Before I get into this post, I just want to clarify something. My last two posts about this project were written and worked on 2-3 weeks ago. They have been sitting in my rough draft folder waiting for me to figure out what to do. So I have been mulling over my next course of action for that long. I don’t want you to think that I am that good and got over and on with this project in less than 24 hours.
Now that you know I have mulled this over for a few weeks I had some clarity. The big one was that I got so caught up in the project itself and got hyper focused on the end result of the project forgetting the true purpose of the assignment. Once I refocused on the purpose, which was trying different avenues to learn the project, the light began to flicker. My brain also messed with me and for some reason, I was convinced that turning to Youtube was some how cheating. We will just attribute that flawed thinking to life circumstances colliding head on with school this semester and the end result a brain fart(maybe I shouldn’t write that).
With my new focus, and now under the gun to get a couple more posts in before midnight today, I turned to youtube. I found some really helpful ones. The first one was on how to use my seam gauge. This handy little gadget found here and how to use it here. Problem one solved.
My next and biggest issue was prepping the pieces. The issue surrounding the pieces was how big to create the seam allowance(the part that is turned under in sewing, to prevent fraying) and how to measure it. There has been some discrepancy between the seam allowance being 1/8 in and 1/4 in. In this video, that I found the most helpful, she uses a 1/4 in, so that is what I am going to use as well. The next issue was to create that seam allowance as close to 1/4 in as possible. All the videos and blogs I have used have told me to eyeball. We have seen what a disaster that is here. I will measure the 1/4 in straight on to the fabric before I cut the pattern out. I did a brief video to make it a little clearer check it out. I have a piece to work with and show you the next step. Stay Tuned.