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StacieG2002

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Date: 12/1/11 4:35 PM

I, for example, would love to do a historical sewing project but my skills are just not there yet.

What would you like to try?

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Subject: If you had the skillz, what would you sew? Date: 12/1/11 4:56 PM

Well, that's just silly.

Practically all I've ever sewn, since the minute I began, is historical costumes. How do you think those historical seamstresses learned? It certainly wasn't with "simple" 21st century projects!

In fact, I have a friend whose very first sewing project EVER was her green velvet (VELVET!!) Tudor court gown to be on cast at Scarborough Renaissance Fair in Texas.

The only way your skills improve is if you practice them and learn new things. And IMO, it's best to practice those skills on sewing things you actually WANT to make.

What era are you interested in? If you start with something simple (and hidden) like your undergarments--shift/chemise/smock, drawers, petticoats, you can master very basic skills on easy to work with fabrics, before moving on to the more visible outerwear.

Also, a lot of the more skilled techniques of modern sewing won't help you at all in period garments--you won't use darts, zippers, welt pockets, or maybe even buttonholes.

So don't let a different era convince you that the sewing or construction is harder. It's just different--and, in some cases, not that much.

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Date: 12/1/11 5:19 PM

Be fearless, but be reasonable. Allow yourself the time to work through each segment and phase of the garment without some arbitrary deadline.

If you have any concerns about fit, consider fitting a muslin first. And that can be done a segment at a time too. You can fit your bodice and be happy with it before you move on to the sleeves or the skirt. Honestly, no one puts together a beautiful cake by tossing the cake, icing and decorating instruments on the platter all at once.

I can't really think of anything I haven't sewn in the last 50 years. I've been admiring some of the leather skins that I've been seeing lately and thought it would be nice to venture into some leather bags or clutches rather than just fabric. Which now has me thinking that it would fun to use the remnants for making buttons/trims and maybe a beret or two.

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Subject: If you had the skillz, what would you sew? Date: 12/1/11 6:34 PM

For me it is not as much a case of skills as time. Oh for a year- six months- heck a day even- to try to work my way though the Pattern Magic books and The Art of Manipulating Fabric. I think I would learn a lot about fabric and how to work with them to interesting ends.

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Date: 12/1/11 10:17 PM

If I had the skillz, and more importantly, time and equipment, I'd make really excellent outdoor gear, like backpacks, stuff sacks, sleeping bags, even tents. I'm willing to give it a go if I have the time and equipment for the project. Won't let any lack of skillz keep me from trying!

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Subject: If you had the skillz, what would you sew? Date: 12/1/11 10:31 PM

I agree with Connie, it's not necessarily the "skillz", for me it's the time and the patience. I would love to sew an Academy Awards caliber gown. All of the draping and pleated details. No plans on wearing it anywhere, but I'd just want to say I did it.

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Subject: If you had the skillz, what would you sew? Date: 12/1/11 11:03 PM

One of these years I will make a Chanel style jacket using couture techniques. It is not about the skillz, but rather deciding the time has come and forging onward with the quest.

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Date: 12/1/11 11:37 PM

Veering far and away off topic, but perhaps of interest to those of you who are interested in historical sewing projects and just about anything else, I found this ebook on Amazon while doing my weekly bargain book hunting.

Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World [Kindle Edition]
Timothy Brook


If you are not familiar with the ebooks on Amazon, you will want to know that you can click into the book and look at a few pages online. It's on the sale rack at $3.99 today and I couldn't resist.
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Back to topic. Besides trying my hand with leather projects, I'm already set up for starting a DIY Claire Schaeffer at home workshop after the holidays. And for spring/summer I'm excited about trying out something very different for fitting pant rears - of course I thought about it while water jogging in the pool, what else would anyone think about at a time like that?

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Date: 12/1/11 11:50 PM

Jackets /coats and leather garments (perhaps trying a leather tee first). I think that I should just dive in. I found a simple looking Koko Beal pattern for a jacket that I plan to tackle first

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Subject: If you had the skillz, what would you sew? Date: 12/2/11 1:15 AM

If I had the skills - AND the time and fabric - I'd do a blazer that is a bit more curvy & flattering than what I'm seeing in the stores. Sort of a forties retro look, maybe.

Although at the moment, I think it would be really great to have a parka that fits & looks better. I'm stuck wearing a men's parka again because the ladies' ones were too short in the sleeves and small in the shoulders. Parkas just look like more work than I want to take on.
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