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Paula Pattern – Day 1

May 5, 2008


This is day 1 of our Farbenmix Paula pattern sew-a-long.  I’m going to take it slowly all week.  If you do not have your pattern, yet, you will have chances to catch up to what the rest of us are doing.  You can purchase a Paula pattern online.  There are many places to do so.  Here are a couple that I have purchased from before:

Banberry Place

Fabric Hound

This pattern is also available for sale at many ebay and etsy shops.  Just search the net…Farbenmix patterns are not that hard to find.

I will also be using Bell Bottoms fabric by Jennifer Paganelli.  If you would like to purchase this fabric, you may do so by going to JCaroline or Sew Mama Sew.  It is also available at many local fabric stores.  You do not have to use this particular fabric.  It is 100% cotton quilting weight fabric.  I recommend using this type of fabric for your first attempt at this pattern.  It is one of the easiest types of fabric to sew. 

Farbenmix makes great Euro patterns for children.  They have a very stylish and trendy flair.  Most of their patterns are easy to make, but sometimes things get lost in the translations.  Their website does have many sewing guides.  Some are in English, but some have not been translated yet.  The Paula sewing guide is still in German, and there are not that many pictures.  I’m going to help take you through this pattern step by step so that we can have a successful outcome.  It really is a simple pattern if you don’t over think it. 

Now, let’s begin:

Day 1

Since Farbenmix is a European company, the pattern is in the Euro-style.  This means that you will have to trace the pattern and add a seam allowance.  I have found one of the easiest, cheapest things to use is white tissue paper.  I buy one of those big packs at Target and it lasts a good while. 

Make sure your pattern is flat to ensure that you are tracing correctly.  I used objects to hold the tissue paper in place so that it does not slide while I’m tracing.  You could also use tape.  You would just have to pick a method that you like best.

I’m following the American size 1/2 (Euro Size 86/92).  This is what I will be showing you throughout this sewing guide.  If you are making a larger size, your pieces will be larger.  There may be other slight alterations.

First, I lay the paper over the flattened out Farbenmix pattern.  Then, I trace each piece to the tissue paper using a pencil or ball point pen.  Make sure you transfer all of the markings to your tissue pattern.  You will  want to know what pattern piece it is.  Also, make sure you write the name of the pattern on the piece.  You don’t want to get different patterns mixed when you store them and not be able to tell them apart later. (***Note: Trace the pieces carefully.  These pieces can be confusing when looking at the large pattern that you have purchased.  Make sure you are following the proper size line for the proper piece.  There is no easy way to do this…just be careful.)

After you have traced all of the pieces, you will need to add a seam allowance.  Read the pattern for which pieces already have a seam allowance added.  The Paula pattern has already added a seam allowance to the waistband or piece number 9. All other pieces will need a seam allowance.  A seam allowance is the fabric that will need to be added so that you can sew the pieces together without losing the size of the garment.  I will be adding a seam allowance of 3/8 of an inch to all pieces.  When we start to sew, you will need to remember that number.


Photo courtesty of dritz.comI use my sewing gauge by Dritz, pictured at the left.  I slide the blue part to 3/8 of an inch.  Then, I follow the pattern that I’ve already drawn while drawing a new line using the ruler.  After you have added a seam allowance to all of you pattern pieces, you will then cut them all out.  (***Note:  Again, make sure all of your pattern pieces are properly marked.)

Getting your pattern ready takes some time.  I usually trace my pattern one day, add the seam allowance the next day, and cut the fabric on the third day. 

We will cut our fabric tomorrow.  This completes Day One.  Stop in tomorrow for Day 2.  Make sure that you have washed, dried, and ironed your fabric.  I like to spray mine with sizing before ironing.  It takes it back to that fresh bought feel.


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