These are a few of the thoughts that rambled through my mind while sewing this last week...
1. I know why I have nice skin. I use so much steam when I'm sewing that my pores are constantly being flushed by the steam. Yeah sewing facials! *LOL*
2. Is it sewing growth if I really like hand sewing now? It calms and makes me feel as if I'm invested in my garments.
3. I need to learn to sew more quick and easy garments! The amount of steps involved in complicated garments, while necessary, seems to make the process so much longer!
4. Are you like me? Do you read through other sewists' blog posts looking for techniques that will help you take your sewing to the next level? I love finding a gem that I can file away to use on a future garment.
5. Do you use just one set/size pins when you're sewing? I noticed during this sewcation that I used several different sizes of pins for my projects. Just wondering if anyone else is that obsessive too?
6. Same with carbon paper - I have several different types and use them based upon the fabric. Again am I the only one that does that?
7. Ever since I realized that I can purchase just about any sewing supply from Amazon - it's been my go to source. Tracing paper, pins, sewing machine needles and now waistband interfacing. Amazon is like the Walmart of the Internet! *LOL*
8. I was wondering, does anyone else press their darts over their pressing ham? Okay seriously I know that other sewists do but does everyone? Do you realize that you get a much better press ~ one that follows the contours of your curves if you press darts over a pressing ham? Just wondering...
9. There were a lot of skirts made this go around. So when I was reading Shams post about her awesome new pants, I realized that I do the same thing. My skirt fronts are considerably larger than my skirt backs. I'm just bigger in the front and need more fabric there.
10. Have you ever dropped your scissors/shears and they just fell apart? That happened to me once...I bought multiples of everything after that to make sure I was never without scissors/shears again!
11. BTW, I pretty much own multiples of everything ~ seam rippers, pins and pinholders, seam gauges, all of my scissors, etc. I'm sure that I'm not the only one with a considerably overstocked sewing spot?
12. Do you sit and sew for 4, 5, 6 or 8 hours straight? I just realized that I sew in bursts. An hour or two here...some computer time. Another 15-30 minutes and a trip upstairs to do a task...my biggest bursts of straight sewing time occur from 10pm to 2am when there are no distractions. So what about you? How do you sew?
13. I think you need to fail when making a garment. Because when you fail and figure out how to fix it, it gives you the experience and the belief that you can make it work the next time you're in that situation. Failing makes you a better sewist...well at least to me!
Butterick 6183 top & TNT skirt, Butterick 6183 sleeveless top w/maxi skirt,
2 TNT skirts in prints, Vogue 8209 Jacket and TNT dress
As of now I've finished 8 pieces ~ number 9 and 10 are on the cutting table. I'm working on a top and matching pants...those will probably be the last items...even though I keep thinking maybe I can squeeze one last TNT dress in...but probably not. Cause let's be real, I still haven't taken pictures of me in all of this stuff!
Anyway, I went with simple pieces...the most complicated was the Vogue 8209 jacket but that was me and not the pattern. I chose to sew these garments to give my wardrobe some variety since it's been quite limited lately. The posts about the garments and my journey will be up on the blog next.
...as always more later!