28 October 2014

How to Lose Your Sewjo in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1:  Start a sewing project involving two patterns from the same company with similar pattern numbers.

Somehow I thought it was a good idea to cut out both New Look 6407 and New Look 6704 at the same time and out of the same fabric.  Let that marinate for a minute.  SMH

Step 2:  Combine stretch cotton poplin with step 1.

I love me some stretch cotton poplin - except when I hate it.  I get excited about how the fabric can help with fit and then highly annoyed at how it puckers like crazy.  I have steamed the shit out of these princess seams and the puckers keep coming back as if an iron never touched it.

 New Look 6704

Ugh x 100!  I did a lot to get the front bodice to fit (future post), but these wrinkles are just wrong.  Maybe I need to add some more length to the front panel to help ease the princess curve.

I haven't decided if I will finish it or not.  Maybe I will just to get practice on the techniques.  Will I wear it?  Um........no. New Look 6407 is coming along much better.  I used french seams throughout and the puckers aren't nearly as bad.


I think the bust curve is too high, though.  I didn't notice that on my first version perhaps due to the busy print.  I love that shirt and have worn it several times already.

Step 3:  Be inspired by what everyone else is making. 

Inspiration is a good thing.  Not finishing two shirts in progress and wanting to move onto something else - not so much.  Area 51 is already bursting at the seams (hah, so punny) and doesn't need any more visitors.  I need shirts and think both of these have great potential.  BUT...the puckers...
 
Step 4:  Be so tired that you fall asleep as soon as you sit down.

This has happened for the last seven weeks.  I'm not kidding.  Y'all know I usually skate Friday nights.  In the last seven weeks, I've only been skating once.  Last Friday, I had EVERY intention of going.  I sat down and closed my eyes for (what I thought was) 20 minutes.  Lights on, clothes on, everything.  I woke up two hours later.  Oops.

How do you lose your sewjo? =)

L

23 comments:

  1. Oh. my. gosh. I seriously had mouth agape at sentence #1. That's a sure way for me to lose my mind.

    I hope you get some rest! When your body starts shouting well... ;-)

    Those are both cute patterns and hopefully you power through and finish the one at least. BUT there's nothing wrong with chucking them in a corner and going with an instant gratification sew! My mojo floweth over most of the time and I think that only being sick causes it to go bye bye.

    ooh, re: inspiration. The SBC is a strange bird. You're so super extra excited to see what people are making yet you then decide you need to do a complete 180 from what you KNOW you need/want to sew because OOOOH! Look at THAT! Sigh...That's something I have yet to overcome. I am sitting here now with pen and pad trying to make myself stay on track with my plans.

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    1. Haha. Yeah I had a total genius moment with that one. The sleeves, collar stand, and collar were *just* different enough to drive me insane. And, of course, I didn't label all of the pattern pieces.

      As for inspiration, my mind is all over the place with what I want to make. Some folks are starting a certain coat sew-along. Ugh! =)

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  2. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your fatigue and lost sewjo! My sewjo dies when I can tell that a project isn't turning out the way that I want it to.

    I'm not sure what to tell you about the puckers. I get those sometimes on armscye princess seams, too, especially when I'm using a lighter weight fabric like poplin. Maybe it has something to do with the curve created by the size of our FBA's?

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    1. The puckers are from the large FBA for sure and also because I think the front panel is a smidge too short. Anyway, that shirt isn't even in the magic closet. It's in the magic trash can. =)

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  3. Damn puckers. I went to a jacket fitting course and the instructor said there is a definite way to sew the princess seam - which piece goes on the bottom etc but for the life of me I can't remember.

    Hope you get your sewjo back soon.

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    1. I think the piece that needs to be eased goes on the bottom. Since I use a walking foot, I never pay any attention to which piece is on top/bottom.

      Damn puckers is right!

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  4. Those pattern numbers! Would go wrong with me. I lose my sewjo when something is taking too long (by complexity or because of other life interferences). Had to scrape all my good intentions together to restart working on my coat, which I did tonight, and see me sitting at the computer again ;)
    best wishes, hope you'll get your energy back soon.

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    1. I know! I have two more New Look patterns using those same four numbers: 6074 and 6470!

      I still have a jacket in Area 51 that I started in...wait for it...2005! I can't believe this thing will be ten years old next year. All I need to do is hand-sew one sleeve and topstitch the outside. I am so not in love with it, but I don't want to throw it away because it was my second jacket ever.

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  5. Having a promising idea turn wadder will bring my sewing to a halt every time.

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    1. lol, I know. Me too. I hope you get back your sewjo soon, L.

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    2. Yes...wadders, wadders, wadders, will get my sewjo every time! I hope you are grooving again soon! Sometimes a good night's sleep can turn things around, and make you see the garments you are sewing in a new way. Good luck!

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    3. Oh my gosh, Faye. Yes! Wadders will deplete the sewjo with the quickness.

      Thank you Sewing CPA and Vanessa! I'm trying to get some sleep and hopefully some sewjo soon.

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  6. My sewjo is just returning. I lose mine from time to time; I even swear off sewing all together when I get frustrated with a project I have spent a huge amount of time on and it just does not fit right or just really not me. I am sure your sewjo will return.

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    1. I definitely know that feeling, Linda. It stinks to spend so much time on something only to have it not turn out the way we envisioned.

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  7. Your post made me smile. Area 51 ...we all have one in the dark areas of our closet! I hope your mojo returns soon.

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    1. Aww, I'm glad my post made you smile. =) The mojo is slowing coming back.

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  8. I know the feeling...I am struggling now to break or not to break. FIESTA ANYHOW ;)

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    1. Break! Especially if there's chocolate involved. =)

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  9. I've been going towards my sewing room since 7am & here it is almost noon lol! try making a dress only to discover you cut & sewed the back 2 sizes smaller than the front that will cure you from sewing for a long time lol
    Helen

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    1. I've definitely done that. I'll go into the sewing room all hyped and ready and then get sidetracked with doing something completely else. Mopping the floor, organizing this, cleaning that. By the time I'm done, the urge to sew has waned significantly.

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  10. Yes, right, umm, I could see what was going to happen with the prelude of number games with the patterns.

    I find poplin hard to work with, it's a close weave and doesn't ease very well - add the stretch and you are in trouble. Sometimes I just then flip and topstitch the puckers down, but not sure this would work for these curves. I guess you eased the fuller seam first with an easing thread. Also, that piece would stretch more, against the other side - I would push and pull a seam like this, but that is not so easy on a domestic machine. Sometimes I lift sewing up so I'm actually sewing convex/concave - practice on some pieces, just the bodice fronts - you could cut your wadder up and practice the seaming technique on this fabric.

    And if you need to sleep, catch up with that, and start a new and exciting project and go back to the practice later with a bit of emotional distance. I've just spent hours on a pattern that is going to be a wadder, and was disillusioned last night. Last thing I did was pull out a pattern I have always wanted to make - and I'm glad I did, because the mojo came back with it - and recently that has been missing, it's just been determination that kept me sewing :)

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    1. Oh Sarah Liz, I don't know what I was thinking when I cut those two shirts out. Maybe I was trying to conserve time or something. Anyway, this definitely didn't help the sewjo!

      You're spot on with your assessment of poplin. Any time that I've sewn it, it's been difficult to handle. The top I sewed using Simplicity 2151 wrinkles like crazy and has difficult-to-press wrinkles. While they're certainly not as bad as this shirt, they're still there. The floral New Look shirt I made has zero stretch and is a simple cotton shirting. It was difficult to sew, but took very well to the iron and has zero puckers.

      I've chosen not to go forward with the puckered shirt; it's just too much and unsightly. I will add a bit of length to the pattern piece and try the shirt again in a cotton non-stretch chambray.

      I don't feel like I need to sleep because I sleep so often already. I just always feel fatigued. I joined the Pattern Review Sewing Bee. Maybe that will jump start the sewjo.

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