protracting a good fit

I’ve noticed widely varying sentiments regarding kimono sleeves — some people adore them, some really really don’t. I get that. For me, the thing I didn’t like about some of my earlier kimono-sleeve makes was the fit of the armscye — sometimes it was too low, sometimes too big, sometimes it just felt wrong or only the sleeve width itself needed adjusting. After a couple of years of finally getting a grasp on adjustments to set-in sleeves, these things threw me quite the curve — all while maintaining the pretense of being simpler…


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leveling up

During a conversation this past weekend, I mentioned (as I sometimes do) that I am not a very advanced sewist. Miss Lulu got annoyed with me! She told me that she didn’t want to hear me say that ever again. She wouldn’t even hear my protestations. :) It got me thinking…

me. thinking.

I often talk to people who I believe are far more skilled than I am, and yet they don’t feel well-versed in areas that I frequent confidently: knits, zippers, bust adjustments… When I think of the techniques that I feel good about now but was intimidated by a year or two ago, it’s clear to see how far I’ve come. Yet, I still think of myself as an “advanced beginner.”

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dressing myself

Y’all. I pre-ordered the Tiramisu. As in, before it was released. As in, September 25, 2012, the day the pre-sale began. (I just double-checked my Etsy account to make sure.) So why – WHY – is this my first make from the pattern?

my first tira

I spent the better part of the time it took to construct this dress asking myself that exact question. I’m going to get all psycho – logical up in here, so take heed. Usually, when I’m avoiding something, the culprit is fear. So, that was an easy answer, but the hard part was fear of WHAT? Figuring that out took a process of elimination. Continue reading

diversification: why i’m trying it

The sewcialist community seems to be divided on the two-timing thing. Some folks love developing relationships with many projects at once, while some are absolutely faithful and may as well be wearing blinders. For most of my sewing life, I’ve been a one-plan woman. Getting started can be the hardest part for me, so when that’s done, I pretty much plow through to the end. Those things in my drawers that I call Unfinished Objects (UFOs) are, in truth, Will Never Be Finished Objects (WNBFOs). If I’ve become so perturbed with something that it gets put away, it is likely that it will languish there until I throw/give it away or reuse the fabric for something else. Very few exceptions.

UFO drawers, all three of 'em

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expedient gladification

Quite a few years ago, I got this slip of paper in a fortune cookie:

and here i thought i had no rhythm

While I get into this stuff sometimes for fun, in truth I am not superstitious — so in no way did I interpret this as “meant for me.” But regardless, it was incredibly applicable to me, and I loved the way I felt when I read it. It’s as if a soothing voice was whispering to me, It’s okay to go slowly. This is what works best for you.

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growth planning

I’ve made an interesting observation several times lately. I keep coming across posts and articles in which the author mentions beginning to sew around the same time I did. As I see what they’re making, it often involves techniques that are far more advanced than any I’ve yet to tackle. This post is not about self-deprication! I engage in that often enough, and I’ll own it when it happens. :-) I know that I haven’t spent all my time focusing on garments, and when I have, I’ve (necessarily) devoted a lot of energy to learning fitting and pattern alteration versus unfamiliar sewing techniques. BUT — I do think that I’ve fallen into a rut of choosing patterns that aren’t challenging me much from a construction perspective. This has had some solid advantages:

  • I’ve honed several Tried-N-True patterns that will have longevity in my collection.
  • I’ve beefed up my everyday wardrobe.
  • I’ve acquired confidence by minimizing my wadders.
  • I’ve continued to educate myself about fitting alterations.
  • I’ve whipped through some yardage in my stash.

That’s not nothin’. Plus, it’s nice to know where to turn when I need to achieve any of these things again. However, I’m feeling tempted to push myself a little — there are so many things I want to learn. It’s not that I’m not buying skill-stretching patterns, I’m just not making them. Therefore, I have an abundant stockpile to tap for such education. Here are a few that I’m considering for fall/winter… Continue reading