This week, I’ve been taking stock because it’s six months since I started sewing. Six months ago I knew absolutely nothing about sewing and I was scared of sewing machines. Since then I have learned:
- to love my sewing machine;
- to thread my machine, wind bobbins, adjust the stitch type/width/length/tension, change needles and feet;
- to do tacking and seam ripping;
- to do straight stitching (still need to work on this!) and zigzag stitching;
- to do staystitching, understitching and top stitching;
- to do a basic seam and a french seam;
- to do a double fold hem;
- to do gathering;
- about cutting fabric, grainlines, selvedges and cutting on the bias;
- about reading patterns, pattern sizing, flat pattern adjustments, tracing patterns and transferring pattern markings to fabric;
- about my body shape;
- to do darts;
- to do buttonholes;
- to do slash pockets;
- to set in sleeves;
- to insert a centred zip and an invisible zip.
I’m not claiming to be an expert at any of these, but I’ve had a go at everything on the list above and I hope, with practice, to get better.
In six months, I have made:
- two envelope cushion covers;
- three sock project bags;
- two denim Ginger skirts (here and here);
- two Jasmine blouses (here and here).
My ambition was to make (at least) one wearable skirt by the end of the year, so I’m pleased I have achieved that and more!
In the next six months, I would like to become more confident using my overlocker, finish my ‘Peony’ dress and sew more wardrobe staples (skirts and blouses for work).
I hope this post doesn’t seem boastful, but I was feeling a bit frustrated with myself. I’ve seen so many amazing projects in the sewing blogosphere and I knew that I wasn’t good enough to make them. However, looking back over the last six months, I can see how far I’ve come and I feel heartened to carry on improving my skills. It’s been a steep learning curve, that’s for sure.
ETA I checked my maths this morning and I realised that I’ve been sewing for five months, not six months. Derp!