here at Boston Handmade. Thank you Annissa Essaibi George of The Stitch House for letting us have this workshop. She has a wonderful store filled with goodies and if you are in the area or want to take a trip I highly recommend you visiting the Stitch House. A huge thank you to Kerry Hawkins of Kerry Hawkins Photography for taking all of these photos for me.


  1. Thank you so much for this workshop Beth! It was great sewing with everyone, and my son looks super cute in his tiny pants :)

  2. this was so much fun! thanks beth! and the stitch house!

  3. This was a great class! I had fun hanging out and teaching you all.

  4. Thanks Beth --- I learned a thing or two!


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