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:
- Always buy more black and white thread that you think you need. You will run out of both at the most inconvenient moments.
- It is always the right decision to buy zips of a single colour in multiple lengths.
- You may need to actively remind yourself to eat and drink.
- Fray stopper will transform your button holes.
- Your machine will become fussy. Feed it good thread, especially for button holes.
- Button holes are so much easier when you grade your seam allowances properly.
- 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.
- Do as many steps as you can at once before moving. E.g., pin as much before stitching, stitch as much before pressing....
- Your blind hem foot works beautifully as a guide for edge stitching/ top stitching.
- Always buy 8 or more buttons. I never have enough, or any spare in case some come off.
- It is far too easy to still be in your pyjamas at 11am for a couple of days in row.
- 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?