Saturday, 11 July 2015

Lessons from my sewcation

For the past week, I have been at home merrily stitching my way through my plans for a summer wardrobe while watching a lot of Wimbledon. The sewcation was strategically planned, allowing me enough time to go and buy items for my upcoming holiday if I didn't have time to complete these items. I did well though - seven items will be completed by the end of tomorrow evening. The Vintage Shirt Dress has already made its way here and I'll get the others all up as soon as I can but here's a photo to keep you going.


To make up for the lack of photos of a shiny new item, I thought I would share some observations, lessons learnt or reconfirmed over the past few days:

  1. Always buy more black and white thread that you think you need. You will run out of both at the most inconvenient moments.
  2. It is always the right decision to buy zips of a single colour in multiple lengths. 
  3. You may need to actively remind yourself to eat and drink. 
  4. Fray stopper will transform your button holes.
  5. Your machine will become fussy. Feed it good thread, especially for button holes.
  6. Button holes are so much easier when you grade your seam allowances properly.
  7. Use a bright coloured thread where possible to baste so you can see them. It makes it easier to remove them or reminds you to do this step. 
  8. Do as many steps as you can at once before moving. E.g., pin as much before stitching, stitch as much before pressing....
  9. Your blind hem foot works beautifully as a guide for edge stitching/ top stitching.
  10. Always buy 8 or more buttons. I never have enough, or any spare in case some come off.
  11. It is far too easy to still be in your pyjamas at 11am for a couple of days in row.
  12. If you don't tidy as you go along, your sewing space will look an absolute tip and will make visitor's eyes widen when they walk in to deliver a large bag of items for some unselfish wedding related sewing. 

I'm sure I've forgotten many more points that should be included. Are there any points you would add from your experience of sewing for a full day or more?

16 comments:

  1. Haha! These are so true! I've definitely been in PJs at far too late an hour on more than one occasion and had to answer the door to the postman!

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    1. I'm sure we've all been there with the postman!

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  2. Excellent commandments to follow!

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    1. I'm slowly developing my own sewing commandments!

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  3. The remembering to eat is a really important one! That's one I always forget when I'm on a sewcation. I also plan one lunch or dinner out so that I can refresh my creative mind. Glad you had a good sewcation and got a lot done.

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    1. Building in time away from stitching is important, especially when you have a block of time. I think I would have gone slightly insane without an evening out!

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  4. Fray stopper? The learning just goes on and on!

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    1. It's my new favourite tool - no more hairy button holes!

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  5. I hear you on the buying large amounts of black and white thread, I'm always running out of black in particular! Also zips in multiple lengths. It looks like you had a fantastic and very productive week.

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    1. I never have enough zips! I always think I am buying a lot to stock up but then can never find the one I want/need!

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  6. I'm with you about remembering to eat - being immersed in a project is pretty much the only time when I forget about food!

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    1. It's amazing how easy it is! I had to proactively choose my meals ahead of time to remind me to eat!

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  7. Great tips. I spent yesterday sewing as a day away from the thesis. I dumped all my fabric all over the room, and spent the whole day wading through it. Not a good ida when you live in a one bedroom apartment with your husband!

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  8. Wowsers! What a lotof lovely makes!! I'm with you on the white and black thread. Been there!

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  9. You have been SO productive! Looking forward to hearing everything about sewcation this Saturday (so exciting...)

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  10. Amazing work! Love the colour scheme. :-)

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