The sewing process begins before you get to the cutting table. It begins with an idea of how you want to look and how you want to feel.
And after you’ve been inspired to create something, it’s time to jump into planning so that you can bring your dream to life.
Now, you can approach the sewing process in one of three ways:
- You could use the fast food method, which is like speeding through a Mickey D’s drive-thru for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; or
- You can slow down, take a deep breath in and exhale slowly, and use what I call the Ritz Carlton method, which is akin to taking small bites of yummy, delicate tea sandwiches and sipping a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea on a Sunday afternoon.
It’s up to you, but…
I whole-heartedly recommend the latter, or at the very least, a middle ground between the two.
By breaking up the process, I guarantee you are less likely to feel overwhelmed and sewing will be more pleasurable.
For example, you could do it this way…
Day 1 ~ Entertain your dream and make your plan! Then, relax and just visualize yourself sewing your insanely pretty dress without incident throughout the day.
Day 2 ~ If you don’t have the required fabric, then it’s time to go shopping for your dreamy fabric and notions. Make a list and check it twice. Because it can be beyond annoying to be in the sewing groove and have to run out for some notion you forgot.
Oh, and make sure to buy the fabric worthy of your dreams! Because sewing with fugly fabric is nonsensical!
Day 3 ~ It’s time to pre-wash , dry, iron, and square your fabric.
Day 4 ~ Okay! You’re are close to getting to the really good stuff: sewing! Today you will layout your patterns pieces; cut out them out slowly and carefully; and then, finally, transfer pattern markings to your fabric. Whew! Go rest.
Day 5 ~ It’s time to get busy sewing. Depending on how complex the garment is, you may need to break up the construction process either throughout the day or over the course of several days. Please leave hemming for the next day. Just let your dress hang overnight!
Day 6 ~ OKAY, so you’re sliding into home. It’s now time to hem your dress, trim any wayward threads, and add any needed finishing touches.
Day 7 ~ Flaunt it!
Hey, you! You did it!
Sewing is our hobby. It is something we love to do. For many of us, it is what we do to soothe our fractured souls.
If you truly want, you can find 15 minutes here and another 15 minutes there most days of the week to dedicate to the care and feeding of your soul. This done every day will allow you to sew your way to a finished dress!
FACT: Life is busy with all sorts of “urgent” and “important” matters. But you can choose not to let busyness keep you from spending quality time with your sewing machine.
And if a sewing session stops being fun or you’re so tired you find yourself nodding off between stitches, it is time to turn off the power to your sewing machine, give your machine a loving caress, and then cover her up. Because tomorrow is another day and a second chance.
Finally, if a project is making you feel like you’ve entered purgatory, ditch it! Life is too short and too ridiculous in a million other ways to deliberately choose to continue slaving over a sewing project from hell. Just assess why this project failed, extract a lesson if you can, and move on.
Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it!
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