Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Darts, Gathers and Resizing

Patterns have always been a little daunting to me, to say the least. Ever since I witnessed my Mum stressing out over cutting a pattern out herself when I was a little girl, I have had this inbuilt fear of cutting out fabric and realizing I cut it out wrong, or that I would miss important little nodes or dots.

Doing this dressmaking course is exciting. I am thrilled to be studying something that I love and pursuing a bit of a dream of mine - Making clothing for a living. Even though I will most likely make clothing on the side, it's still a wonderful thought that someday, someone will wear something I have made. 

Although exciting, it also comes with confusion. I look at a pattern layout and understand what pieces go where.. But I struggle to understand how to make things bigger or smaller and where to add darts in this process.

All of this will become clear to me as I go on through the course, I know. I am trying not to get ahead of myself. Take deep breaths and embrace it. Anxiety can be bad like that. It fuels the fear and causes me to hyperventilate. I need to try and turn this into a fuel, so I can see it as an adventure, rather than something I want to avoid.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Study time!

I've had a little rest from blog writing.. Though I have still been sewing. After much consideration over the past year, I've finally chosen a course to study - a Certificate in Dressmaking & Pattern Cutting though an online college. This works best for me as I'm still at home with my busy little toddler!

I am both excited and a little nervous as it's been a few years since I last studied anything.. and even then it had nothing to do with sewing! So.. I will try and blog more often and share some little bits and pieces. I'm not sure how often I will get to sew anything other than for college, though I'll try and do a little something here and there!

I really love retro clothing and hope to do more with this style when it comes to making something of my own in the future. I love looking at all of the different patterns and styles though unfortunately I get a bit lost when I look at patterns. Hopefully within a few months I will have a better understanding of patterns and how to read them properly and the proper techniques involved. :)

So.. here goes :)