I am officially joining the world of sewing blogs! I am by no means trying to teach anyone how to sew. I am a beginner. This blog is how I will document what I make and also a way to keep me consistent in my sewing. For the year 2015 I have made a goal to sew something new each week. And I can now happily post that my first sewing project is complete! In December I started a Craftsy class that required me to make a skirt. (Craftsy has been so helpful for me and if you are learning to sew I recommend you check it out.) I figured I should make that my first project to finish since I was such a slacker with it in December. And who knew that when you put your mind to it and actually work hard you can finish a skirt in one week – insert sarcasm here.
I’m always super confident at this stage of the sewing process – laying the fabric and pattern out. Probably because I haven’t started sewing yet. Although over time I have learned that it’s actually my mistakes with cutting the pattern out that get me into trouble further down the road. I just get so excited to see the finished project I tend to rush the first few steps. I’m working on being patient, washing my fabric, ironing the patterns, cutting slowly, and following the pattern directions more precisely.
One thing I learned in my Craftsy class is how to finish seams. Hooray! This is something I have been wanting to do for a while. However I did not do it correctly, but I learned none-the-less. I should have done the zigzag stitch closer to the edge of the fabric. This is something I need to definitely work on, but I still get so excited when I look at the seams on my skirt. I’m also pretty proud of my darts. Yeah, those are happy to look at too. Another thing I learned, but did incorrectly, is how to sew a zipper. I was supposed to use a 7″ zipper and I purchased a 7″-9″ invisible zipper. To my untrained eye the zipper looks beautiful (a little wonky, but beautiful). To a fashion designer’s eye it looks all wrong.
I can’t lie, finding out all the things I did incorrectly brought me off cloud nine. It was good for me though. I need to know where I am making mistakes so that I can improve. Hopefully one day I will be able to finish seams and sew in zippers like I drink coffee or instantly start dancing when I hear Come and Get Your Love by Redbone.