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Date: 7/22/13 8:51 PM

I know sewing will get faster and faster as I practice, but my mind boggles when I read reviews where people put together dresses and tops (that look nice! that they'd never sewn before!) in 2-3 hours of sewing time. How do you do it? I'm pretty sure that my current project is going to be a good 30 hours or more, and it's as basic as basic can be.

Is it that some of you are blessed with figures that fit the patterns right out of the packages? Or is it that you know what adjustments you need to make so precisely that you can--like an Iron Chef with a pair of cooking knives--slice, dice, and splice your patterns in mere minutes?

I know a lot of people don't make muslins (or make wearable ones for their first go at a pattern), and that is adding a lot of time to each project for me. But I've yet to find an "instant gratification," nice and easy thing to make. One that goes together without a hitch each time. Or the first time, to be sure.

Perhaps I should pick out some comfy cotton and make hubby a pair of pj pants. He told me not to bother with a muslin--because if I made one, he'd just wear that, too, no matter how imperfect the fit.
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Date: 7/22/13 9:11 PM

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Perhaps I should pick out some comfy cotton and make hubby a pair of pj pants. He told me not to bother with a muslin--because if I made one, he'd just wear that, too, no matter how imperfect the fit. :biggrin:

Do it! He sounds like a winner!

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Date: 7/22/13 9:25 PM

He is! And he's desperate for pjs! However, getting fabric and notions for PJs will require another trip to the garment district. Very dangerous, truly.

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Date: 7/22/13 10:48 PM

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However, getting fabric and notions for PJs will require another trip to the garment district. Very dangerous, truly.

Buying online would be less dangerous?




What sort of fabric would you use for PJs?
Maybe a cotton sheet from the thrift shop would work?
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Date: 7/22/13 11:12 PM

Ha! I have made many tops now, moreso than other garments. I have a couple of fitting issues -- a left shoulder that slopes downward more than the right and swayback and should do FBAs. Although, I have to admit I *JUST* figured out the logic behind an FBA! It finally clicked into place for me. I have been grading patterns (e.g., my latest top was cut a 12 at the neck/shoulders and graded out to a 14). I haven't done a swayback adjustment and probably won't...except on my fitted (woven) blouse or jacket...or fitted dress.

I do extensive flat pattern measuring now and it works. I don't like to muslin. I won't...I will muslin pants and probably anything made from special fabric or special occasion garment.

My last two knit tops were made in about 3 hours each. I can't count how long it took to make the pants I made. There are a lot of details that took a long time. :)

Also...shhhhhh...I don't trace! I will probably trace my expensive (Indie) patterns but the Big 4...nope.

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Date: 7/23/13 1:05 AM

If it's any consolation, I sew a lot. I'd like to think that I also sew quickly and efficiently and I never make a muslin. I do not finish even a simple t-shirt in 2-3 hours from start to finish. Great if there's people out there who can. Maybe the second time I use the same pattern that's already correctly fitted and I know how it's suppose to be constructed it goes a lot faster. To me it's a hobby. I'm not racing against the clock like my mom did on the sewing line.

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Date: 7/23/13 1:34 AM

The reason why many of us finish in so short of time is that we are repeating what we are sewing and are familiar with the process. When we make the same shirt/top/blouse/skirt/pants two to three times in a row, sometimes we can "do it in our sleep". But that's not to say we didn't start out going really slow--we did. It's just that there are TNT patterns (Tried and True) that are familiar to us and we don't need toread the directions every time we make it.

Don't be so hard on yourself! You'll get there!

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Date: 7/23/13 8:03 AM

Thank you! I'm not trying to be hard on myself, I'm just so stunned when I read that something--especially something that a reviewer hasn't sewn before--goes together so very quickly. Right now, I can't imagine working out fit issues and getting the whole thing done so fast.

Perhaps if I try the PJs or the A-line skirt that I made before that fit pretty much out of the envelope . . . But when I do the latter, I'll be learning how to do an invisible zipper, so that'll add time.

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Date: 7/23/13 8:20 AM

Repetition makes even relative beginners seem quick -- I have a t-shirt pattern I can knock out on my overlocker in about 1.5 hours from flat fabric to hanging on a hanger ready to wear, because I've made 6 already. However, the FIRST time I made it, it took me about 4 hours, even though it's really REALLY simple: stretchy fabric so the fit is forgiving, kimono sleeved, just 4 seams, a neck binding, sleeve hems and a body hem.

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Date: 7/23/13 8:47 AM

I've made *my* Marlene pants now 4 times :)
One has a minor change (zip to side) which caused a minimum 3 hour mind crash till I figured it out LOL ... but now I reckon I could whip em up in a couple of hours, maybe. If everything went ok... possibly...

But I don't really want things to go too quick, I rather like the process more than the deciding what's next and getting sorted and organised :)

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