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Mangosteen25
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Date: 4/17/14 8:24 AM

My sewing has come along leaps and bounds since I just jumped in and have been making loads of stuff. I find anything I make for my little girl seems to work out really well.

However, I'm finding it difficult to make stuff I like! Today I tried to repeat a Burda cowl top that worked quite well last time but was a little tight. Well . . . I don't know what was happening when I cut the fabric this time but the pieces seemed to be strangely odd shaped and when I finally got it all together it was tighter than the first version!!!! I will be repurposing the fabric into some leggings for my girl.

There is another t-shirt pattern I really like and I'm up to version 4 now. First was too short because I had a bit of a hemming misadventure and overdid how much I cut off, second was too pink (a friend is happily wearing it), and the third just doesn't feel right in the colour combo I chose! My sewing is definitely improving along the way but still I'm up to version four and am yet to make a t-shirt I LOVE! LOL

I also made a couple of pairs of leggings that I love but one pair has started pilling (the only jersey I have found that does so as yet) and the other seems to be too sheer as it's getting tiny holes near the seam but not on it?!

I feel like I'm just learing by loads of mistakes at the moment when I sew for me. Oh dear!

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Date: 4/17/14 9:40 AM

I've been sewing seriously for six or seven years now. Only in the last three or so have I made items that I continue to wear after the first season in which I made it. I was happy enough with it the first time, but by the next wearing season came around, I had improved so much, I had no interest in wearing it xD

I guess my point is, you don't have to make perfection!! If you're happy with it, wear it! Keep working on your skills and eventually you'll make something "perfect." <3 until then, no reason you shouldn't enjoy the fruits of your labor. :)

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Date: 4/17/14 10:12 AM

oh, many! I make mistakes in cutting, or sewing, or fabric choice. I also try out styles which end up not suiting me. I would guess that when I started sewing my mistakes were far more, maybe 50-60%. Now I KNOW far earlier when a project isn't going to work, and I trash it before finishing. Just keep sewing and enjoy the process.

oh, and I find that the amount of pre planning is proportional to my success. I think a lot of decisions get made without conscious thought, and sometimes it helps me to slow down.

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Date: 4/17/14 2:05 PM

In what year, decade or time period are you asking about?

I've had some in all years, so maybe at least 30 or more plus, even totaled. Reasons are probably hugely varied, sometimes it was decided at cut stage I just no longer even liked the style of a garment I started to make, or even the color of the fabric, or I got bored with it or or just not the best of match of fabric properties to garment, sometimes something started, then set aside for other things I wanted to work on more, and by the time I got back to it; it did not even thrill me anymore, so it was just not worth my continued sewing up time into it all at even. So, all those kind of things can and do happen.

That is not even counting at all, just way more projects that started out as one idea, and then for some reason, morphed into something else!

I don't consider all that stuff a bad thing at all, that just happens no matter what your creative/artistic endeavor of choice is sometimes!

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Date: 4/17/14 2:09 PM

Oh gosh so many. SO MANY!!!!

I do much better in general about choosing fabric/pattern/sizing but still...it isn't fool proof. There are wadders all.the.time!

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Date: 4/17/14 2:21 PM

I like to think in terms of progress not perfection. Just make what ever you want to. Sew because you like to sew. Don't worry about your skill level, just jump in and sew whatever you want to sew. Sewing and any other creative pursuit should be fun, not a burden. Make yourself happy.
I have had my fair share of projects that didn't turn out quite like I wanted them to. Oh well, that's life as they say.
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Date: 4/18/14 10:24 AM

I do still enjoy sewing and don't worry about the skill level. I was just having a moment to lament the many wayward projects of late! Onwards and upwards as they say :)

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Date: 4/19/14 5:42 PM

Yeah. Preaching to the choir here. It is always good to have a place to vent. :))

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Date: 4/21/14 10:33 AM

Don't be so hard on yourself..as I read in another post " some things are made for washing the car in,and some are made to wash the car".

Check everything twice. Measure the paper pattern to make sure it will fit your measurements( without seam allowance)
Check that the grain of fabric is going the right way for the fabric.
Check that the greatest stretch on knits is going around the body.
Check that your fabric has the right amount of stretch for the pattern.

Go to the shops first to try on different styles to see what suits you,then go buy a pattern that will give you a similar look.
That saves time and money.
It's not quantum physics, so you'll get it. Just take one step at a time.we do this cause it's fun,no pressure .at least you can be thankful that your wadders can be turned into useful childrens clothing.
-- Edited on 4/21/14 10:37 AM --

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Date: 4/21/14 11:21 AM

Quote: MrsCharisma
Oh gosh so many. SO MANY!!!!



I do much better in general about choosing fabric/pattern/sizing but still...it isn't fool proof. There are wadders all.the.time!

You write numerous reviews on PR. They are excellent and fun to read.

You write numerous posts on the message boards. Once again, they are excellent and fun to read.

So where in the world do you have time to make wadders?

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