Beginner | 2 hours
Taught by Rae Hoekstra
Tracing and making is a great way to learn about clothing construction. In this final part, Rae shows you how to trace a favorite t-shirt and pair of leggings to create your own patterns, which you can use to construct custom garments. You will also learn all about working with knit fabrics—a staple fabric for kids. This class rounds out the wardrobe nicely, teaching you more skills like working with shoulders and sleeves and how to add a double-fold neckline.
 
Learn how to:
  • Work with knit fabrics
  • Select a tee and leggings to trace
  • Trace tee and leggings for pattern
  • Create a pattern on Swedish tracing paper
  • Construct a tee-shirt shoulder seam, sleeve seam and double-fold neckline
  • Add tags to tee and leggings
  • Insert elastic waistband in leggings

Chapters
Trace and Make T-Shirt and Leggings
00:39
01:46
Tracing and Making T-Shirt
06:39
18:37
17:24
Tracing and Making Leggings
09:01
11:01
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • A basic tee and leggings to trace
  • Large paper for tracing (newsprint or butcher paper, large enough to fit entire garment)
  • 18” x 2” clear quilter’s ruler
  • Pins
  • Two pencils
  • Rubber band
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Masking tape or washi tape
  • Swedish tracing paper or non-fusible Pellon 830
  • Sewing machine with universal or ballpoint needle
  • 100% Polyester thread in a matching color
  • Sewing shears
  • Paper scissors
  • Snips
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Wonder Clips (optional)
  • For the tee:
  • Use a medium-weight knit (jersey or interlock are recommended) with about 30%-50% stretch (not super stretchy, not un-stretchy). You will need ½ yard for size 2 and under; 1 yard for larger sizes
  • 2” piece of ribbon for tag in back
  • For the leggings:
  • Choose a fabric that is similar to the leggings you are tracing (medium weight, 30%-50% stretch jersey or interlock is recommended). You will need 2/3 yard for size 2 and under; 1 yard for larger sizes
  • 1”-wide elastic for waistband (less than 1 yard total)
  • 2” piece of ribbon for tag in back
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    Sewing for Little Ones
    Part 1:
    Sewing for Little Ones: Beginner Pants
    Rae Hoekstra
    Begin your foray into sewing for little ones with Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern, which comes in three sizes (0, 2, and 3). Rae shows you how to work with multi-sized patterns and covers tricky techniques like sewing curves and adding an elastic waistband. This pattern is practical and simple, giving you the satisfaction of seeing an entire garment come together in just a couple of hours. Start building your basic garment construction skills with this class.
     
    Part 2:
    Sewing for Little Ones: Beginner Dress
    Rae Hoekstra
    Now that you’ve made your first pair of children’s pants, it’s time to build on those skills with the Flutter-Tie Dress. Rae covers slightly more advanced techniques in this class, including a bodice lining, a gathered skirt, and topstitching detail. Since there are no complicated closures, this is an ideal no-fuss dress pattern. Once you have made it, you will be ready to tackle all sorts of garment construction.
     

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    Part 3:
    Sewing for Little Ones: Trace and Make T-Shirt and Leggings
    Rae Hoekstra
    Tracing and making is a great way to learn about clothing construction. In this final part, Rae shows you how to trace a favorite t-shirt and pair of leggings to create your own patterns, which you can use to construct custom garments. You will also learn all about working with knit fabrics—a staple fabric for kids. This class rounds out the wardrobe nicely, teaching you more skills like working with shoulders and sleeves and how to add a double-fold neckline.
     
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