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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > having such a block . . . ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 10/23/13 11:34 AM

I was so unhappy with the last thing I tried to make for myself (that simple top from this summer) that I'm having a hard time getting myself to move forward enthusiastically with another project. At this point, I have my pattern pieces traced for my Simplicity 3750, and I just look at it and think "Why bother? I won't be able to make it fit anyway."

What do you do when you get to this point? I know it's just a hump that I need to get past. Still I keep looking at the pattern with pessimism and the certainty that I won't be able to make it work.

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Date: 10/23/13 11:42 AM

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I was so unhappy with the last thing I tried to make for myself (that simple top from this summer) that I'm having a hard time getting myself to move forward enthusiastically with another project. At this point, I have my pattern pieces traced for my Simplicity 3750, and I just look at it and think "Why bother? I won't be able to make it fit anyway."



What do you do when you get to this point? I know it's just a hump that I need to get past. Still I keep looking at the pattern with pessimism and the certainty that I won't be able to make it work.

If you follow this link and scroll down. that green dress is my first ever attempt at fit and sewing. Erm....its terrible. That was in september 2011. Its taken me till october 2013 to actually start to feel I can do an acceptable fit.
A lot of this is down to a) making those mistakes. You have to do some trial an error. b) making myself a dress form
IT makes it so much easier to see what needs altering. I now know my shoulders are wonkey which explains a lot. Also you can do draping with a dress form...which means no tedious adjustments to flat patterns you can pin and adjust as you go.

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Date: 10/23/13 11:50 AM

That's why we make "muslins". Once you get the basics of what you need, it usually is simple from there on.

Why do you trace your patterns? Have you ever tried pivot and slide?

Maybe the last pattern was just a bugger to begin with.

Read your blog and you know all of this already, so all you need is to look forward and not back because that is how we trip and fall.



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Date: 10/23/13 12:59 PM

when I have an epic fail, I need a quick fix of something I KNOW will have a good outcome. Usually my fail has to do with clothing and my quick fix is a bag of some type. I always get back in the swing with SUCCESS!

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Date: 10/23/13 4:13 PM

Yeah. No mojo... or just overwhelmed...
I would usually make something I know will work, like a dog bed. Easy and doesn't take too long, unless I want it to. That usually reminds me I like sewing, so the mojo returns.

I generally get this feeling when I look at the pile of unsuccessful stuff I've managed to make .... but it's all a learning curve.

I'd second the dummy, duct tape ones are great IMO... worth thinking about if fitting is the real bug-bear. It's quite fun to make one and when it's done you'll actually be anxious to make something so you can try it out. Win - win :)


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Date: 10/23/13 6:30 PM

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Date: 10/23/13 6:30 PM

Yeah, I'm fairly new, so though I've got a couple skirts that I made that are nice, I don't actually have any "TNT" patterns that I feel is a sure-fire success. I find I've got the nagging feeling, every time I sit down to work on my current project, that it just isn't going to work.

Maybe I need to try a different project, but I do want to make a successful top and this is the only one I have fabric purchased for.

I finished tracing pieces, trimmed them, and tried to tissue fit. I still worry that it will be too large, though at least the waist seems to hit in the right place. I haven't yet found tissue fitting to be useful--the tissue is always too stiff, and I can't see myself very well.

I guess that a duct-tape dummy might be in order. We shall see.
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Date: 10/23/13 7:58 PM

A few things...

1. It's something that takes trial and error (as someone else said). You're going to have projects that don't turn out the way you want. I, in fact, just threw away about 4 shirts I made in the past that we fitting DISASTERS! I kept them in the closet for over a year thinking I might go back and fix them or something, but realized it was just part of the learning process. Enjoy this process, it's fun to experiment.
2. Buy a fitting book or take a fitting class. Either at a local sewing place or craftsy or something like that. This will help give you the skills and confidence you're lacking.
3. Pick another project. If you're not into this project, pick something new! You need to be excited to make something, not just because it's there. You can set that aside until later. Make something simple, like a bag or a simpler top or something and have some fun!
4. Make a muslin. Buy cheapo fabric, cut up some old sheets or drapes, whatever you have around. This will help you immensely. I agree that tissue fitting is a PITA, so don't bother, make a muslin. You don't have to cut out all the pieces, just the main ones to adjust fit.
5. Now, go buy a pattern you LIKE and some fabric you LOVE and have some fun!!!

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Date: 10/24/13 4:53 AM

Quote: demoiselle
Yeah, I'm fairly new, so though I've got a couple skirts that I made that are nice, I don't actually have any "TNT" patterns that I feel is a sure-fire success. I find I've got the nagging feeling, every time I sit down to work on my current project, that it just isn't going to work.



Maybe I need to try a different project, but I do want to make a successful top and this is the only one I have fabric purchased for.



I finished tracing pieces, trimmed them, and tried to tissue fit. I still worry that it will be too large, though at least the waist seems to hit in the right place. I haven't yet found tissue fitting to be useful--the tissue is always too stiff, and I can't see myself very well.



I guess that a duct-tape dummy might be in order. We shall see.
-- Edited on 10/23/13 6:31 PM --

I tried to start with tops and dresses and failed...so went back to basics with an a-line skirt. IT gave me confidence again. Its the whole running before walking thing.
Sometimes even its good to get your basic pattern and try it in different fabrics...make it over and over then it becomes your TNT. You don't get a TNT by making it just once. ;)

Keep going don't give up.

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Date: 10/24/13 5:02 PM



I made a muslin of the front of my top. First time gathering, etc. I still need to sew together the back, but I pin-fit the remaining pieces and it appears that my fears were unwarented this time. It fits pretty well--just a little extra fabric in the back which could easily disappear into the center back seam.

All smiles now. I told myself to work for just 20 minutes, and four hours later I had overcome my "block."

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