My grandma gave me one of her old sergers a few years ago. I was terrified to use it because there are so many spools of string and it was just intimidating. I took it to a local sewing shop and had them clean it and service it; then I moved to Alaska and never used it. No kidding.
In December I discovered Patterns for Pirates on Facebook and spent an unhealthy amount of time thinking yeah, I could make that! I pulled out Grandma’s serger and bought a pattern. Putting the pattern together was super easy, the best part is that I can just print the parts I need and not waste too much paper. I also found two great knits at Joann fabrics to experiment with before ordering any fancy fabric. (Fancy meaning costs more than $6-$7 a yard.) My first attempt drove me crazy because I broke a thread…and proceeded to spend two hours searching for the instructions to rethread the machine. A frustrating day later I did get it threaded, tension adjusted properly, and stitching correctly. Hallelujah!! I ended up making a pretty comfortable cardigan. It isn’t perfect, but it is cozy and I realized it was pretty straightforward.
Now, I have found some of my “fancy” fabric, it’s actually Doctor Who themed fabric for my oldest. I also purchased some plain gray terry fabric from Boho Fabrics. That is my project for this week. Originally I was going to sew it this weekend, however, half of my family is sick. Instead it has been a weekend of soups, tea, oils, diffusing, and sleep. So, I’ll make it this week.
What are we making?! The relaxed raglan from Patterns for Pirates with add-ons. We are adding a crossover hood, kangaroo pocket and thumb holes. The body of the hoodie will be Doctor Who fabric while the sleeves and inner lining of the hood will be gray. TheRebel and I are pretty excited to see how it turns out. Check back here for results!