First off, a huge thanks goes to those of you who were interested in participating in this! I thought I would kick it off with some really great resources for you to get started with. I formed a flickr group for us where we can post pictures of what we are working on. I have also put the link at the top of the right column so you can get there easily.
I know I have gone on, maybe a little too often about how amazing the Sew U books are, especially for beginners (I should add quickly that I have no affiliation with her whatsoever, I just think she is that good!). Again, If you have not gotten a chance to take a look at them, they are definitely worth it. If you are worried about money, try your local library. I found both of the books at mine.
If you are thinking about doing some knitting or crocheting for your summer wardrobe, I recommend that you get an account with Ravelry. It is completely free, and they have quite a few free patterns that you can try out. Another nice aspect to this site is you can read reviews written by others who have attempted patterns so you can find out how easy/hard different patterns are, and get some recommendations on what kind of yarn to use. When you get to the Ravelry site, they will ask for your information and will send you an invitation to join. I got my invitation in about a week.
Sometimes it is nice to see what other people think about sewing patterns as well. Craftster has a huge forum of reviews for different patterns. If you can’t find the one you are looking for, it may just be easier to type in “the pattern name reviews” and see what you come up with.
Free Sewing Patterns:
For fabric, I usually go to a local store because I like to see the fabric in person before I purchase it. However, I have bought fabric a couple times from Purl Soho and Super Buzzyand I liked what I got. They both have some great selections of designer fabrics, and I love Super Buzzy’s selection of Japanese prints. Both of these stores can be a bit more expensive than your fabric mart, usually because the fabrics are either of better quality, or a designer name. Another good place to check out is eBay. I have found so really great deals there, both on fabric and sewing/knitting supplies.
Finally, I thought I would share with you the first accessory I plan to make…the Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae. This cute bag has been popping up all over the internet, and I love it! Oh, and did I mention it is a free pattern!?