5 things you should do when sewing…

…that I don’t do

1. Wash fabric before use

When I washed my Dress Shirt there was some serious breath holding and crossing fingers in the hope it hadn’t shrunk (it hasn’t!) which made me realise I need to start washing fabric before use (but I probably won’t)

2. Make a toile/muslin

I know, I know, I’m a bad seamstress. I’m just too impatient! I don’t have much time to spend sewing and to take the time to make two dresses would defeat the object. Fortunately I haven’t had too many problems with fit….yet..

3. Back stitching

Ooh this is naughty one – for some reason I always forget to secure my sewing by reversing my sewing machine before starting a stitch and before finishing. This led to part of my dress shirt arm coming undone…oops. I might’ve learned my lesson with that one.

4. Neaten inside seams

I don’t see the point of this one, I know it looks more professional but it takes up so much time and you don’t even see it!

5. Change the pattern

Other than shortening or lengthening the length I find changing how the pattern fits really difficult, I wish someone would write an intermediate book for dressmaking, there are tonnes of fab beginners books out there but none that explain how to fit clothes properly and thus I’m swimming in a sea of CB, warp, weft etc without really knowing what it all means. Although I never expected to become an expert in a few months! Hopefully this blog will document more tips as I learn them to help others out.

What other naughty habits have you picked up whilst sewing?

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