I love fabric, I love to sew, and I love patterns. What could be the problem? Simple. I just don’t know how to pick the right fabric for the right pattern, get the right fit, and sew the pattern well. I end up with a lot of fabric trash. Here’s an example. I made this Moss skirt from Grainline Studio in pink stretch denim from EmmaOneSock.com. I had made it previously in a linen blend and another stretch denim. love it but when I made it in a size 10, it was rather large. I did not realize how much the stretch in all those fabrics would impact my size choice. Nor did I realize that the pattern does not call for fabric with any stretch.
I bought faux suede and corduroy from StyleMaker Fabrics and made it again. I could not wait to see how it would come out. Little did I know that my expensive faux suede had no ease at all. I couldn’t sit. I had to add a stripe of ponte to each side. Now every time I look at it, I am just upset with myself for not knowing. And I’m afraid to cut into my pretty olive corduroy. So frustrating.
As one of my sewing goals for 2018, I am striving to get better at this. Here’s how:
- I acknowledge that I am still a beginner. I spend way too much time on social media looking at people’s gorgeous makes. I have to remind myself that they, too, started somewhere and probably had a lot of fabric trash too.
- I joined the 2018 Ready to Wear Fast to remind myself that I can make things rather than buy things.
- I joined Sew My Style 2018 to get discounts on good patterns and stay focused on my goal of making more of my clothes. Truth be told, I probably will not buy half the patterns. I know my limits. I am not planning to make a coat in February. But I am planning to make the Tamarack Jacket by Grainline.
- I enrolled in Skirt Skills, an online class taught by Brooks Ann Camper.
I’m hoping Brooks’ class will help me get a basic understanding of my personal fit issues. But she does not focus on commercial patterns, so I still won’t know what pattern look like on me, how a fabric will react to that pattern, and how to alter fit to make the pattern look good.
So, I ask you: how do you decide what to sew? I hope you’ll share your insight with me as I begin my 2018 sewing journey.