We hope you have learned lots, are proud of your competed projects and enjoyed our baking!!
Now is a good time to think about some projects that you can try on your own. Hopefully you now have access to a sewing machine and are ready to gain some independent sewing experience.We can not stress enough - the more you sew, the better you will get. Be brave - try anything that takes your fancy - even if your project is not "a success" you will have added to your skills and sewing experience. Look for cheap sources of fabric (friends' stashes, garage sales, op shops or upcycled old clothes) so you don't have to worry about spending lots of money while you are still building your skills.
We are all very lucky to live at a time when people are generous with their skills and are happy to share them with us through the internet. So here are some project ideas that we believe are currently well matched with your skills.
The Lazy days skirt from Oliver and S - a simple elastic waist skirt with a ribbon trim on the hem
The Pop Over sundress from Oliver and S - an A-line sundress that features a contrast yoke with bias ties at the shoulder.
The Circle skirt tutorial by Dana from Made. In a light drapey fabric you could even use this tutorial to make your own circle skirt.
Our tutorial for the Lolly Pop skirt is also fun and completely achievable
And a different take on an elastic waist skirt is our faux placket skirt
There are many great tutorials that will show you how to embellish a basic pair of elastic waist pants - add some pockets, make them so they have a flat front, or add some cargo pockets and tabs to keep them rolled up.
Purses and Bags
Our tutorial for a flat bottomed zipper purse combines the skills you learned to make your purse and the tote bag.
We also have tutorials to make a zipper purse with pockets in the lining and although a little late for Easter this year we have a very cute bunny purse tutorial too.
A zipper purse with a ruffle? You will find a tutorial for that at noodlehead.
And this tutorial from In Color Order will show you such a simple way to make a lined draw string bag.
Although not free this pattern for the miette wrap skirt has been getting great reviews. We have not sewn it ourselves but it looks fantastic and the downloadable PDF pattern will be supported by a collection of online tutorials designed for beginners on the Tilly and the Buttons website
We will continue to add to this list when we see appropriate projects pop up on the internet. Most of the blogs mentioned in the lists abpve have tutorial pages with a huge variety of projects you can also try.
If there is a specific project you would like to try, let us know in the comments and we can point you in the direction of a tutorial that will help you on your way.
We have loved having you in our classes.
Good luck, stay in touch and keep sewing!!