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Date: 6/20/13 10:22 PM

I'm just curious: if you're new(ish) to sewing like I am, about what percentage of your efforts do you feel comfortable wearing out in public? How do you avoid the "homemade-but-not-too-well" look?

And if a significant number of your attempts end up being something you aren't actually comfortable wearing in public--what do you do with them?

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Date: 6/20/13 10:31 PM

Are you referring to clothing which has mistakes, and some wonky parts, but is basically wearable? Or clothing which is a weird pattern, or made in a fabric not seen in stores?

I wear about 95% of what I make. I think some items I have made are so new to me in terms of style lines that I'm a bit uncomfortable, but I always get good reactions from my friends.

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Date: 6/20/13 10:34 PM

But you aren't newish marec right?

I struck out tonight and I'm a little bummed! (Not newish either)

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Date: 6/20/13 11:32 PM

Quote: demoiselle
And if a significant number of your attempts end up being something you aren't actually comfortable wearing in public--what do you do with them?

Donate them to charity.

I dreaded and feared learning how to fit a pattern, but since I've started learning fitting skills, I'm much happier with my garments overall.

Is everything perfect? No. Have I learned every quirk of my body? Nope. Do I naturally know how to adjust patterns before sewing them? Nuh-uh.

Does just fitting the shoulder, bust and bicep make anything I make fit better than 98% of the things I can buy in a store? YES!

(I did have a wadder a few months ago, V8728, despite fitting it. If it hasn't grown on me by the end of the summer, out it goes!)
-- Edited on 6/20/13 11:33 PM --
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Date: 6/20/13 11:37 PM

Quote: marec
Are you referring to clothing which has mistakes, and some wonky parts, but is basically wearable? Or clothing which is a weird pattern, or made in a fabric not seen in stores?



I wear about 95% of what I make. I think some items I have made are so new to me in terms of style lines that I'm a bit uncomfortable, but I always get good reactions from my friends.

I mean, I guess, clothes that you would be comfortable wearing to work or school or to a formal event (not just to take out the trash or run for groceries). Perhaps I'm a bit over-concerned, but I live in NYC and my husband's business deals with 1%-ers who wear designer clothes. ;-)

I have a couple skirts that I've made so far that really are nice, but I get worried that somehow they just won't "pass muster" in the public eye. And maybe that is because one seam in an A-line skirt is slightly wavy (slightly), or that there is a dimple on my jeans skirt.

Alas, my cat peed on my best-made skirt so far, and not even the drycleaners could save it. So that one is DEFINITELY too wonky to wear in public.

I'm quite new at this. I've worn what I've made to teach, etc. I just worry that people will "know" that I made it myself (and not in a good way).

This insecurity is probably partly driven by the fact that I knit, too, and most of the sweaters I finish are really good and no one can believe I made them myself. I prefer them over store-bought immensely, and hope someday I'll be able to feel the same way about my sewn garments.

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Date: 6/20/13 11:40 PM

Quote: AllNewtoMe
I dreaded and feared learning how to fit a pattern, but since I've started learning fitting skills, I'm much happier with my garments overall.



Is everything perfect? No. Have I learned every quirk of my body? Nope. Do I naturally know how to adjust patterns before sewing them? Nuh-uh.



Does just fitting the shoulder, bust and bicep make anything I make fit better than 98% of the things I can buy in a store? YES!



(I did have a wadder a few months ago, V8728, despite fitting it. If it hasn't grown on me by the end of the summer, out it goes!)
-- Edited on 6/20/13 11:33 PM --

Which fitting technique did you find helped you the most?

BTW, I had just looked at your "wadder" and thought how cute it was! And then I saw your reply. I'm surprised you thought it was a wadder!

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Date: 6/21/13 0:41 AM

I learned to sew as a young child and sewed everything up until my late 20s when I started working shiftwork. Then, when I was in my late 50s I started sewing again. First it was machine embroidery, then serging and now I have begun to sew.
I just attended my first American Sewing Guild meeting Monday where I cut out my first pattern in almost 30 years. I had bought some really ugly knit fabric to use as a muslin for a pants pattern I bought last year. I never intended to wear that fabric in public. I used that fabric because it was already in my stash and it gave me something that was disposable to use for my first project, which was a simple nightgown. I don't know why I even chose it for a muslin. Must have been temporary insanity.
I finished it Wednesday and it will be donated...definitely. It came out quite well even though I cut out 2 of the same sleeves and had to alter the neckline because I didn't have enough fabric to cut out another one.
I took a photograph of it to take to ASG next month just to prove I did it successfully (they probably don't care LOL). But it is a butt-ugly pink flowered disaster of a pattern.
The good thing is that it proved that I could finish a pattern successfully and the pattern 1) fit properly and 2) was presentable enough that I'll make another out of better-quality fabric. So I understand your doubts about the quality and appearance of your completed projects since I'm in the same boat. Hang in there; I think it just takes a little courage to give us the confidence required to put our stuff "out there". I already feel better about my abilities; you will, too. Just take a chance. You might be surprised how well they're received.

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Date: 6/21/13 1:04 AM

Perhaps I should start by posting reviews of the patterns I've completed, with pictures and all. ;-)

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Date: 6/21/13 1:45 AM

That is a good idea to post your finished patterns with reviews. You may be surprised how many compliments you get!

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Date: 6/21/13 2:34 AM

My answer is: more than I expected. Also: more once I figured out I needed to make patterns I liked rather than making things just because they were easy. Also: more when I started using fabric I liked rather than fabric that was cheap. And finally: more when I realized that thinking that everyone I meet was scrutinizing my clothes for every tiny mistake was hubris. Most of the people around me probably couldn't tell you what I was wearing two minutes after I left the room, let alone give a detailed critique of of any particular item I was wearing.

Of course, there are some things I've made that look more amateur-ish and badly sewn than others, and I have things that I wear only in the privacy of my own home as wearable muslins. And there have been a couple of things I've made that have never seen the light of day. But overall, there isn't much I've made I don't wear, even though I'm a relative beginner.

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