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Date: 8/3/13 6:05 PM


When you all have finished making something complicated, how critical are you of your own work?

I'm super-critical on all details inside and out. I think something is only OK, (I know all the fixes and workarounds which went into construction) but others think the finished garment is terrific and wonderful. Since they know nothing about sewing............. who's right?



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Date: 8/3/13 6:10 PM

Years ago, I would just stitch something up and wear it. Being a part of PR, has made me much more critical of my own sewing than I use to be. Also, in the last 5 years or so, my body has done a lot of "shifting". I've learned new adjustments to allow for the shifting. I'm more aware of every wrinkle and bump(on the garment too )

I don't think there is a "right" or "wrong". Just take a look at the garments people are paying good money for off the rack. I wouldn't use some for dusting rags.

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Date: 8/3/13 6:19 PM

I am insanely critical of my work, but that isn't limited to sewing. :)

I don't think it is or isn't right, it is just how it is.

Will I ever get over it? Doubt it. I've always been that way.

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Date: 8/3/13 7:25 PM

I read somewhere else online, that when looking critically at your own work, you should apply a 3ft rule. Basically step back from the clothing, and look at it from 3ft away. Hardly any person is going to be closer than 3ft from you (except partners/children) so that distance is the viewing distance for anyone else. Its amazing how the "glaring imperfections" melt away, when you step back from your creation.

But more to that, as long as the item isn't going to fall apart, we really need to be gentler on ourselves. We don't have the benefit of pattern testing, hundreds of versions, thousands of machinists or the time (money) for couture sewing. Most times we are sewing "one off" items, and foibles in the process should be expected. As long as we are learning, and happy with the items we produce, we should learn that "good enough" is an ok measure of success.

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Date: 8/3/13 7:33 PM

I'm not telling anyone where the "less than perfect" spots are! No need to point them out as probably no one else is aware of them. Always a few it seems....

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Date: 8/3/13 10:49 PM

I'm still AMAZED that I can create clothing for myself. So I'm probably not as critical as I could be :)

I don't strive for *perfect* garments; I work towards comfortable and a decent fit. I haven't tackled anything too complicated with regards to construction. I do want to make blazers/jackets and a coat and a cape. I'm tackling pants now, but that's not a construction problem it's a fitting problem.

I proudly wear my makes, imperfections and all!!

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Date: 8/4/13 0:55 AM

Very, very critical of my work - insanely so, but also very proud that I can create these amazing garments and projects.
I love wearing my garments, handbags or displaying home dec items, giving things I've made as gifts - everything about it!!
I also feel it is a continual learning process and we just get better with each item we make:)

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Date: 8/4/13 1:06 AM

I think it all depends on your goals and your immediate purpose. While I lament daily that 'quality isn't what it used to be,' I realize that the reason is because what is important to me isn't important to whoever made the item I'm fussing about.

Did you need something to wear to a particular event and there was a deadline? Then if it looks good and held together for that one event, that's great! Did you mean to make an heirloom piece your grandchildren would hand down to their children? Then maybe it's more important to rip it out and re-do until it's exactly right?

But in my case, my main goal is usually to learn to sew better. Is this better than I did last time? Is it using a new technique that I need to practice to perfect? Am I making forward progress? In those cases, judgment about what is 'good' is a lot different from the previous cases.

If it is a gift for someone who does not sew, I make it the very best I can make it. I still see the imperfections. I make notes of what I want to do differently next time, but the person who receives it usually just sees a wonderful present that says I care about them. That's a pretty cool goal, too!


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Date: 8/4/13 4:34 AM

I like the 1m rule (the metric version of the 3 foot rule) but I also like the three week rule. A couple of times I've finished something and been so disappointed in my sewing that I've wanted to throw whatever it is away. My solution has been to stuff it in the cupboard and leave it there for a couple of weeks. Very often by the time I pull it out again I've either forgotten what the massive glaring error that I thought was so obvious even was, or I am more able to have a sense of proportion about the problem. For example, I made a skirt that I unpicked about eight times because I could not get one of the side seams to sew up without puckering. In the end I got to a point where I had minimized the puckering and then steamed as much of the remaining problem out with the iron. But when I tried it on all I could see was that seam, like it was a huge glaring beacon of THIS SKIRT IS HOMEMADE (BADLY). A month later I pulled it out the wardrobe and couldn't remember which seam it was that I'd had all the problem with, and, more importantly, couldn't really tell from looking at the skirt. Just like the 1m rule, the little bit of distance that those weeks in the closet gave me were enough to reconcile me to the garment's imperfections and I now don't think twice about wearing it.

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Date: 8/4/13 5:10 AM

I'm a fan of the magic wardrobe solution too, also good for when construction has become frustrating and/or you don't like the garment when you finish it. Works wonders.
I don't get too critical of my finished garments; they always fit better than RTW and that cancels out imperfect interiors, wobbly topstitching or a less than perfect hem. Well, to an extent anyway.

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