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Ironing Sucks.

Most sewing projects include at least one step involving pressing the seams.  And these steps

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are usually between each sewing step.  Like,

Press seams open.

Press seams together.

Press seams inward.

Press seams toward the notches.

In our house, this involves going from my dining/sewing/craft room to the bedroom to iron some seams.  It’s not fun, especially with complicated (frustrating) projects.

I know, I can leave the iron in the dining/sewing/craft room.   I ask you to think about it – does adding an upright ironing board to that room sound cozy to you?

Ironing is an annoying extra step that is so time consuming once you get focused.  Like pressing a 50 inch strip of 2 inch binding.  Dear. Gawd.  What a nightmare.  I’m seriously considering one of those over priced binding-making-doohickeys.

Pressing seams…a waste of my (impatient) time!

An obstacle to the finished product.

Interference in my focused effort to get the project finished already!

But…

It does help so much.  Sometimes when I press seams, I can skip pinning the pieces altogether.  The hooded towels I made were so easy to topstitch because I took the time to press the seams.

When I take the time to iron, the fabric is a bit crisper and lies more naturally.  It’s nice to see your project, no matter how simple or complicated (frustrating), start to take shape.  This is usually when I become proud of my work.  Kinda like putting on a pair of heels (with or without the dress, same feeling).

So from now on, when I get frustrated about my trip to the bedroom, I’ll remind myself to press on.

Tee hee…

Ironing

The evolution to seamstress…or am I there yet?

I’ve made bags.  Lots of bags.  Little ones, standard-purse-size ones, messenger bags, beach bags…

Messenger bag

Messenger bag, upholstery fabric

Lots of bags.  I’ve made a couple pin-cushions, decorative pillows, pillow cases, table coverings, garland, jedi knight robe (for my then-5-yr-old-son), sunglass cases, wallets, and other knick knacks.

I even became interested in quilting.  There are so many  modern ideas and simple methods that make quilts look really difficult to make.  Naturally, after using my son’s color suggestions, I opted for a trip-around-the-world method of quilting:

First quilt

For years I spent my sewing time in the world of knick knacks (and bags!) because if there was an error, a mis-measured step, it didn’t really matter.  The final product was still going to be a ________ and even better, it was handmade and would be, at the very least, a long remembered gift.  This has always been my justification for avoiding the world of being a seamstress *gasp*!

Making your own clothes can be intimidating!  Store-bought patterns make me nervous to no end.  My waist is too high for them, my rear end is usually too large for the petite patterns that would fit me otherwise, and I am the worst at choosing fabric that’s comfortable and my taste.

That was until I commtted to two very important things:

  1. Made my own dress form (great instructions here: Tish.TV DIY Duct Tape Dress Form)
  2. Learned how to drape my own pattern (best instructions ever: E13 Draping 101 Front and Back Bodice)

For the dress form, do not stuff with spray foam; I did this and all my pins are useless once they enter the spray foam material, which does not come off.  Just use good ‘ol polyester filling.  The draping video is awesome.  Enough said.

This is my dress form

Dress Form, custom!

This is my first dress I made using the form, which just happened to be my wedding dress (simple bodice with full circle skirt):

my first dress

My next two projects are to complete a half-circle skirt and a dress, both out of linen.  It’s the end of summer, and down here in Houston all of us can never have too many light & easy linen outfits in our closet.  Summer is synonymous with most of fall…and winter…and, well, you’re getting my point.  Hopefully I can post an update with photos in a couple days!

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