Holiday Sewing Time

It’s that time of year!

Make your family stockings using Garment Designer’s Holiday Collection Add-on, or the Stand-alone version of the software.

Time to think about making some new holiday decorations. Did you know that we here at Cochenille have a Holiday plug-in to Garment Designer? It is also available as a stand-alone program, meaning you do not need to own Garment Designer to run it. There are stockings (for people and animals), a bottle bag, various carriers for food, a tree skirt, and more.

I recently made holiday stockings for my son and his family. I chose the Stiletto shoe style for my daughter-in-law, an elf one for my granddaughter, and a standard stocking style for my son. I chose to use lightweight interior fabrics, in a somewhat darkened holiday palette.

Here you can see the stiletto pattern in Garment Designer.

The Stiletto pattern for a holiday stocking.

And here are the pattern pieces for all of the stockings. I spliced some of the patterns to allow me to have more fabrications involved.

My assortment of pattern pieces for holiday stockings using Garment Designer software.

These next few images will show you how I mixed and matched the fabrics within a given stocking.

The elf-style stocking, this one for my granddaughter.
Garment Designer’s Standard stocking, and look how you can dress it up!
The base of the stiletto stocking.

Then… on to the trims!

Lots of options for trims.

And I cut letters out of craft felt for the names.

Customizing the stockings with names.

Now… they hang every Christmas and My granddaughter can’t wait to see what’s in hers on Christmas morning.

Hanging in place, every year now.

and if you like, there are options for your dog or cat… Here is the Bone stocking pattern.

Make a stocking for the doggie in your world.

View our Holiday Collection video here: https://youtu.be/rmwZnaqMAqk

Garment Designer: Did you know? – Part 2

Garment Designer: Did you know? – Part 2

Garment Designer: Did you know? – Part 2


Garment Designer: Did you know? – Part 2  is a continuation of “Garment Designer, Did you Know Part 1” It presents a list of things about Garment Designer that many people don’t always know. Test your knowledge and increase your awareness about using the software.

For those who have not yet attended, a webinar is a 60 to 70 minute online class to include Lecture, Question & Answer and PDF Handouts for personal use. This is a live class and cannot be viewed later if purchased.

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Garment Designer: Did you know? Part 1

Garment Designer: Did you know? Part 1

Garment Designer: Did you know?  Part 1 

‘Garment Designer: Did you know? Part 1’ is the 1st part of two webinars. It presents a list of things about Garment Designer that many people don’t always know. Test your knowledge and increase your awareness about using the software.

For those who have not yet attended, a webinar is a 60 to 70 minute online class to include Lecture, Question & Answer and PDF Handouts for personal use. This is a live class and cannot be viewed later if purchased.

Webinars need a minimum of three participants to host. If we do not meet this minimum the webinar will be cancelled two days prior, so be sure to register early.

After registration, we will contact you with the meeting information.

Webinar hosted in Pacific Time

Basket Case: The Play-it-safe Case for Your Picnic Plates!

Patterning Using Garment Designer:

Accessory Challenge

This month’s Design Challenge is piggybacking off my last blog post about Fanny Packs. I had so much fun trying to create a new pattern using an existing Style Set that I thought other people would like to give it a try as well. Transforming the Flared Skirt Style Set into the Fanny Pack Pattern was a refreshing project to get me thinking outside of the box on what Garment Designer can do for me.

Challenge yourself with this fun project and try to think of a simple accessory you would like to make, then create it using Garment Designer! Make a purse, clutch, laptop case, etc. using a Garment Designer Style Set.

Summer is here! So for my next Style Set prest-o chang-o project I thought I would pattern this handy and dandy picnic plate case that Susan picked up during her travels to Italy:

After taking some measurements I drew out a schematic.

You can also download this and print it as a reference. The .PDF does not have any seam allowances added.

Picnic Basket CDS.pdf

Now that I had my schematic, I had to shop for a Style Set to suit my needs.

  • I knew I didn’t want to be fussing with curves so I wanted all straight lines in the style set.
  • I also knew I was going to pattern this as cut on the fold because a) I don’t like wasting paper b) it is a symmetrical pattern so I could.

Looking at half of my pattern, I counted how many points I would need for the pattern:

I picked the menu options that would give me straight lines: Top with a V-Neck and a Sleeve Cap.

I clicked once on the inside of the pattern to highlight my points, counted 6 (not including my center front) and I was good to go!

From here it was just a matter of moving the 6 points around until I was able to recreate my schematic.

You can see my center front is now the ‘cut on fold’ of my project.

I made a pattern for my handles by going to Extras > Shape 1 then adjusting the measurements.

*Note about the Extras menu: The titles for the Extras options will display as greyed out, simply select the desired option below the titles to add a extra.

Here is my Garment Designer pattern for any users that would like to take a look:

Picnic Plate Carrier.gds

I printed out the .PDF and taped it together for reference.

The easiest way to make this would be out of 4-5mm thick felt like the original. However, finding a felt the width of the pattern in that thickness would have made this pricier than I would have liked.

I chose instead to use a thick chenille dot fabric and batting to pad the case. I did not have fusible batting available to me at the time, so I used regular batting and sandwiched it between the layers.

