Lori was one of the first machine renters at Patch.  She was a total novice but obviously a natural and her occasional frustrated curse word didn’t bother us one bit 🙂  It seems right that she is our first featured sewer, so please enjoy, and if you see her on the street wearing her tunic, say hi.             IMG_20140820_222137

Who: Lori 
What: The Wiksten Tova Tunic
What inspired you to choose this project?: 
Two things: 
1. I saw the sample in the shop and loved it. The pattern is a versatile wardrobe basic and I’ve been wearing it constantly.
2. Simply a desire to make. As an obsessive maker of things I have always aspired to take up sewing and having a supportive space to learn was the encouragement I needed. 
What did you learn that will help you with future projects:
Being a beginner, I learned too many things to list but some of the highlights are: 
1. Double check that all necessary pattern markings and notches are transferred to your fabric before beginning. Notches can be tricky to cut into all layers of the cloth.
2. Always have a seam ripper at the ready 😉 Taking the time to pull out mistakes is worth it. 
3. Gathering isn’t quite as difficult as it looks. 
4. Take your time and read the pattern carefully. Understanding the garment assembly at the outset makes things much easier. 
5. When in doubt, ask Christina.