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SewMommyof3

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Date: 1/7/08 10:09 PM

I have been sewing for my children for years, and now I am finally going to try to sew for myself. I've dabbled with a few things for myself in the past and hated them all. I am going to start with Kwik Sew #3256 skirt pattern that I have read good reviews of, but I'm still a little hesitant to try. It just seems impossible to make anything that looks good on me. I've read some of the posts, and it's good to know that I'm not alone.

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Date: 1/8/08 0:01 AM

Kwik Sew is known for excellent instructions, so you should be good to go. We're here if you need help. Have fun!

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Date: 1/8/08 2:35 AM

I just started sewing again for myself, too. I sewed for myself before I had children, then I sewed for my daughters when they were small, then I didn't sew at all. I decided I wanted to get back into it and I'm having a blast. Good luck!

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Date: 1/8/08 8:27 AM

I can relate to this! For many years I made clothes for children, which I loved doing, but I avoided sewing for myself because I hated the result. I finally realized that I might get better results if I tried to learn how to do some pattern alterations. That has helped a lot. I am still a little frustrated with the process, but I am happier with the end product. If you have the time, try buying a pattern sloper and sew it up; you'll learn a lot about your fit issues. Good luck, Kate

Here's a thread on slopers (fitting shells)
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Date: 1/8/08 12:57 PM

I started quilting because I just couldn't fit myself any longer. It got way easier to sew for myself when the internet came along. I no longer feel alone in my sewing room when I have a question, I come here. There are lots of us here to help. Please post your questions and pictures and we'd be glad to help if you get stuck. It's like private sewing lessons, for free! I hope you do pattern reviews when you get some projects done. Welcome!

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Date: 1/8/08 1:24 PM

I know exactly how you feel. Sewed for my kids, now the grandkids, but rarely for myself. But then last summer I had an Aha! moment. Had to buy a swimsuit. Dreaded it even tho I never planned to wear it in public; just in the privacy of my backyard. (I'm just shy of 60 and read this plus-sized message board for a reason.) I was shocked to find a suit that actually looked pretty darn good--that is, I looked good in it. Figured if I could look good in a swimsuit, I could buy(which I occasionally could) or sew clothing that would work for me.

The point is, your body isn't the issue here (if that indeed is what is making you crazy). You obviously have the sewing skills. You just need to take the time to learn how to fit your body.

Using a sloper has helped a lot, but what helped me the most was making a muslin first. (I had no idea people did that! I just figured you cut and sewed straight from the pattern as I had done for my kids.)

I use fabric I've had in my stash for yeeeaaarrrs for my muslin (and boy, does that feel good), and I also fit as I go after I've cut from my "real" fabric. (Check the library for books on fitting to help you out here) I try on my garment multiple times while in the process of putting it together. By the time I finish, I'm satisfied the garment looks the way it should on me.

Go for it. You've chosen a great pattern.

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Date: 1/8/08 3:12 PM

Shannon Gifford's class on building a better T-shirt is just getting started on patternreview.com. This class maybe just the ticket to help you get the clothing fit you are looking for. Best wishes on your new sewing path.

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Date: 1/8/08 7:01 PM

The main thing is not to be too hard on yourself. We have all bought clothing that does not fit right or does not flatter yet we think what we sew has to be perfect or we quit and go do something else. Making muslins of cheap ugly fabric is new to me but I have learned that it is far better to take this step since I have fitting issues I used to not have. Rather than trying lots of new patterns at first , work at getting one that you like perfected so you have a basic pattern that works well so you can taste sweet success and that will encourage you to continue sewing for yourself and then take on another pattern. It is really easy to get turned off when you are getting only failure. I feel so much better about the fitting since reading a lot on here.

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Date: 1/9/08 3:18 PM

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Shannon Gifford's class on building a better T-shirt is just getting started on patternreview.com. This class maybe just the ticket to help you get the clothing fit you are looking for. Best wishes on your new sewing path.


AMEN. Not only this class but any of Shannon's classes. I am a plus size, and short as well, and Shannon's classes have been a gold mine of info and help - it's almost like she's there with you after awhile!

Good luck, and know that you have a support system here for sure.

muffet:)

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