Time to get thoughtful and maybe a bit introspective with my top 5 reflections on my sewing over the last year.
Okay, let’s go.
1. I love sewing with knit fabric and I love wearing it even more. I am so grateful that Manfriend’s mum gave me her overlocker this year and I started sewing with stretch fabrics. It’s quicker, more comfortable to wear and easier to fit. Love.
2. I rarely give myself enough time. A lot of my sewing seems to have deadlines and as with everything else in life I always bloody procrastinate and then I’m left sewing right up until the last minute. My By Hand London Flora being a case in point. If I’d made it sooner I could have done something about the fit issues.
3. Having a sewing room is great but it does make me feel a bit shut off and unsociable. Of course the manfriend doesn’t especially care, he gets to read comics in peace or watch silly cartoons on Netflix. Though I like cartoons now (I have binge watched a lot of Archer over the Christmas break) so he doesn’t need to wait until I’m elsewhere to watch them. I think in our forever house I would like my sewing room to be downstairs.
4. I hate zips. I hate wearing things with them in and don’t particularly like sewing them. This is probably one of the main reasons I like knits so much. I’m really inflexible and struggle with doing zips up by myself, it’s an exercise in contortion and Manfriend leaves for work before I do. I cope much better with side zips so I think I have to start moving the zip to a side seam when I sew woven dresses with them in.
5. I also hate sleeves. Woven ones anyway. I’ve said before but the whole concept of “easing” is alien to me and I just can’t do non gathered sleeves, puckers all over the place. Practice practice practice I guess.