I found four buttons to sew on for the closures and also used buttonhole thread to attach them.

As always, it is important to make sure you have any and all notches marked.

I marked the notches for my handles about 3″ apart.

I also made sure to mark all four of my ‘snip’ lines as shown in the .PDF.

I will be be narrowly sewing around this line with a butthole stitch (.5 Stitch Length and width at 2 on my sewing machine) so that I can snip it and turn without any raw edges.

To make the handles, I cut 4 handle pieces and sewed them right sides together.

Then I turned them with my loop turner and sewed edge-stitched them together from the middle about 4 inches.

I pinned my handles at the notch marks and then sandwiched them between the right sides of my fabric.

I pinned my fabric right sides together with the batting touching the wrong side of the fabric.

I sewed around the edges leaving about a 4″ opening on one side so that I could turn it inside out. I also made sure to do a button stitch around the ‘snip’ lines as I went around.

Clipped and trimmed the corners before turning everything using the opening I left, then edge-stitched the perimeter to close.

Optonal: I had a box lying around so I cut a 12″ x 12″ piece, rolled it up slightly and stuck it inside before closing so that I had some stiffness at the bottom of the carrier.

Update: Cochenille User Diane had a very good suggestion(see comments below) to make this machine washable. She suggests using a piece of plastic canvas or a plastic report cover or notebook divider so that you can add stiffness to the pattern.

Then it was time to fold it on up!

I marked the 1.5″ mark that I had mapped out on my PDF for folding on all four corners, folded the corner down and started tacking through all the layers with my buttonhole thread. Then before I finished tacking, I added a button to cover up the tack mark.

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Fanny Pack Pattern Using Garment Designer

Patterning With Garment Designer: Fanny Pack

Hello Fellow Crafters!

My latest Garment Designer project (if you couldn’t tell from the title) is a fanny pack!

To me convenience never goes out of style and I will always love fanny packs. I can remember my first neon green fanny pack my mother bestowed upon me in the 90’s for airport travel…*sigh*

Isn’t carrying around a purse SO heavy and just always getting in the way swinging around willy nilly from your shoulder?! Why not try making a fanny pack? 😉

I needed to make a quick pattern and I wanted it to be big enough to fit cash/cards and a phone so I used my dress form to gauge how wide and tall it would be.

I also wanted it to match a western jean jumpsuit I had previously made out of the same fabric, so I made it V-Shaped and added piping to the bottom (still wishing it was fringe!)

The pattern is relatively simple with 1) outer portion of the pouch 1) back piece and 1) top piece (semi circular piece).

I made sure to interface everything and I am still wondering whether a cute lining was in order… but I was on a time-limit and a mission!

If you ever want to test your Garment Designer skills, making a shape from a style set is challenging but fun!

I went through the different skirts and tops to try to find a style I could make my fanny pack pattern shapes from easiest and the winner was the flared skirt pattern.

I chose this style since every point had a bezier curve I could use.

I had the front of the skirt pieces displayed as joined (mac keyboard shortcut: click inside the pattern to highlight all and type ‘j’) and the back skirt displayed as independent (click inside the pattern to highlight all and type ‘i’).

This way I could have all my pattern pieces displayed at once. The top of the pouch being the front of the skirt and the back and front of pouch being ‘cut on fold’ as the back pieces.

To do this I turned front/back symmetry off (mac keyboard shortcut cmd+6 to pull up symmetry options)

I made the top of my pouch pattern first by manipulating the points to my predetermined measurements.

Then I drafted the very back of my fanny pack pattern. Mind you I still had left/right symmetry on so they were symmetrical…but I forgot to take a picture, sorry!

Next I knew I had to match the front pouch pattern top to the measurements of the curved part of the top of the pouch (highlighted in pink below) but I needed to keep the seams highlighted in red the same measurement as much as I could.

Which is why I stretched the outermost point of my front pouch piece outwards first to match the semicircular top pouch piece (pink). Then adjusted the same point downwards and adjusted the curves to match the measurement of my back pouch pattern piece again (red).

Also, to do this without effecting the back piece, I needed to turn left/right symmetry off by just disabling symmetry altogether… Did you know you can do this by just clicking on the green ‘S’ at the bottom left of your window? See how it is not highlighted anymore? You can also double click it to bring up your symmetry options 😀and that was that! I made my adjustments and my pattern was complete.

The pattern has a 3/8 seam allowance, so I had to take off 1/2 to insert my exposed zipper onto my front pouch piece.

I sewed this to the top of the pouch, then the back piece(which I had already added piping to) to both sewn pieces and turned.

Then I added a couple 00 grommets, made a waist strap to attach to my hardware and it was complete!

 

 

 

 

 

Hands free is the way to be! I was happy to have a fanny pack instead of carrying around a purse, especially in a crowded venue.

If you are wondering where I learned the shortcuts I used for this project, take a gander into your Garment Designer folder. It will be within the Help Sheets folder and saves you so much time while working on a project. This is what that folder would look like on a Mac:

Just pick one or two shortcuts to focus on during a project and soon you will learn all your favorites!

I’ve included my fanny pack pattern in an 8.5 x 11 .pdf file below, enjoy!

Western Fanny Pack

Garment Designer File:

Fanny Pack.gds

 

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