I set aside this morning to do so some sewing, I am making a top which I had already cut it out so it was just a case of working through the instructions and cracking on with the sewing. The thing is I got very little done and I kept breaking off to make tea and it has just dawned on me that I was sabotaging myself and wasting the time that I had set aside, I think I have a case of sewing fear.
I am not a prolific sewer nor am I very accomplished, to date I have made a bag, a few cushion covers, a couple of skirts and a dress. I haven't sewed since the end of last summer when I made the dress for my daughter, in all honesty I think it is only now that I realise I was too ambitious and it was beyond my level of experience and that it has knocked my sewing confidence.
Here are a few things that I think are holding me back and my plans for tackling them
- Lack of confidence - I need to build my confidence back up, I aim to do this by facing my fear that it could go wrong and remind myself that I still have my sewing L plates on so it is OK to mess it up. I might also take a step back and make something like a simple bag to give myself a boost.
- I don't always understand what the pattern is telling me to do - I keep my laptop near me when I am sewing so that if I come across something I don't understand I can look it up on the internet and try and work out what I am being asked to do. Sometimes this works well but it can lead to me being distracted as I end up reading blogs or pinning things on Pinterest. Experience will help to increase my knowledge and a bit of self discipline is needed to keep me from being distracted.
- I don't know if I am making the correct size - I have already learnt that pattern sizes and shop sizes bear no resemblance to each other, I have taken my measurements (which are not pretty reading) and tried to workout the best size for me. The top I am working on at the moment I thought I had selected the correct size but when I pinned it together for a trial fit before I started sewing it but seemed a bit tight on the bust. I think this needs a combination of experience, research and lettuce leaves.
- Will my garment be wearable - only if you make it in the first place
Have you suffer from sewing fear? Do you have any advice on how to deal with it?
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