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I'm excited & a little overwhelmed
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Date: 4/1/12 3:46 PM

I am very excited! I offered to make clothes for my mother and two sisters. Yesterday we met for them to go through my extensive pattern collection for their sizes. They picked out their faves and we went fabric shopping at the local Joann's (closest place to shop for us). They each bought fabric to make at least 3 pieces each!! Also they wanted 2 aprons and a bag... whew!! I'm super excited to have all these project to do - everything from a workout type jacket to a flouncy blouse to a couple of dresses - but I'm also a little overwhelmed. I know I can do it and there's no pressure from them, but of course I want everthing to turn out as perfect as possible.

Do many of you sew for your friends & family (besides kids)?? Any thoughts as I start this large pile?

At least I get to sew stuff other than what I would normally wear and a variety of things as well... fun!!!

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Date: 4/1/12 4:06 PM

I really enjoy sewing for family and, for very special presents, for friends. Focus on working it into your own schedule so that it does not become 'work'. Then look to the seasonality of the fabric and the designs. If an item is going to stretch your skills and is just about out of season, put it towards the bottom of the pile for next year's season. Use the less complex items, like aprons, to work in breaks from more intense sewing.

If it is possible to rotate between recipients (and yourself) that would be nice.
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I should add this thought for when you wrap your brain around a plan.

If they live nearby, it might be fun to have them visit; 1, 2, or all, while you are doing some of the basic sewing. You'll probably want to cut on your own, but if you had an 'apron' day, it would be fantastic to have someone standing by at the iron, or someone serving sandwiches. A nice time to visit and a good way to work through some of the projects faster.
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Date: 4/1/12 6:26 PM

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I should add this thought for when you wrap your brain around a plan. If they live nearby, it might be fun to have them visit; 1, 2, or all, while you are doing some of the basic sewing. You'll probably want to cut on your own, but if you had an 'apron' day, it would be fantastic to have someone standing by at the iron, or someone serving sandwiches. A nice time to visit and a good way to work through some of the projects faster.


That is a super idea...I wish my people lived close by. I'd jump on the chance to have family time and sewing time mixed together.

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Date: 4/1/12 6:27 PM

That is so nice of you!! Have fun with these projects and share with us as you sew.

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Date: 4/2/12 10:00 AM

How incredibly nice of you and I understand your thinking of branching out to things you would not normally do for yourself. Great idea! I have to say though that I would be overwhelmed as well...and have been in the past. I love to sew for close family, but not at their request. I sew for them when and what I want (I know them pretty well...DH, and grown DD, DS and DIL) and then present them with the finished product that they didn't know they were getting. I put the most pressure on myself if I am sewing for someone and they know (and are waiting) on it. I have made costumes for a play before and hated it...so much pressure and deadlines. Felt too much like a job. I also made 6 bridesmaids dresses for my sons wedding...it was a labor of love but I felt the pressure and deadline. Sewing is my hobby and I love doing it IF and that is a big IF it is what I feel like working on.
With all that said, it sounds so negative.....but I really do LOVE sewing for my special people and they love receiving and wearing the items. It is the pressure I put on myself that is the problem which is why I say NO to requests from friends. Wow, sorry, I just wrote a book!
Good luck and happy sewing, may you learn many new and exciting things!

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Date: 4/2/12 4:00 PM

Things I have made for DH end up being his favorites and he wears them until they hang by threads...thus all my sewing expenses are encouraged. Just received a request for a car cover...which I am getting ready to make now. Sewing is a true life enhancer...enjoy!

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Date: 4/3/12 12:29 PM

I just made 2 spring dresses for my 6 y.o. It is the most fulfilling sewing I do. DH clothes are also rewarding. Most of the time I'm making draperies, etc, that I don't get to enjoy looking at once out the door. Enjoy!!

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