People have all sorts of strong feelings about pins in sewing. Some swear by pin basting, and some don't ever use pins at all–to protect the fabric and save time. I prefer to take a softer stance, and I do whatever fits the project. But if you are going pin-free, pattern weights are an awesome option. However, I've never really found a pattern weight that caught my fancy.
|Traditional tailor's pattern weights, left.|
At a recent Stitch Workshop video shot, I was watching skirt goddess Jil Cappuccio whip up her creations in a skirt video we were making. Jil co-owns an adorable shop for hand-sewn clothing in Denver called SEWN and she makes the clothes that she sells. Well, I developed a fierce envy for her pattern weights, which, as it turns out, are the real deal. She got them from a tailoring shop. They are these huge anvil-like irons and they look like they could weight down just about anything with ample authority.
But you don't need to track down tailoring supplies to get a decent pattern weight. Jil also suggests using a brick or rock covered with fabric. Weighty and free? Now that's the kind of pattern weight I can get behind. And, in my mind, at least, it beats the can of peas option hands down. Although, in a pinch, a can of peas or any canned good will work well as a pattern weight, too.
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