I am back in my sewing room, and starting on a new project. Hooray! But I have to confess that while I love sewing, there are certain aspects that fill me with the opposite of joy.
I’m talking about cutting out.
I hate and despise doing this. Everything from ironing the fabric, to lining up grainlines (urgh) to drawing on dart lines (double urgh), makes me wonder why I do this stupid hobby in the first place.
Obviously there are other parts of sewing that I do like, or I wouldn’t be writing this blog. So I’ve made this handy chart as a guide to the different stages of sewing, and my enjoyment levels for each one:
Here’s the breakdown:
- Planning – 100%: My favourite part. I can spend hours leafing through Burda magazines and draping bits of fabric over myself whilst squinting into the mirror.
- Cutting out – 0%: As discussed, a low point.
- First seam: – 70%: “Yeah! I’m actually sewing! This is great! It’s going to be perfect!”
- Halfway through – 50%: Things have started to go wrong, enthusiasm for the project is waning.
- Finishing off – 30%: “Oh man, I totally messed up the collar/zip/sleeves, and I still have to hem it/make belt loops/do 12 buttonholes?!” (this is often when project gets fatally stalled).
- All done! – 80%: A moderate high. Start to plan the first time I’ll wear the new garment.
- First wear – 70%: 10 minutes of smugness followed by 8 hours of noticing all the fitting mistakes.
- First compliment – 110%: SUCCESS. Makes it all worthwhile when you can bust out the classic ‘Actually I made it myself’..
One thing I’ve noticed is that any creative effort goes through similar stages. Even writing an essay (or a blog post). The idea in your head always seems better than the finished result, and preparation always seems to be the most painful and difficult part.
Do you have similar likes and dislikes when it comes to sewing? Or are there people out there who totally love cutting out patterns?