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What do you fear sewing the most?
Deepika
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Date: 1/9/07 10:14 PM

I thought it might be fun to share and challenge each other by discussing what we shy away from sewing.

For me, this is the third year in a row when I have not sewn a jacket for myself. I have the fabric, the pattern, I've even traced it out, still just can't get myself to make the muslin... I think that's it. I really dont like making the muslin and the fact that sewing the coat will take forever and I dont have much time.

What is your most challenging project?

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Date: 1/9/07 10:26 PM

Shirts. I can make ladies short sleeve blouses with camp collars, but I'm afraid to do shirts. I've done one for my youngest, and my husband is pushing me to do some flannel shirts for him. For my next project, I will work with Kwik Sew 2000. I'm using several pieces of sale fabric I just bought (will not count in stash reduction contest), and then move into some flannel.

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Date: 1/9/07 11:43 PM

Cutting certain fabrics, like silk charmeuse, chiffon, slinky -- stuff that is hard to cut properly. I have no fear of actually sewing it, it's the cutting that terrifies me.
That is why I understand your reluctance with jackets, Deepika. Cutting the lining is something I hate. Therefore I've been avoiding lined jackets which is fine here in the south, but it really limits my jacket fabric choices.

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Date: 1/10/07 0:07 AM

I blogged about facing fear this week.

My big fear has been wovens so I resolved to live this year by the HotPatterns motto, "Feel The Fear & Do It Anyway..."

I've already partially completed a shirt and coat. I'm at the collar attachment stage on each and kinda froze up... er, thinking about it... er, overthinking it.

I'll conquer these collars, darnit ;)

LOL

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Date: 1/10/07 0:21 AM

At this very moment, I'm reading the boards here in order to put off installing an invisible zipper in a skirt. Everyone says they're the easiest, and I love the look, but I struggle with them. I've got a lot of skirts planned for spring/summer, so I must get over this!

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Date: 1/10/07 0:31 AM

Draping! I am so afraid of even the word! I have challenged myself to drape two dresses while watching season 1 and 2 of Project Runway!

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Date: 1/10/07 0:36 AM

Quote: Deepika
For me, this is the third year in a row when I have not sewn a jacket for myself. I have the fabric, the pattern, I've even traced it out, still just can't get myself to make the muslin... I think that's it. I really dont like making the muslin and the fact that sewing the coat will take forever and I dont have much time.



What is your most challenging project?

echo, echo, echo

I practically hyperventilate over sewing & fitting jackets. The first one I made, I'd sew 30 minutes, go to a cafe and decompress. Repeat each day until jacket finished. However it didn't fit as well as I wanted. Plus despite it being a designer Vogue didn't have a roll line marked or mention stay taping it.

So, now I have a vast collection of unused jacket patterns, 10s of metres of fabric, lining, interfacing, buttons etc and no wearable jacket in my wardrobe.

On my to-do list for this month is to make a jacket, cos I'm job hunting and a PA/Secretary needs at least one jacket for the interviews!

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Date: 1/10/07 0:47 AM

Expensive fabric, or to-die-for fabric I can't replace.

I don't fear the sewing so much, but cutting into the fabric in the first place. I just can't bring myself to make that first snip. After spending so much money I fear my project will be a complete a failure or a big disappointment.

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Date: 1/10/07 0:48 AM

buttonholes and hems.

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Date: 1/10/07 5:02 AM

Collars....why do they never look the same on each side? Why don't they ever fit the ?@#$% neckline?

I can live life without sewing collars.

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