Step 1: Complete

The worst part of sewing for me is the cutting – not just the pattern, but the fabric too. I spent the better part of the afternoon yesterday doing just that, cutting.


It took a bit longer than expected, too. Why? I decided I was going to try to conserve fabric by doing my own layout and not following the directions. This meant, lots of multiple pinnings (I didn’t fold my fabric in many places as recommended and did a single layout – remembering to flip over my pattern for those that had to be cut out twice, or let’s hope I did). I believe that I’ve saved some fabric – not enough to make a top, but just enough to use as ‘accent’ pieces (maybe a neckline binding, waistband, etc.). Now comes the best part – sewing it up!
In other news, it appears that we have sold our house, again. We are crossing our fingers (and toes) that it works out this time around!

9 thoughts on “Step 1: Complete

  1. Maureen

    Hi,
    Congrats on the house sale. Hope all goes well this time!
    I sure could skip the cutting out part of sewing myself!
    Maureen

  2. Anonymous

    I know what you mean. I have been cutting stuff out like a made woman the last couple days. I now have a pile & still more to do. Woohhoo.
    Sending you much good house selling karma!!!!!

  3. Henriette

    Lots of karma from here too – and I totally know what you mean about cutting – that and tracing is what I hate about sewing….

  4. Joey.

    Yea, I definately know what you mean.
    I’ve been cutting pieces for a jacket for 2+ days. The pile just never seems to end.
    Granted, I do a majority of my sewing at school during my fashion class which is only 45 minutes long; it feels like once I get tables pushed together, my fabric out, and my tools, its time to go. Same with sewing, its so annoying to have >30 minutes to sew because I have to set up my machine, thread and get out my pieces all, then do everything in reverse, which takes a good 5-10 minutes every time.
    Hah.
    Good luck with the house!
    —Joey

  5. Kris

    I hear your pain… I usually make myself set aside one or two nights to just cut and watch TV. Why is it so painful?! A necessary evil I suppose.
    Good luck on the house!

  6. jemima bean

    Argh. Cutting sucks 😀
    I can’t cut a bunch at a time and set them aside tho…I can’t make myself go back and finish them! I’m a cut one finish one kind of girl 😉
    angie

  7. Linda

    I hope this is not a terrible thing to say, but I NEVER look at the pattern layout. I always do it my own way. I start with the largest pieces that get placed on the fold and then just go from there filling in the small pieces as I go along. The only time I have looked was the time I bought 45″ wide fabric for skirt pattern that could only be used for 60″. I couldn’t figure out how they got it to fit when I couldn’t. I didn’t notice my mistaked at the time I bought it because DH and DD were with me and were pressed for time. I won’t make that mistake again.
    Congratulations on the sale of your house. Keeping a house museum clean for any length of time is stressful enough without all the other problems.

  8. Linda

    I hope this is not a terrible thing to say, but I NEVER look at the pattern layout. I always do it my own way. I start with the largest pieces that get placed on the fold and then just go from there filling in the small pieces as I go along. The only time I have looked was the time I bought 45″ wide fabric for skirt pattern that could only be used for 60″. I couldn’t figure out how they got it to fit when I couldn’t. I didn’t notice my mistaked at the time I bought it because DH and DD were with me and were pressed for time. I won’t make that mistake again.
    Congratulations on the sale of your house. Keeping a house museum clean for any length of time is stressful enough without all the other problems.

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