What is your sewing handicap?

You know you have one; the one pesky task that causes you to dally with a good book instead of diving into your unfinished sewing projects pile.

It is your sewing handicap. Mine is interfacing. Or specifically, fusing interfacing. If a genie granted me 3 wishes, I would surely ask for some insanely smart techno-textile geek to develop interfacing that fuses itself to the fabric. I am pretty sure I would be willing to lay the interfacing piece onto the correct garment piece. Maybe even center it slightly. But that’s it for me. For gawd’s sake, we put a man on the moon! Why haven’t we developed a better, more efficient method to adhere a layer of stabilizer to fabric by now?

Project pile for jumper & jacket
Project pile for corduroy jumper and jacket for DGD Oona

Well, despite my handicap, I need to get this corduroy jumper and jacket done that I started for my DGD. Kids have a way of growing out of clothes if you don’t get them finished up pretty quickly. This corduroy fabric is such a sweet print, and it holds a sweet memory for me since I bought it on my first trip to France 10 years ago. It has been aging for just the right project for the perfect little girl!

Sage and lavender corduroy jumper

In-process corduroy jumper

I love how quickly the jumper sewed up – no buttons, zipper, and NO INTERFACING. The pattern is OOP McCalls 5836. It just needs a hem and a bit’o trim treatment.But not too fancy  since this will be a “go to daycare or wherever” outfit, not a Sunday best. And this little girl knows how to get herself good and dirty during the day. The sign of a happy child, right?

Wish me luck overcoming my handicap on this jacket! What is your sewing nemesis?

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen






9 Responses to What is your sewing handicap?

  1. My “handicap” is tracing patterns and all that this chore entails — adding seam allowances, etc. etc. I always dread this! And if this tracing involves BurdaStyle magazine — UGH!

    That print corduroy is sooo sweet. I have made many of Gail Doane’s jackets and they are precious on all ages!

  2. making a muslin. I hate making muslins!! I want to jump into cutting and sewing up my project right away. Though of course every time I do it I have major fitting issues. You would think I would then just have a few TNT, but the siren call of new patterns! So I have a stack of (new) patterns and fabric just waiting for me to make a muslin so I can get going on the fun part of sewing.

    • Oye, I so agree with this Lynn! I do have to say that sometimes I just make my standard pattern adjustments (petite above the waist, forward shoulder, take a smidge in at the waist and a let a smidge out at the hips) and then make sure I have big enough seam allowances to play with. Of course this only works on the Vogue/McCalls/Butterick patterns that I have made the same alterations for ages. The indies need muslins. Sigh. It DOES seem a waste of time, but really can be worthwhile. Sew fairies should do all this annoying work for us while we sleep, right! 😉

  3. Hemming — finishing edges in general.

    I hate neck openings, hems, (sleeveless) arm facings, etc.

    I stink at binding, can’t stand the way facings hang, don’t want to bother with linings, so I have a big dilemma. I find myself simply serging the bottom of pants and leaving it at that. Haven’t found an easy technique for neck openings though.

    Any ideas?

    • Wow Cindy – you have given me some ideas for blog posts! Facings should hang perfectly against the garment. If they don’t, maybe they are drafted incorrectly? Are you tacking them to the shoulder and underarm seam allowances so they stay in place? And understitching?

      Binding is all practice. You will get better if you practice.

      BTW – are you referring to hemming/finishing edges on wovens or knits, or both?

  4. My handicap is unwillingness to plunge in if the style has quite a few pieces and things to insert/add. Once I start, it gets better, but the thought of having to spend so much time preparing, stitching, pressing, trying on, adjusting, etc. all those bits and pieces is a barrier….and the longer it sits, the less I want to do it!

    Having come back to sewing after a 20 year hiatus, all I want to do is make very simple things that give me joy everyday — cool nightgowns in gorgeous cottons, simple tops in unusual and often expensive fabric, fun stay at home shorts with elastic waists. Maybe I’ll get back to making more complicated things but right now I’m staying away from things that are not fun!

  5. Kay! Life is short! Sew only what gives you pleasure, and the heck with the rest of it. You are not going to get extra points for sewing more complicated things. Happy sewing!

  6. I hate adjusting patterns. I have to admit that I will sometimes not worrying about fit. I will rationalize that its okay since ready to wear is just as bad. How embarassing!

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