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Date: 6/27/13 4:20 PM

so, i've been sewing for a little over a year now. i've done a bunch of quilts, bags, and other small stuff with great success, and i really enjoy it.

so, i decided to try to learn to sew garments because i have some fitting issues (FBA and needing to lengthen sleeves in particular as the top 2 issues). i've successfully made a woven shirt & a super simple fleece pullover, but all that happens when i sew clothes is that i get so frustrated that never want to sew again! i'm pretty regularly attending an open sew class taught by a palmer pletsch certified instructor, so i know that my fit issues are worked out and that i am constructing them properly at least.

other than having shirts that actually fit, i can't find a single thing that i like about making clothes. right now i have a princess seam shirt that i can't get the top of the sleeve caps into and a first attempt at a t-shirt (don't even get me started on that one).

anybody have any recommendations/guidance/advice? am i just one of the people that isn't meant to sew garments? i'm so frustrated!

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Date: 6/27/13 4:32 PM

Take it easy on yourself!!! Try a couple of very easy things first and then get into the more complex patterns. If you never wind up enjoying garment sewing and just want to quilt that is fine to. I have been quilting for ten years and also just started a few garments. I have made 4 things I actually wear and 4 or 5 that got thrown away. As my art professor used to say keep it about process not product....Then even with a true disaster at least you can say..Oh well, I learned something.

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Date: 6/27/13 4:54 PM

I agree that you need to learn gradually by starting with really easy projects and work your way forward.
I am taking the Craftsy class "Garment Industry Secrets" taught by Janet Pray. I'm totally in love with her methods! And she is delightful to watch.
We're making an easy jacket from the pattern that comes with the class.
At some point in your learning I'd recommend you try her class; there's an absolute wealth of knowledge there.
I'm still in the early stages of my learning but I do know that I don't have talent such as the likes of Ann Rowley, but I do love the process. I just don't expect perfection from myself and I can enjoy the journey.

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Subject: i just dont think i can deal with making garments! Date: 6/27/13 5:10 PM

Don't make yourself miserable. If you keep hitting your head against the wall, go back to what you do enjoy.

You say you've made two garments successfully. Why are you so frustrated? I don't understand. As with anything else, there is a learning curve and you have to put in your time and effort.

Many here have sewn since forever ago and they will tell you that it took years to get things right. You are lucky that you are on top of fit. That puts you way ahead on the curve. I didn't get that figured out for 20 years. I am still trying to perfect pants and am close after sewing for 43 years now. So don't be so hard on yourself. This is a craft and like any fine craft it takes lots of projects to refine your skills. If it's what you want, keep at it with patience. If not, go back to your bags and quilts with a big smile on your face. It's your choice.

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Date: 6/27/13 9:30 PM

I have to say I admire folks who take up anything like sewing as adults - I don't know how old the OP is but I wouldn't want to start in on this odyssey now - I only learned to sew because my mother thought it was time I did, and that was that. I was 10 or so, and didn't have input. HAHHA...In those days the parents called the shots. So I learned and sewed for decades and just sort of didn't care about it much, mainly because I sewed what I had to or for children and myself when I felt like it. But then in middle age it hit me and I began to sew what I wanted when I wanted and only when I wanted and then I fell into quilting just recently - and I love it - especially the quilting part. But garments - I fell like that is utility sewing for me. I can do it, and I do it less and less.I do need to do some soon though...yes...must....

So - back on topic - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK and keep trying - do not kick yourself around because your fitting isn't always perfect - for sure none of the RTW has been over the years - we can guess that.Keep up the good work, and do what you feel you love to do!

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Date: 6/27/13 10:46 PM

If you have only been sewing for a year, and have made a woven shirt, that is commendable. Shirts are hard to fit, and also the techniques are "fiddley" (yes, that is a sewing term) .

If you really want to sew clothing, I suggest a skirt. Less fitting, trendy right now, easier that pants or a shirt. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Date: 6/28/13 1:32 AM

I'm rapidly approaching 40 now. I realized just a few min ago, that I will be 40 next year!

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Date: 6/28/13 6:26 AM

Auntie Ame, we're batting 50-50...i've also got 4 wearables and 4 not so great ones. After making 6 or 7 quilts in a year, i was ready for some instant gratification! only its not so gratifying to build wadders so Lellie, I hear ya. I'm an impatient perfectionist who relies on luck when starting a pattern. so you make a muslin first? i don't bc I choose easy patterns that I feel shouldn't require that tho there were 5 attempts to get the sorbetto top perfect. TWO pattern pieces! if not for a decent garment stash, I'd have given up but at this point, I need to use it or lose it!!

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Date: 6/28/13 7:38 AM

It takes a lot of practice and practice means that you are learning skills. Learning skills means there's stuff you didn't know--and it is really frustrating to find there is something you don't know!

I'm working on garment #3 right now. My first two--skirts--turned out well. However, I made full muslins of them both (right down to the zippers, facing, and interfacing), and if I had intended for those to be "wearable" I'd have to count them as failures.

Right now I'm working on my first top (woven), which means my first *real* pattern adjustments and fitting issues. It's been sobering, and although I'm getting close with Muslin #2 (I'm gonna be ripping out the back and cutting a new one, most likely, to test a sway-back adjustment), I don't think it's a shirt I'll ever really like. However, I am going to keep at it until I get the best fit I can and make the finished garment. Maybe it'll surprise me.

So, let's be optimistic and say that the final version is one I feel comfortable with. That'll be three successful or successful-ish garments and four and a half failed ones (the muslins).



I think I read two good suggestions recently: Pick a fabric type (knit or woven) and really learn to use that before you move on to the other, because they have to be treated differently (I chose wovens); and make the same garment several times in a row with different "looks" so you really get those skills down. I haven't tried the latter, but I think it's a good idea. After this shirt, I might go back to my A-Line skirt pattern and make up several in different wovens, suited to summer wear.

Don't give up so quickly, unless you are really miserable about your oopses. Everyone has them. When things get frustrating, take a deep breath, ask for advice, read over the responses, and put your sewing away for a day or so (but not too long) so you can get over the annoyance and look at your project as a fresh, fun experiment.

I hope that helps.

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Subject: i just dont think i can deal with making garments! Date: 6/28/13 10:56 AM

Yes, go easy on yourself. It sounds like you are doing everything right and things will get better but occasional wadders are standard even for experienced garment sewists.

Sometimes the last piece of the puzzle after you have construction skills and fit issues mostly dialed in is matching fabric type with pattern style. I think this has been the hardest skill for me to learn and the most common reason for wadders these days.

You will find lots of discussion about sleeves not fitting into armscyes due to excess ease and other drafting nightmares common in purchased patterns and there are tricks to fix those things. Your instructor should be able to help you there. Also, that's one of the things that makes this site so valuable. You can ferret out drafting issues on patterns that have been reviewed in advance and can see lots of pictures of most patterns made up for real bodies. Look for patterns where reviewers have mentioned the sleeves going in nicely and that look good on people who share your body type.

Finally, I would say if you really hate sewing garments and enjoy making quilts and other items, there is no reason not to give yourself permission to do only what you enjoy. You can even pay someone to alter RTW clothes to fit you while you are happily quilting away.

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