I currently have 3 dresses hanging in my sewing room that are almost done. One needs a hem and is waiting till I have black thread in the overlocker again. It also needs straps tacked down and a button and loop put in the back.
The second had a zip insertion failure – even though I basted it in to start. It also needs a hem.
The third needs the back straps sewn in, a hem and a hook and eye above the zip.
So why do I have 3 almost dresses just hanging about when my goal is to get top 52? The answer I came to over the weekend is that I am frustrated in my sewing skills and writing this blog is highlighting this to me.
I got taught to sew by my Mum when I was 9 or 10. I took the basic home ec sewing classes in form 1 and 2 and apart from the odd conversation with my Gran or Mum when sewing while growing up I am mostly self taught. I have learnt a lot from reading blogs, books and pattern instructions. My frustration is because I know what I want to create but have not done it enough to be able to do it masterfully – putting zips in being a prime example.
When I used to make 3 or 4 items a year and had a struggle it was not so obvious. Now that I am trying to sew more – the mistakes are coming out more. I have also realised in trying to describe what I am making that I don’t have the language… types of fabric, techniques and so on.
I have attempted a cut in slash in upgrading a pattern with reasonable success. And I have managed to make 2 t-shirts, 6 dresses and a skirt already this year already. So I need to stop wallowing in self pity and just finish the list above so I can move in to the next pretty thing.