Thursday, April 26, 2012
Back in the Spring of 2004 when I was a fledgling seamstress I began taking sewing lessons at my local Hancock Fabrics for a short period of time to jumpstart my learning. I was privileged to have a wonderful sewing teacher named Mrs. Helen who at the time had 25+ years of sewing experience under her belt. She was a marvelous teacher and although I was only with her for only 6 months I learned alot! And her personal stories and project details were particularly inspiring.
I vividly recall how Mrs. Helen would recount incidences where she and a girlfriend would need clothes for a special weekend event and they would talk on the phone about it all day and pull out their patterns and fabric on Friday night and have an outfit ready by the next day. I would listen intensely with admiration and longing----longing for the day when I would be able to churn out sewn clothing as fast. At the times I was just learning how to sew and hadn't even really explored the element of fit. At that point I had a long way to go before that would be my reality. Then it would take me forever to sew and the results weren't always stellar. But with perseverance and hard work things began to change. Fast forward 8 years and things are definitely much different.
I have to say that "Microwave Sewing", sewing with a quick turnaround, is a concept that I've become familiar with in recent years. My recent Gala dress is an example of such an occurrence. That was an extremely quick turnaround---hey I shocked myself. After all of these years I am beginning to feel really comfortable with my sewing & fitting abilities. And with that comfort, provided I don't have any crazy logistics issues, I'm able to sew and complete garments alot quicker. And honestly speaking, I get great gratification out of know that with increased experience comes increased skill and speed. Now I like my more complicated projects like coats & jackets---things requiring tailoring and more time. But I like the thought of being able to work quicker than I ever have. I look forward to becoming a better and faster seamstress with ever project:)
Well this weekend's a bit busy for me. REALLY BUSY Actually!!!! I've got a few meetings & lots of client alterations. Despite that I'm going to try and sneak a couple of projects in. Here's a few things in my queue.
How about you? Do you often feel like a "Microwave Sewer"? Do you feel you complete projects alot quicker than in the past? What helped you get to this point? Where do you see your sewing in the future?