Monday, February 18, 2013
seventies to sleeveless
1. Only sew when you are having a good day! This may sound silly but if you are being a klutz; feel rushed or in general are having a bad day "relaxing" with a sewing project is not the brightest idea. It has taken me a long time to learn to put sewing projects away for "good" days. I was having a productive day on sunday so I decided to attempt this.
2. All the hail mary's in the world don't work before you cut up something... Even after studying how a garment is put together and accessing the fabric it won't save you from a few f-me moments. All too many times I have had fabric fray like crazy, my sewing machine decided it doesn't like that fabric and other random happenings that have lead me to wish I could go back in time. This time I thought I would have almost half an inch of fabric to hem but as I un-stitched; fabric I wasn't expecting to come off did, leaving me with mere millimeters to hem with.
3. Have a back up plan. If you really love the piece think of a few options before hand of what to do in case you mess it up. For example if for some reason I REALLY messed up the top of this dress I was either
a. going to take it to a tailor; (bear in mind this probably won't have actually happened) only once I have put on my coat and walked over to a seamstress in desperation, the answer was the lady was off that day so I went home and cut it some more...
b. be even more crazy and try and make it into a skirt.
none of these were really good options but it will save you from putting it in the fabric pile to be made into a pillow one day which most people who sew knows this will never happen.
In case you are wondering why don't I ever just take it to a tailor to begin with? my answer to that is the tailors I have been to don't quite "get" what I want them to do even if it is as simple as taking off the sleeves. I have spent the money and had a few items altered and have never felt it was worth the money. They don't come home how I though they should so I take my chances and kill vintage sometimes.