January 18, 2008
I started sewing my junior year in college. I was skinny and could not find shirts that fit me well, so I started making shirts. My Mom had made clothes for us kids growing up. I helpeD out with threading needles, ripping seams, etc. Watching her sew "de-mystified" sewing; I saw that it's not magic, that it's a skill that can be acquired. I "graduated" to sewing vests, trousers, jackets. At first, I used store-bought patterns. I then started researching into pattern drafting. I perused N.Y.U.'s Bobst Library's meager collection of pattern drafting books. I went to F.I.T.'s library and did research there. What I learned gave me a good understanding and a good foundation to understanding style and fit.
I have a Singer that we (my Mom, my sister, and I) bought new back in 1978. It does straight and zig-zag stitches, and with drop-in cams, a dozen or so "fancy" stitches, which I have never used! I *still* do not have a serger, though I hear it's something I definitely should get.
I re-do it. If it's crooked stitching, a not-quite-so-curvy curved seam, a dimply dart, a too-long pant leg, I backtrack and undo and re-do. If it's a point-of-no-return mistake, like cutting the wrong side of a piece (left instead of right) and I absolutely can NOT buy any more of the fabric, I try to be creative and make the "mistake" into a design point.
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Lots of dresses and other clothes for work!
I started sewing junior year in college. Being skinny, I could not find shirts that fit me well. I watched my Mom making made clothes for us kids growing up, which "de-mystified" sewing; I knew that sewing is not magic, something I could do.
'Cause nobody can do everything, and none of us is as quick and efficient as all of us.