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Date: 11/23/12 9:33 PM

I was wondering how many of you started with apparel sewing and then got turned onto quilting. Or never have sewed apparel and went straight to quilting. I got the idea to ask as making my dd some sleeping pants out of fleece and it's going surprising well. I'm mainly doing this fleece pair to check fit for the two pairs I'm doing out of that cuddle soft stuff. I rarely do clothing anymore but I think I have learned some things from quilting, that have helped me in apparel sewing.One thing patience. And that perfection thing, god help you back in the day if it looked homemade, now who the hell cares. I do miss clothing sometime and maybe will make some stuff for myself since now the weight is falling off me. I currently have very little that fits me.

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Date: 11/23/12 9:52 PM

I am one who started with apparel and went to quilting. I did not enjoy sewing clothes. Not even easy pj bottoms. I made a pair of pj's 2 years ago and I think I should put the buttonholes in the shirt then sew on the buttons. I want to wear them, as it is cold now. I found my pink thread, so what is stopping me? The desire to do it.

As for quilting, I like it. I do not sew as much as I should. I have plenty of time. Not much ambition. I finished one quilt and only have the binding to do on the next one. I know which pattern will be my 3rd quilt. That is something I find hard. Decisions. So many choices. Then there is fabric and threads...

Oh, good. The weight is falling off you now. Congrats on that. I am also loosing. Things are now fitting much better and I have room in my clothes. Can't wait to get to your stage of the game and have them falling off of me.

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Date: 11/23/12 9:57 PM

I started sewing with making stuffed animals and clothes for them. The country type like muslin rabbits with dresses. Some with furry material.

I did take a class, the only sewing class I ever took in my life, 24 or so years ago, to make an all hand sewn quilt. It sat unfinished in a closet for 20 something years! I recently finished it and posted some pics of it here. I do not remember ONE single thing from that class, except thinking that the sewing machine so people didn't have to hand sew stuff together anymore was the GREATEST invention of all time.

I moved on to clothes for me, a few things for my son but boys clothes are not fun to sew. Then I had a daughter and OH MAN was that some fun! I made dresses and cute girly things for years. Wool capes and fleecy jackets, I sold them at a consignment shop.

I started making dance costumes to help pay for competitive dance for my girls. When they were in high school, I made prom dresses to help pay for their dresses.

I have sewn clothes for myself here and there throughout the years, but I do not enjoy it much. Fitting is too hard. I have an odd shape, and my husband has trouble fine-tuning the safety pin fittings.

I made diapers for my grandson, I did enjoy the challenge of that, and not having to pay for disposables was nice. Less diaper rashes was a huge plus too!

I just stopped dance costumes and decided to make my grandson a quilt out of his old flannel receiving blankets, and I was instantly hooked!

I used to sew because I had to, with occasional chances to sew for fun. Now I sew for fun, with occasional times I sew because I have to.

I like now much better!

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Date: 11/24/12 7:14 AM

I started sewing apparrel back in the early sixties when I was a preteen. My mother, to that point, had made all my clothes. As soon as I made my first simple gathered skirt she stopped sewing for me and I took over with a vengeance. Back in those days, better fabric was way more affordable than RTW clothing. I can still remember when I was in college in the early 70's, going to independant fabric stores and buying 3/4 yard of fabulous wools to make mini skirts; I was way thinner then! I did not quilt until 4 years ago when a co-worked talked me into going to a quilt class so she could learn. She finally just finished that first quilt and I am on number 10. Honestly I always said I would never take a piece of fabric, cut it into pieces and then sew them back together again. Little did I know.....

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Date: 11/24/12 8:54 AM

I started with quilting and then moved to apparel. I like them both. I like quilting (well, really I like piecing more than quilting) because I can sew... A lot! Nothing like a bazillion little seams to get the machine humming.

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Date: 11/24/12 10:11 AM

I've been doing apparel sewing for as long as I can remember. I do crafty sewing and some occasional small quilting projects, but that is about it. I don't quilt because I don't have room for a quilting stash too!

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Date: 11/24/12 10:16 AM

I've always done both interchangeably. My mom did both so I guess that is the reason why. I still do it 50-50.

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Date: 11/24/12 11:24 AM

I started with quilting, expanded into (craft sewing?) and have dabbled in garment sewing, but just basic stuff like PJ's and robes. I love the sewing part, but I'm clueless about fitting.

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Date: 11/24/12 12:01 PM

that's always the hardest part CJ.Unless of course you or the person your sewing for is perfectly proportioned as the pattern companies would have you believe your supposed to be. I liked making children's clothing when m daughter was young easy to fit

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Date: 11/24/12 12:18 PM

My Mom was thier perfect size 14 pattern. She could not understand why a larger pattern did not fit me right out of the envelope. Because I have curves is why!

I took in October 2008 the Palmer/Pletsch Fit for Real People class. In the last 2 years I have twice attended Fit Reviews for new patterns. I went once for a pair of pants and again last summer for a classic shirt pattern which ready for fabric. I already made the pants once. Just no desire to make anything else. I am still thinking of putting the buttonholes in this week for my pj top I made 2 years ago.

For my pj top, I have since had to lower the pocket, as I could not get my hand in it. That was a class project using the PP pattern, but not taken at PP. On the top, I wanted the pocket to be a bit higher, and the teacher decieded where the pocket was going to go! Way too high up. I wanted it a little higher than the pattern showed, but not 3 inches higher. I lowered it and it is much better. I just never seem to finish clothing.

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