Hey my sewing friends, it’s Suzanne again! I’m back to give you a peek between the pages of the workbook (sewing pattern instructions) we created for the first sewing pattern in Workroom Social’s new Drape collection.
I am so, so super proud of our workbook design. I know many of you sew the same way I do: in short but focused spurts, stealing a few minutes in an otherwise busy day to work through a project one leg (literally!) at a time.
Jennifer and I drew upon these real-life experiences as modern multi-tasking home sewers to develop the instructions for Drape 1001 in a true “workbook” format. Every page reflects our commitment to making great sewing more accessible for today’s home sewers, from the top-level checklists to the large, multi-step illustrations. Truly, we have spent more time than you can imagine considering where mistakes are often made, and how to better organize information in a helpful way. I mean, we did that deep thinking by the studio woodstove, eating Trader Joe’s snacks and listening to ’90s hip hop, so it was fun and all. Still, we care. I just wanted you to know that.
For many home sewers, sewing a garment from start to finish in one sitting is impossible. That’s why we designed our instructions in a workbook format, including handy checklists for keeping you organized as you go, and useful checkboxes next to each step in the workbook, so you can easily keep track of where you are in the process. (I hate picking up a work-in-progress and struggling to remember where I left off!)
Before the bulk of the sewing instructions, we include a high-level checklist, which is handy for both new and experienced sewists. It gives you a quick overview of our recommended construction order, which you can check off as you complete.
What’s the seam allowance on…?
Raise your hand if you have ever sewn a garment to completion, then tried it on and discovered it didn’t fit properly because you used the wrong seam allowances? (Yeah, us too!). Obeying your seam allowances (or knowing what they are so you can change them) is imperative for proper construction and fit! That’s why we always tell you up front what seam allowances to use in every step of our workbook. We also point out which panels to use, and in what fabrics too. So you don’t need to pull out the whole project at once, instead keeping just the pieces you need now at hand.
Take it one step at a time
We chose construction methods for Drape 1001 that we think produce great results with the fabrics we recommend. And because some of those methods may be new to you, we break out every step in a way that makes each one bite-size and easily achievable with patience and practice.
We highlight each step with a headline/high level instruction, which we then break down into small, specifics steps, accompanied by corresponding illustrations.
We also highlight up front which fabric and pattern panels are used in each step, as well as the seam allowances—a helpful feature for advanced sewers who want to access the information they need without having to read every word.
Measurement charts with context
Our body size and finished garment measurements are laid out in a side-by-side chart that makes it easy for you to make fit decisions by comparing your measurements to the intended ease. Want to size up or down for a slightly different fit? Your call!
Everyone can use a cut list!
Our cut list keeps you organized as you prepare to sew; charts for each view indicate how many pieces and in what fabrics (including interfacing) to cut.
And in the pattern inventory, we lay out the pieces for Drape 1001 in the way that they will come together. We think giving you this context will help you understand how the blouse is made before you start.
Of course, there are many ways to construct a garment. So if you are a more experienced sewist, every Drape pattern comes with a blank checklist that you can fill in with your preferred construction order. You do you, girl.
It’s the little things that count
As I said in the beginning, we really care! So in the development of the Workroom Social sewing workbook, we added these small details that will improve the overall user experience for every sewer. We included checkboxes on the supplies and tools page, so you can use it as your shopping list; there is room to make notes on almost every page of our workbook; and we bolded all glossary words so you can easily flip to find more info at any time.
I really hope the workbook we designed helps home sewers conquer new challenges and sew clothes that are even better than they expected! Drape 1001 is available now.