National Sewing Month: Final Day!

q4-round3Wow—what a month! We are at our final installment of our National Sewing Month celebration. What a month it has been. Today we hear from our final group about what (if anything) still stops them dead in their tracks or at least gets them a little sweaty. Let’s see what they have to say!

Is there any technique/fabric/type of project that still terrifies you?

Sarai, Colette Patterns, CEO/Founder: I’ve never really had much fear around sewing, so I’d say no.

Lisa, Pattern & Branch, Pintuck & Purl Social Media Coordinator: Hm. I get intimidated by fitting. I know I can learn it, but sometimes I have to give myself a little push to work on garments that I haven’t learned how to fit well yet.

Kali, Kali Zirkle Quilts: I haven’t yet dived into pieced curves in quilting (and tend to avoid them!). I would love to start making lingerie, however the combination of fit and new fabrics has stopped me so far.

Sandi, Crafty Planner: I’m not really terrified by things anymore. There are things that “intimidate” me though. Things like button holes and bras give me hesitation. But I’m currently working on the Morgan Jeans pattern so I figure if I can make jeans, I can do anything… (Or at least that is what I keep telling myself!)

Peter Lappin, Male Pattern Boldness: Nothing terrifies me, but the thought of starting a big project, like, say, a men’s wool suit, causes me a little anxiety. I worry that I may be biting off more than I can chew. That said, how else are you going to improve if you don’t challenge yourself, right?

Karin, Leigh Laurel Studios: I can sew clothing, but I haven’t yet become confident with altering patterns to fit me. This is something I’d like to work on in coming months. Perhaps taking an in-person class will help me over this hurdle.

Christine Haynes, Christine Haynes Patterns: I think the only things that scare me are things that I don’t do often, like bound button holes or welt pockets. But I wouldn’t say anything terrifies me, rather something out of my comfort zone naturally makes me a bit uncomfortable. Never forget that it’s just sewing. In the grand scheme of life, it’s all going to be okay even if you totally mess something up!

Yes, Christine Haynes! It is just sewing, and eventually you will mess something up. It is almost inevitable. But, it is just sewing. 🙂

Now we have our final bonus questions. Both of these ladies are local bloggers and their creations are amazing. Kim has a plethora of hand-mades in her closet that are drool-worthy, and Karin’s quilts and hand appliqué have me itching to try my hand at some similar projects. Take it away ladies!

What is your favorite thing you have ever sewn?

Kim, CraftyNHMom: My favorite thing I’ve ever sewn so far would probably be a tie between my favorite dress, a maxi Anna dress (By Hand London) and a giant beanbag and cover for my littlest son, the Rollie Polie (pattern: Made By Dana). It’s taken 6 years of abuse and he still loves it!

Karin, Leigh Laurel Studios: Occasionally I sew clothing for my daughter—pajamas, a night gown, a skirt with hand embroidered trim, a pillowcase dress with a matching mini version for her American Girl doll. It’s the best feeling to see her proudly wearing them and saying, “My Mom made this!” Tucking both kids in at night under quilts I’ve lovingly designed and made for them…makes me smile every day.

So, let’s take a moment and take a deep breath. Now, exhale. That feels better, right? I feel like we have learned a lot this month. From what we should have in our physical toolbox to what we should have in our mental toolbox. We have heard people say “just go for it” and that practice will eventually make almost-perfect. A big theme that we have heard this whole month is that this is a fun craft and no one is absolutely perfect. Learn from your successes as much as you do from your not-quite-successes, but let’s remember that we do this because we enjoy it. Lots of people can go and buy a new dress or a machine-made quilt from Marshall’s, but we can make our own and probably even do it better.  I hope this series has jump started your enthusiasm for your next project! We are all in this together!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in this fun series. We loved every minute of it here in the shop and we hope you did too. If you missed our giveaway yesterday on Instagram or Facebook, you have until midnight EST tonight to enter to win! Good luck and happy sewing!

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