|Recently, Liana reminded us all how important it is to try on your garments throughout the construction process. I totally agree. But it can become tedious after each seam to undress, try on the item, and get dressed again. Your hair gets messed up, make-up soils your top, and it feels like a chore.
The solution is simple -- don't get dressed! I had the luxury recently of being home alone with time to sew all day long. I was trying a couple of new patterns for the first time so there was a lot of measuring and fitting going on. I decided to close the blinds in my sewing room and sew in my undies. It was great! I was much more motivated to try it on every step of the way and things seemed to go a lot faster.
I realize the opportunity may be rare to run around in your undies at home if you share the house with others. If so, there are still some things you can do to make it easier. For example, consider what item you're sewing and dress accordingly. If making a top, wear a blouse that buttons in the front. It's easy to slip on and off and you only need to close one button to keep your modesty till the next fitting. Meanwhile, your hair and make up stay in place. If making bottoms, I recommend wearing pull on pants. They're easy off - easy on and comfortable to boot. Speaking of boots... don't wear them. Slip on shoes are fine but barefoot is best IMHO. (perhaps I've given this way too much thought?)