Monday, April 5, 2010

...and some more lessons about pattern sizing...

I have been sewing since 2003, so I tell myself that I should know better, and yet, I've been making a serious mistake for many years: buying the wrong size in patterns.

After carefully selecting my items seen in the previous post, I was inspired to look through all the patterns I have accumulated and marvel in their wonder.  Unfortunately, it turned into something like a bloodbath as I found myself throwing most of the patterns into a pile of  "Cannot Be Used."  Thankfully, I have a brilliant friend who is also a seamstress and can use patterns in the 10-12 range. 

I still find myself rather sad about buying patterns that I cannot use.  Some were actually very recent purchases, which makes it all the more frustrating.  I am turning this whole depressing situation into a learning experience.  I am being remarkably honest with myself.  Why did I need so many patterns for gypsy costumes?  Did I really plan on making that and heading out on the town?  Or why would I buy patterns for pencil skirts?  I know they are completely unflattering on me.  And how many Jane Austen dress patterns does a girl need before she actually makes one?  Yes, it is a good thing to have to examine what I own and part with them.  It did make me realize what I did want to re buy (when JoAnn's/Hancock has a $1 pattern sale again).  I would like to make myself some jackets - but not necessarily with ruffles.  I would like professional looking skirts and blouses, and I would like these to have a vintage feel.  I can buy patterns that reflect these wants and come in my size range.

I know that my pattern errors came from being too impatient and always wanting it now now now without pausing to see what I am actually getting.  Sometimes I feel this way about sewing.  I want to wear it now without putting a ton of work into it, and this is something that is slowly changing.  My PD was actually very time consuming, and I followed the pattern faithfully.  Unfortunately, the cut was not flattering on me, but the craftsmanship was really well done (if I do say so myself).  If I want to have quality, I need to put in the time.  I also need to take my time in choosing my projects. 

Overall lesson learned: Haste makes waste and a large scrap pile.


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