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.