Before I start my oh-so-insightful "how to make a pattern" tutorial, I just want to vent...just one teensie weensie sec...
So the first week of competition is done. It did NOT go well. Not because I didn't win...I mean I am sure that wouldn't of hurt, but you can't always win everything...and if you do then well I wish I was you.
So it didn't go well, because there were some people who forgot their manners. It is never good to forget your manners.
In comments on the polling system, I (along with some of the other FABULOUS ladies) was accused of not being creative, being a "theme pretender", and the real kick to the gut...I was accused of not bringing my A game and doing something that didn't require any effort.
I am not making this stuff up...yes there are people out there who actually said those things. I know right, who died and made them the blogging equivalent of Simon Cowell??
So I just want to say, yup it hurt. Yup I cried. AND you know what...YUP they were wrong.
I loved my Smartigan while I was making it (which took me the whole week...no effort my rump). I loved it when I put it on my handsome little man. I loved it during my super sweet photo sessions (yup I bought those fake glasses just for this...hehehe). I loved it when others didn't. I still LOVE it!
THANK YOU to all those who let me know you loved it. Thanks for all the votes. Thank you to Heidi at Made by Heidi (a seriously cute blog) she has been so encouraging about all of our projects.
Oh and I also promise that even if I have a repeat week of project under-appreciation, I will not go all letter to the editor again.
Whew I feel better, thank you for being my therapists...check is in the mail.
OKAY on with it already--
HOW TO MAKE A PATTERN
Before I could actually make my Smartigan...okay I will just call it a cardigan from now on...I had to make a pattern. The easiest way to make a pattern is to use an item of your child's clothing you already have.
For this I used a long sleeve t-shirt.
You will also need some super ugly fabric or an ugly curtain to make draw your pattern onto.
Cut the shirt apart. Starting with the sleeves.
Trace the t-shirt, one section at a time onto pattern fabric.
I started first with the back piece. Fold shirt in half so back of the t-shirt is facing out.
Trace on to fabric.
Make sure to label each piece. In this instance, I also indicated where the fold would be.
Next I did the front. Fold in half again, with front facing out.
For the cardigan front, you need that angled edge. Decide how angled, how long you want your angle, etc.
Cut that section away from the t-shirt.
Trace right front piece.
Flip over and trace left front piece
Cut open sleeve. Trace sleeve onto fabric.
Cut out all of your pieces.
Now you have a nice pile of pattern pieces all excited and ready to...
make one of these for the handsome little smartypants in your life.
Oh hey so you know that little contest I just barely mentioned above...
Pepto is in reach for my project is posted and ready to hopefully be voted for.
I know for some of you it was obvious which project was mine last week. I am not sure it will be as obvious this week. I will be excited to see what your guess is. Have fun voting.
TOMORROW- the rest of The Smartigan tutorial.
Also linking up these fabulous sites:
Something I whipped up Mondays- The Girl Creative