Are you a natural?
Did you take to dressmaking like a fish takes to water? Did you fall in love with sewing with your first gathered, poofy, dirndl skirt? Did your first self-sewn t-shirt convince you that your calling had been found?
Me too. Except not.
I love sewing, but I’m not a natural. I don’t know what the heck I’m doing most of the time. I’m filled with more questions than answers.
Seriously. I’m effing clueless. Fitting? I don’t know how to. Order of construction? I’m just winging it.
Most of my problems come from going off book. Take, for instance, the dream skirt I’m working on right now. I’m using a beautiful silk linen fabric. It ravels if you just look at it. So one would automatically assume one would use their serger to finish the seam allowances. But, as you will recall, my Brother 1034 D serger is unfixable. So now, I’m left with a dilemma: how to finish the ravelly seam allowances. Simple, you think. French seams, duh. But there’s a side seam zipper. How do you do french seams with a side zipper? Yeah, I have no clue either. I tried googling it, but came up with zilch.
Oh and the Burda pattern I am using, 9-2009-121? Yeah, I’m not even looking at the directions because well, Burda. I was never even on book for this one. And I’m adding a waistband although there isn’t one included with this pattern. This leads to all sorts of questions like: If I add a waistband, how high do I insert the side zip? How do I handle the waistband closure? Yadda yadda yadda.
I’m so sick of these questions. I don’t find them fun or intriguing. I’m not excited about these questions… How do I do this? How do I fix this? How do I fit this body? I find them paralyzing. Why? Because I’m not a natural.
I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer here. Honest. This has been a hard year for me sewing wise. Yes, I have sewn a lot, but I have had tons of fitting issues. I think I’ve hit a sewing plateau. In fact, I think I’ve come close to quitting a couple of times. And my serger issue has really been getting me down lately too. I’m desperate people! In fact, I was so desperate that I went out and bought a new serger. But that’s a tale for another post.
So tell me, are you a natural? Do you have the instincts of a couture expert? Or are you a bumbling idiot like me? 😉