Notions and Tools
Our pattern calls for the usual notions and tools: main fabric, bias tape (made or bought), thread, pins, pattern weights, shears and marking tool. Personally, I don't use weights much, cause I don't have a rotary cutter yet; I just pin the pattern to the fabric. But if I do, I just use cans of food, hey why pay for weights when you have stuff around the house that works!
Here's a few basic sewing tools that I consider necessary. I highly suggest having all these at the very least...
shears: dress makers and pinking
marking tools: fabric pen and chalk pencil
measuring tools: clear ruler, seam gauge, measuring tape
and of course the seam ripper!
Before you start cutting and sewing, you need to pre-treat your fabric-basically wash and dry it. The advice I've always found is treat it how you will a treat it after it's sewn. If you plan to wash and dry a particular way, do it like that. If you plan to dry clean, then you can skip the wash/dry phase and dry clean it after wearing it.
I can't stress how important this is. Cause it sucks big time if it shrinks after all the time (and money!) you spent making it.
I've got mine all ready to go...
In the "Snippets" from the Colette Blog (can you tell I love that company?), the owner suggested getting everything ready before you sit down at your machine. It was like a lightbulb going off to me, haha. Like running out of bobbin thread cause I was too lazy to wind a second bobbin, or not making my bias tape before starting to sew. It just slows your roll and breaks the concentration.
So we'll have all our tools handy, fabric pre-treated, and bobbins wound. And beverage of choice obviously (just keep it away from the fabric, ha).
I found that the Sorbetto takes about 1 1/2 bobbins, got them wound up and ready to go, too!
So, who else has bought their fabric?? Send me pictures and I'll post them-getting excited to see what everyone has chosen!
EDIT Pins and Hand Needles! How could I forget?? These are of course part of the basic toolkit!