I’ve had a love-hate relationship with sewing. My first machine and I were completely non-compatible. My current machine is sturdy and reliable but as a 3/4 machine is somewhat limited in what it can handle. Still at this point I’ve managed to sew a whole mess of bags, a quilt, and a lot of softies. But all along I’ve been afraid to make clothing. Not that I haven’t tried…I could fill a small suitcase with the many abandoned sewing projects of half finished shirts, skirts, and pants. During this “break” I was determined to conquer this fear and picked a simple Built by Wendy pattern I’d been eying for a while. This is the end result and I must say that I’m quite pleased. Although the dress is supposed to be loose-fitting it turned out a teensy bit bigger that I’d like. I reasoned that it would be much easier to take a dress in than to put in hours of work only to find the dress too small to wear.
Here’s a closeup of the neck which took me a while to get just right and was by far the trickiest part of the project.
A few things I discovered while working on this project:
1) Start with cheap fabrics first so you won’t be heartbroken when things don’t turn out quite right. (This stuff was on sale at Joanns for a mere $2/yard.)
2) Give yourself plenty of time to get through the project.
3) Take frequent breaks. (Usually I know I’m ready for a break when I start shouting expletives repeatedly.)
4) The seam ripper is your best friend. Repeat, the seam ripper is your best friend.
While I think I might have conquered the general phobia, I’m far from feeling comfortable with these sorts of projects. Still, it’s nice to feel a bit stretched in the crafting realm and to walk away with a solid finished product. It’s been a little over a year since I took up sewing and I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress.