Based on some conversations on PR, Debbie Cook of Stitches and Seams asked and answered some questions about her sewing habits. Knowing that us blog-folk like to share, it'll be no time before everyone is posting their own answer to "The Questions." Since I like hopping on and off bandwagons from time to time, here are my answers:
1. Do you cut with your fabric RS or WS out?
I cut with the fabric mostly WS out. This way, I can make all of my markings as I lift the pattern paper. For plaids (which I have yet to sew), single-layer pieces, or when watching motif placement is important, I cut with the right side out.
2. How do you make your pattern markings?
It depends on the fabric. Most of the time, I use old pieces of natural soap or wax tracing paper for dots, darts, or other important markings. For white or delicate fabrics, I use small pieces of low-tack painters tape to mark the right/wrong side and dots. To mark notches, CF, CB, or fold lines, I snip into the seam allowances.
3. Do you follow the cutting layout in patterns?
Nope, though I used to when I first started sewing. At some point in time, I stopped looking. I try to lay out the patterns to minimize waste.
4. Are you obsessed with re-folding your pattern tissue on or very close to the original fold lines?
Never. Well, maybe not never. I take the time to fold BWOF magazine and Jalie pattern sheets. If I need to trace a pattern, I cut around the piece(s) to be traced and then fold it in anyway that makes it fit back into the envelope. If the pattern has lots of pieces and tracings, I put them both into a 1-gallon Ziploc bag - again folded any old kind of way.
5. Do you make all of the markings?
Most of the time. I save buttonholes for the end. Notches, tuck lines, and anything that helps construction are marked.
Anyone else jumping on "The Questions" bandwagon?
The only thing I have left to do with the Indygo Junction coat is the hem. I've played around with the belt several times and can't find a layout that I like. So, I will probably not stitch the belt to the coat and, instead, leave it free hanging with belt loops or a buckle. I am still waiting on the buttons. They didn't go in the last firing and I don't know when they will. In the meantime, I will get some pictures in the next couple of days.
My next sewing project will be....wait for it...an attempt at a button-front woven blouse. Anyone who knows my sewing history knows that this has been a quest for a LONG time. I decided to join BeaJay's Scary September challenge (original post) and resume the quest for a good-fitting woven blouse. She's already posted an update of risk-takers. At this rate, I might be rolling my project into Onerous October. =)
Until next time, peace!