Tuesday, 23 April 2013

10 things I've learned about sewing - introduction

A comment from Deirdre on my recent post about learning styles really made me think. I've been learning about sewing for so long - do I have some lessons to share?

At first I leaned towards 'no'. I only consider my skills beginner/intermediate. I'm still absorbing so much information from others, and have so far to go.

On the other hand, I have improved my skills recently. I initially learned to sew from my Mum - probably 25 years ago. But until I threw myself in the deep end by sewing alone, here in Auckland, I never challenged myself much or developed new skills.

An early attempt at eveningwear. That's me on the right, about 10 years ago. The first thing I sewed without help from Mum was this shiny poly-satin ballgown, on a 30 year old machine I found in the basement of my university dorm. I cut it out on the shared kitchen table, as there wasn't enough space in my room. Thankfully, it wasn't a disaster!
After getting so much help from the online sewing community, I'd love to give something back... even in the smallest way.

I'm going to share, in a series of posts, ten concepts that I think have improved my sewing. They aren't new or innovative. A lot of them could be extrapolated to other hobbies (hey, maybe I could expand this idea to photography!).

Each week, there will be a new concept or idea to discuss. If you bookmark this page, I'll add a link to each lesson as they're posted.

Hard-won sewing tip #1: Quality Hardware

Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Kat, I'm really looking forward to these posts. It all helps.

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    1. I'm sure I learn more from you than you will from me! But I know as/when I was a beginner, sometimes it helps to have someone who is not 'too far ahead' to help with questions. I doubt that I'll intimidate anyone!

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  2. Your first solo project looks amazing! I love the story that goes with it, too.

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    1. Thank you, but trust me when I say it looks better from a distance than up close ;-)

      I loved making it, and all my college friends were suitably impressed. It was pure coincidence that my dress coordinated so well with my friend Erin!

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    1. It was a Howitt Hall ball, I think... but possibly I wore it to an Eng Ball too. Either way, it would have seen quite a bit of VB and craziness!

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  4. Look forward to reading - love the red gown.

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    1. Thank you - I think I still have the dress, but it definitely won't fit! I'm looking forward to putting the posts together.

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