Another blogger Clever Girl published a post on her sewing satisfaction, and this morning a sewer on PR posted about her dissatisfaction with her sewing. Over the years I've had periods of time when I wasn't happy with my sewing for various reasons, one of them being poor fit. If it's uncomfortable and if you don't look great in what you sew you won't wear it. More recently I wasn't happy with the quality of my sewing. My grandmother always said that the inside of clothing should look as good as the outside. Mine certainly didn't. I've worked on this, and while I am still not 100% happy with my results on this front, it is much better. If you start out with a pattern that fits you, then you don't have to rip out as much and so the garment looks much fresher when you're finished. I've worked on my details. My topstitching is good. Openings are matching lengths, which is obviously front and center and if this isn't correct, than it is just glaring, as least to me. My zippers are well sewn. I still have issues with my buttonholes, but this is more a machine issue than my fault. I can make very nice bound buttonholes!
My fit has really improved enormously over the last few years. I tissue fit; I sew in an order that allows me to try on a lot during sewing. I rarely get truly surprised about fit anymore. I had a lot of wadders when I first started sewing knits, especially the more difficult, softer sorts like rayon lycras. This was particularly discouraging as I live in pants and knit tops. Part of my problem was figuring out the ease I like with various kinds of knits. It also didn't help that one of the first patterns I tried is a small brand that designs with a lot of negative ease. Not my favorite kind of fit! Now I rarely have a wadder with my knits. I have learned not to rely solely on pattern directions or to be tied to them but to use my own judgment on construction with much better results. Another thing that makes me happier with my sewing is learning to sew for my lifestyle, not just what calls to me but no place to wear it. If I take weeks to tailor a fabulous suit, but I don't wear suits, then I don't have anything to wear in my everyday life.
So on the whole, yes I am happy with what I've been sewing lately. I haven't written about my failures, but maybe I should. A lot can be learned from failure.
So are you happy with your sewing? If not, why not and if you are, share your tips for happier sewing.
Have a great weekend.
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