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Date: 1/23/14 3:11 PM

I can't see anywhere else to put this, so I'll try here.

Today I took the yellow blouse/shirt which I just finished (review here:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/93216 )

into the quilting shop where I'd bought the fabric.

The ladies there were so nice! They immediately ooo-d and aaa-d and said it was lovely and smiled at it. How clever! they said, and How beautifully folded!

Emboldened by their enthusiasm, I opened it out, and one of them immediately held it up and said I could WEAR this!

That was a good morning. Usually I only have my husband to show things to, and a g/f who is away right now. I started to show them the imperfections and how I would have sewn it differently, but they didn't want to hear that.

Do you get much appreciation for your finished sewing?
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Date: 1/23/14 3:39 PM

I like to think myself a fairly modest person in most areas of life, but when it comes to sewing I love hearing positive comments. A number of people at work know I sew and have said some really nice things. They like the originality of design and fabric.

I love sewing not just for myself, but for other people too. I have a friend who has a little girl who is nearly two. I have made quite a few things for both of them (easy to fit patterns) and have had lovely feedback every time. She really appreciates what I make.

I'm already day dreaming of dressing up clothes for when she's older (is that mad??) and love the chance to indulge in making girly cute stuff. I'm not interested in having children myself so this for me is all the fun but none of the responsibility!
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Date: 1/24/14 1:17 AM

I have to 'borrow' little girls to sew for, too, since there are few daughters in the family. I loooove making things for them and collecting pretty patterns for their growing years.

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Date: 1/24/14 10:56 AM

Congratulations! Having someone else see the beauty of our efforts and understands the work that went into a garment we made is just sooooo satisfying! That blouse looks beautiful and not at all like pajamas. I could see it worn tucked into a skirt or pants the same color as the flowers or a great contrasting color. I think if you tuck it in or wear it with a cute belt you won't feel so much like pajamas.

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Date: 1/24/14 10:59 AM

That is the kind of shop I want to do business with and visit very often!

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Date: 1/24/14 1:53 PM

We need to do things like this to keep the independent fabric stores in business! What a nice thing to have happen to you!

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My sewing dream: Make a really great fitting pair of pants!

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Date: 1/24/14 4:55 PM

That is really a lovely response. How nice for you to get that reception!!

In answer to your question: No, I seldom get positive feedback for what I sew. I have learned to sew for my enjoyment, not other people's positive feedback. Therefore, I seldom sew for anyone else anymore. That sure does give me a lot of freedom to do what I want.

I am really glad you got the reaction you did. That must feel really good, especially coming from people who understand what it takes to sew; that it is not just something that anyone can do on a whim.

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Date: 1/28/14 1:16 PM

Regarding this yellow shirt, I wore it for 20 minutes and then decided that the colour is not for me. I don't know what came over me when I bought it, and it was expensive (for me).

Today I popped back into the store and said I'm thinking of giving it to the lady who loved it so much, but can't decide whether to ask for a token payment. There's the fabric, interfacing, piping, buttons, and my time.......

She offered to put it up on a hanger in the shop (!) with a label 'one of our ladies made this, would anyone like to bid to buy it'.

GoodGollyMoses. How kind! But I think I'll let Julie have it, if she wants it, it will probably fit her, for a payment of under half the material spend? Julie might have been just saying.........

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Date: 1/28/14 9:48 PM

The offer to take bids on the garment is a generous one; I'd accept it. Asking someone to purchase a garment she admired, even at a reduced price, may put her in an uncomfortable spot.

I donate whatever doesn't work out for me and put the cost of the garment(s) down to educational expenses. My personal feeling is that if someone profits from my sewing mistakes, it's all good.
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Date: 1/29/14 10:58 AM

I ironed and folded the yellow shirt again, and took it into the shop (as mentioned yesterday (?) ). The lovely owner says she has a sewing group in tonight, she'll show it to them and ask them what they think should be charged for it, if we're going down the selling-it route. (They are all quilters, not garment sewers.) She's also going to put it on her F/book page.

I told her about this forum and how many people had said they'd love to have such a delightful shop owner as her.

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