Cheap Seamstress Part 2 (More Cheap Tricks)

This is a continuation from my first Cheap Seamstress post.  If you have any money saving sewing tips you love, please leave a comment!

Research and Compile

Blogs, Pinterest, and YouTube can provide you a free online sewing education.  For every technique, there are at least 3 or 4 tutorials online that can walk you through it.  I have an entire Pinterest board of “Free Sewing Instructables” full of the tutorials and free patterns that I found online.  I also have “Sewing Inspiration” and “Costumes” boards for future projects.

Ruffle1 Ruffle2

The Facts (Ruffle My Petticoat Skirt)

Difficulty Easy
Completed February 2012
Pattern Petticoat Tutorial
Fabric Two colors of muslin
Notions 1″ elastic band
Total cost $5
Lesson learned None

Know Your Return Policies

Save time and gas money by familiarizing yourself with the return policy of your local fabric stores.  Yes, you can return cut fabric as some locations but try not to abuse it.  Tip: return your unused supplies after you finish your project.  You would think this is obvious, but you don’t realize how important this is until you find yourself running out of thread at 2am.

Embrace mailing lists

Weekly circulars in the mail or website for chain craft stores, like Jo-Ann Fabrics, will keep your aware of any coming sales.  The email they send will not only tell you about what’s available but will also contain valuable coupons that could be as high as 20% off your entire purchase.  Use them when you need them, but remember there will be another one in a few weeks.

Finally, never pay full price for a pattern from the 4 major brands (Simplicity, Butterick, McCall’s, and Vogue). The big stores will eventually have these brands on sale with a steep discount (99 cents for the first three and $3.99 for Vogue).

Make friends

Friends who sew are awesome.  I can’t say that enough.  They are a wealth of information and encouragement.  And, every once in a while, you can swap fabric and clothes with them to refresh your stash.  What might be scraps for one person, might turn into a skirt for someone else.  🙂

Airplane1 Airplane2

The Facts (Day at the Airshow Skirt)

Difficulty Intermediate
Completed May 2012
Pattern Burda Young 8118 plus BurdaStyle Obi Apron Belt
Fabric Airplane quilting fabric and red linen acquired from a friend who was cleaning out her stash

White muslin for a lining

Notions 12” red zipper
Total cost $3
Lesson learned How to line a pleated skirt
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