Friday, June 24, 2016

Real Life Real Sewing

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?

I look for practicality and *usually* if it fits into a need. I do sew some fun projects that don't fill an immediate need or are not practical per se, but for the most part, the items I sew need to be wearable, usable, sell-able, or pretty enough to hang up. 

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?

I sometimes wish I could plan better so that I'd have more of an interchangeable wardrobe for each person instead of certain items that can only be worn with certain other items. 
In other words, I need to do more fabric shopping! Ha! 

3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.

I think right now it is my daughter's blue Camille dress. 
She'll take it off the rack even if it's damp, and I have to tell her to wait until it is completely dry again before wearing it.
I actually had to mend it last week...she had snagged it on something and made a huge tear in it.
For myself, it would have to be my Seena Dolman top that I made out of a super comfy Girl Charlee knit.
I've worn holes into it!
All time most used/worn, I think it'd have to be the rag blankets I made for the kids' beds. 
They use them every night, and they're great for making forts as well! 

4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?

A dungaree dress I made for my daughter.
She loved it, I loved it, but the closures I bought were junk.
They didn't stay shut, so if my daughter wasn't careful, she'd lose her dress while playing.
And, then the buttons for the closures kept falling off as well, no matter how tightly I sewed them on, the thread holding them on would wear through after a couple of wears.
If you have any tips on how to keep those types of closures from ruining an outfit, please let me in on it! 
I also sewed up a pair of boxers for my husband (which never got blogged about for obvious reasons) from the Thread Theory Comox Trunks pattern, but he didn't like the fit on them and only wore them once. 
They lie dejected in his closet. 

5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?

-Make it wearable, make it practical.-

-Make/wear what you like and are comfortable in--not necessarily what is the latest fashion.-

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  1. Too true!! Wear what you like, make what you like...
    As cute as so many of the trendy patterns are, I know a lot of the time they won't get more than one wear!

  2. Very true especially for my little. She literally won't wear something if she doesn't like it, and no amount of bribery will work. So now I have to pick my sews knowing it will be something she'll actually wear regularly and like. =) Great read!


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