I also think that I approach and solve sewing issues in non-traditional ways. Take for instance lining a sleeveless dress....conventional methods tell you to leave one of the shoulder seams open in the lining and turn the lining through that teeny tiny opening. Once the lining is turned you then press and handstitch the opening closed. I hate that method! Moving all of that fabric through that small opening and then wrestling it flat just drives me bananas.
So after several tries at doing that and wanting to tear my hair out I came up with my own method...this method is not on any pattern instruction sheet or in any sewing book but it works for me.
1. First I machine baste a 5/8" seam allowance on my armholes.
2. Then I press the 5/8" seam allowance down. I do this on both the dress and the lining.
3. Then I attach the lining to the dress at the neckline...clipping the seams and pressing the entire thing down...
4. Sometimes I edgestitch the inside of the lining seamline only and sometimes I edgestitch the neckline of the dress including the lining...sewing the entire front piece together.
5. Then I sew the side seams of the dress and the side seams of the lining separately.
6. Press the each set of seams open and turn the entire thing.
7. Next I take the pressed down armhole seams and give them one more press turning the lining seam allowance in just a little more.
8. Finally I edgestitch the armholes closed - sewing the lining and dress fabric together.
9. Press once more and I am done.
This is totally unconventional and works for me. I have been lining sleeveless dresses this way for so long that I forgot that its not traditional until today when I was working on a dress for my SWAP. And it got me to thinking....I can't be the only one who sews some part of the garment making process in my own manner.
So do you do have a sewing technique that isn't traditional? If so, what? Why did you deviate from the pattern instructions? And most importantly does it work for you? Tell me...I would really like to know that I am not alone in "personalizing" sewing techniques...
Finally here is a teaser picture of one of my SWAP dresses....
Talk to me people & enjoy the sewing journey!