What did I learn at my adult Sewing Garments Camp last summer at The Make Den?
I picked a challenging project that stretched me and I learned a great deal.
Irene is really patient.
When you work really hard she will match your effort every step of the way.
Fitting issues. I have narrower shoulders and it is relatively easy to adjust the pattern.
Bagged linings are not that hard. OK may be a little hard.
Experienced sewers also get mixed up from time to time and that is OK.
Keep calm and get a seam ripper, again.
Sewing works on so many different parts of my brain and I think that is uber cool: intuitive, mathematical, mechanical, 3D, 2D, design, linear, and spatial, detail, big picture…
Talking to yourself when easing in a sleeve is probably a really good thing.
Collars and lapel pattern pieces are really cool, especially now that I understand them better.
Tailored jackets have lots of interfacing and facings.
Sleeves made from two pattern pieces are beautiful.
Basting is important and it is worth the time.
A perfect fit is worth the time.
Choosing the right buttons is harder than I thought.
I really, really like fabric. Nice fabric.
If you work on anything long enough, it will get finished.
Now that the garment is finished the end result isn’t as important as I thought.
I adore sewing garments.
I love being with other people that share that passion.
I didn’t really believe the notion that a sewing studio could become one of my communities. But it happened and I am grateful.
The next session of Sewing Garments Camp it running the week of September 22nd-26th.