Thursday, January 26

Perfection-Paralysis: New Patterns in Development

Hello everyone....Just to update you on my current activity... I am so very excited to finally share with you that I have been working on designing sewing patterns for a very long time.  This has been in the works and I have been building towards sharing this for more than seven months.  I have begun to shake the perfection-paralysis problem I suffer with personally.

This will challenge me as I continually remind myself that perfection as an end result is not the objective, but a perfect pattern can be elusive if I allow perfection to stagnate my work.  You see, outside of social media, and way before I began blogging, I commissioned myself after finishing school, as a pattern designer for several of my classmates, local designers, and neighborhood tailor and dressmaker shops who needed someone to execute custom designs.  I began with the close oversight of my pattern design professor as a constant help for the hard parts.  Then as my years have gone by, along with my desire to specialize in all types and methods of pattern fitting, I have become more confident in my abilities and now I am ready to make that leap.

Will I get over my tendency of perfection-paralysis?  Maybe not anytime soon, but I do plan to keep plugging along.  The first pattern I completed digitally, was done last year during the summer.  Was I happy with the outcome, no, but I think I was the only one who was dissatisfied.  The testers were very happy with the pattern.  So, for now I will just let my Club Sew-To-Fit members have it to see what they think.

I am currently working on auditing several different patterns, a problem I have always had, to work on multiple projects at one time.  My project list is very detailed with a bunch of checklist.  I feel as though I am birthing a clothing line for the upcoming season.  And all the time I was in school, I kept denying the "designer" title.  Now I am in the bowels of that position with illustrator, CAD software, InDesign, and all things computer.  I feel like I haven't finished sewing anything in such a very long time, that it can actually become pretty discouraging.  Be it not for all my wonderful support and regular communication with my Youtube subscribers and Periscope followers, along with my near daily chats with my tireless, patient, and loving accountability partner, I would probably put it all aside and just peddle along "wishing" I could get this all done.

Thank you all for constantly reading and commenting on my blog.  I know for sure if you waited for me to comment before you comment on my blog, mine would probably never get visited.  I so very much enjoy reading all your blogs, but I just can't keep up with everyone as closely as I would love to with reading and responding to every single one.  Please know I am here, and I enjoy all of what you all do.

For now, I am going to continue focusing on my projects and know that you will be very happy with the results when I finally reveal the final outcome.  I'll continue to keep you posted on the progress.  Currently, I have a Work Journal here on the blog if you would like to keep up.

Again, thanks for keeping up.  I really appreciate all of you.

Tuesday, January 10

Silk Crepe De'chine Blouse: McCalls 7093

I think I was in the mood for color blocking.  Which is why I ended up making two blouses in the same day.  This post is for this silk raglan top.  The fabric set on my to-sew pile for quite a while, during my "no sew" humdrum blah mood.  While I was in that ho-hum mood, I mentally constructed each top completely.  Here is the silk one....

Monday, January 9

Color-blocked Top Finished: Butterick 6287

Hey everyone,
I had to do a quick top to get my sewing mojo back, so to speak.  Aside from having had throat surgery and other major holiday happening, I have been mentally on my moms cape jacket and have had issues with fabric stains and the like.  So, needless to say, my drive to work on that project was stammered.  I have been wanting to sew for sure.  That's why I decided to go ahead and knock out something quick for her to get me back into the game.  The fabric is the same beautiful quality double sided rayon/spandex knit I got from Sew Much Fabric as I got for my "almost reversible" dress.  She is out of this color, but I have my eye on this gorgeous blue jean/saffron version.

I got this top completed in about 2 hours while periscoping the entire process during my regular "Sew & Chat" sessions.  I will try and let you know ahead of time when I will be doing a Live Sew & Chat, via my Instagram and Facebook page.  Just make sure you follow and select the "receive notifications" in order to be notified when I go live.  I'll let you know when I plan to go live via periscope or my YouTube channel.  Eventually, all these shows will be on Youtube, but right now, I'm having problems working out my flow.  Since periscope is so much easier to manage than youtube for live filming, you may see me there as well.



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