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Message Board > Fitting Woes > A rough summer for sewing... ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 7/20/13 6:09 PM

Let me begin this whine with the statement that I am not a beginner to sewing, but I have had very little success with sewing Summer tops this year. Boo! I am ready to forget summer sewing and move on to Fall sewing.

I tried some of the most basic woven Summer tops and just could not get them to fit well. My body is changing with age; I have lumps and bumps in places I have never had before. I have a curvature of the spine and am otherwise not symmetrical. No, I am not a gnome, but I feel like a freak of nature right now.

Now I am laughing at myself at the thought of me wearing a green stocking hat and standing under a mushroom. A post sewing failure delirium I think. LOL!

Anyway, I am now looking forward to sewing for the fall. Tunics, cowl necks, long sleeves all made of knits!

Thank you for letting me vent.

Cheers!
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Date: 7/20/13 7:10 PM

Don't beat yourself up. It's just "sewers' block". Maybe the universe is telling you to take a break - replenish yourself - houseclean your sewing area, see what you're neglecting that needs your attention for now. Take a deep breath - hold, exhale - keep moving on!

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Date: 7/20/13 7:53 PM

Yes, I loose my mojo from time to time too. It sucks. I agree that a break is in order! Perhaps a completely different type of project will help cleanse your palate.

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Date: 7/20/13 8:52 PM

I returned to sewing for myself two years ago and I only have a couple woven tops that I am happy with. Sewing at midlife is nothing like sewing for a teen body-haha. So I can totally relate. I have had great success with knits-I like Jalie and KwikSew and a couple of Simplicity. I have started collecting some knit fabric for fall and winter tops. I might even try ordering some fabric online for a few more. So get excited about moving on to new projects and put the summer behind you!

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Date: 7/20/13 9:58 PM

I am happily awaiting my shipments of knit fabrics for my fall wardrobe. Of course, here in Illinois, we still have months of heat and humidity to deal with. That's okay, my sewing studio is in the basement, my retreat from the heat.

Thank you all for the encouragement!

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Date: 7/20/13 10:09 PM

You are not alone. My sewing abilities are quite good. But my body at 64, having had one baby and major abdominal surgery prior to that, is not such an easy fit. I keep working at fitting things in fits and starts. Last summer I even successfully made my MOB dress and was quite pleased with how it turned out. Thank goodness if most garments were wadders, that one was a keeper!

I am beginning to feel like I must be the Muslin Queen for as many muslins as I seem to keep knocking out. One day that is going to change. Like the Little-Engine-That-Could, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....

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Date: 7/21/13 1:44 AM

I've started buying double the amount of fabric. One for practice and one for real wearing. I'm tired of working with muslin only to find the garment pattern doesn't work on the 'real' fabric.

It sounds a little expensive, but in the long run it is better than throwing out a muslin AND a garment that didn't work.

Sometimes I get lucky and it fits on the first run. Then, there's fabric left to make a hat.

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Date: 7/21/13 3:29 AM

I agree that making a muslin first, even in a knit and especially for an untried pattern, is worth the effort and time. It doesn't guarantee me a perfect fit but it does guarantee me a better fit. Knits fabrics are so forgiving and easier to sew which makes the experience of working with them that much better as opposed to woven fabrics.

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Date: 7/21/13 8:10 AM

Ditto to all these fitting challenges. We 60+ sewists can look like the bomb in the right pattern and fabric. Let's keep working at it. I'm currently padding my dress form with Fabulous Fit system to replicate the lumps and bumps.

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Date: 7/21/13 8:34 AM

Feeling the heat with you in IL

I'm trying to get back I to garment sewing, even bought a serger, which I'm trying to figure out. I'm still intimidated by knits, but I've recently made a knit top with a woven yoke which came out great, I just have to figure out the cover stitch on my combo machine in order to finish it.

I dress for modesty first, so while I'd love the easy care of knits, instead of ironing every blessed thing in this heat, thin/lightweight knits can be too clingy/revealing. I'm still trying to find fabrics that are cool, lightweight, opaque (it ain't modest if it's see-thru and it ain't cool if I have to layer!), with easy care and patterns that are fairly easy and modest but not so tent-like that I look like a walking wall of fabric.

I'm lucky to have some online sewing buddies and hope to meet up with one later this summer for some fitting education.

It's supposed to cool down Wed., God willing.

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