Thinking of a master plan


I’m working too much right now, and don’t sew as much as I would like to (=at all). I think about it a lot, though.

When I started sewing, as a teenager and young adult,  I would cut pieces of fabric out of some general idea, sew them together, try on, pin in front of the mirror and change until it fitted. When the concept of ready made patterns dawned on me, it somehow felt like cheating. Like painting by numbers. Anybody could this, surely, why didn’t they?

The more I’ve worked with patterns, I’ve come to  realize it wasn’t that easy after all. I seem to not have an understanding for 3D, I can’t understand how a dart here will make room there, so I still need to do alterations in front of the mirror, but years of experience have taught me some of the more more orthodox ways to do things.

I’m thinking of this as because I’m right now working on a dance outfit. A dance outfit has some certain requisitions: it MUST allow full  movement. Really. But at the same time I want it to look really nice and not like sweats at all. It should preferably be easy to get in- and out of, due to quick changes between numbers.

Since I’m back to working without a ready made pattern, and thinking of solutions as I go, I get the benefits of truly creative work, which are  pride, bliss and happiness when all is well. And the back side of that which is frustration and  taking up seams when they aren’t.




6 responses to this post.

  1. There is a great fitting book that you may want to check out – “The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting” from Sarah Veblen. It does a great job of showing the relationship of pattern changes when fitting. Can’t wait to see the dance outfit!


  2. 😝 I get impatient with patterns, which is really silly since I’m assuming patterns were created to save time. I just want to get it on and alter as I go. I should probably take a sewing class that works with patterns.


    • Well, yes:) it’s faster, and they can be altered anyway. I use patterns most of the time. But when there is none I just need to use my imagination and my skills


  3. Posted by The Quilt Meister on May 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I love a good costume! And I do think you can prioritise creativity over perfection, which is just fantastic. Where’s the pics?


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