The Scary Truth about Sewing Fantasies vs. Reality

Happy Tuesday Introverts! For those of you who do not know because we haven’t found each other on Instagram yet we got a puppy! His name is Jack Jack. We didn’t name him that, but the name sure does fit. He’s rumbustious and a happy little guy. He’s very attached to me and won’t leave my side so from time to time you may see a picture of him hanging out at my feet.

This brings me to the subject at hand. Sewing as many of you know is my therapy. My psychologist suggested that I get a hobby that allowed me to see projects through to the end and allow me to focus on something other than my problems and I picked sewing.

It has been great doing that the past few years with everything that has been going on with my health and my family. We’re still in the waiting process to find out how many tumors I have and how they can be removed efficiently with less additional surgeries. We won’t know if they are cancerous until they are removed and then biopsied. It is safer this way than to do it while they are still inside my body. There would be less risk of spreading cancer cells if that is what they are.

With heavy news like that most people would retreat into themselves, but I have managed to find an outlet. The problem is there are so many patterns that come out every season that I keep adding to my collection and there are only so many that I can make at once. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype. You start out by getting these beautiful patterns and make one of the views and then it sits in your closet forever because it doesn’t go with anything that you own. The truth is that finishing the projects gives me a high, but only for a little while and then that feeling dies and it is on to the next one. I put the piece in a draw or hang it up and then I’m off looking for the next extravagant pattern I can find.

For many in the sewing community that is what we do. That is the scary truth. We’re addicted. We’re sewaholics for sure. One way that I am trying to break that cycle myself is by sewing complete looks. Basically, I go back to a pattern that I have already made and make another view from the pattern. This way I have a complete look that I can actually wear together. I have also been trying to pay attention to the colors in my closet to see what I have the most of and try to find colors to match it. In this case blue has been a big one lately, which is weird because I never wear a lot of blue.

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I decided to take a chance and try a medium color denim to do a test run on a pattern. This was Mimi G’s discontinued pattern 8301. And let me tell you we have serious slept on this one. I can’t believe I didn’t buy it when it first came out. The style of the skirt is on trend. It’s has a paper bag waist skirt with an optional bib. You can also make pants out of this pattern if you like, which I may try after a few more attempts at making this skirt. The truth is that I found a piece that I would wear with anything. Finally, I didn’t spend money on something that I would never wear.

The issue with finding a pattern like this is that it’s near impossible to find multiples, which can be a pain if you are in between sizes which I have been for a few years so I had to use my wits about me and figure out how to make a larger size fit me. The reason this was an issue was because the pattern didn’t have the finished waist measurements for the skirt so I didn’t know if the waist would be too big. The hip measurement was definitely big enough. I just had to pick based on actual measurements.

Here’s a little bit more about the pattern and what I had to do:

Pattern Description: Misses’ Overalls, Jumper and Knit Crop Top

You may be able to find it on Amazon, eBay or even Etsy.

Pattern Size Chosen: 22

View: B without the bib

Fabric Choice: Medium weight denim and left over blue floral chambray for the pocket facing.

Color: Blue and navy

Sewing Tools Needed That Aren’t Mentioned:

  • Blind hem foot ( I used this to sew a straight line by pressing the fabric up against the hem edge of the fabric).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes it did minus the bib of course.

Are the instructions easy to follow? Of very easy to follow. I was able to crank this out in a weekend.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I honestly have nothing that I didn’t like about it except for the bib, it was a little too milk maid for me, haha. I loved that she gave the option to not include it in the final look.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I marked the pleats closest to the pockets. I added 3/8 inches to the wide between the first and second marking. Due to this change I had to move the third marking over so I measured the original distance between the second and third marking and measured distance from the new pleat measure to get the new placement of the third marking. So in laymen terms I widened the pleats and moved them over due to the change in width so I didn’t loose the design on the skirt. It worked out perfectly because I was able to adjust the skirt even after the pattern advised to do that before cutting it out.

I also shorten the hem by basting a stitch of 1 inch and then cutting the fabric off below the basting line. From there I had a new unfinished edge to start creating my hem. I folded the hem and began to stitch it down.

Would you sew it again? Absolutely and I plan to in the near future. I want to make one out of pink denim or chambray next time and maybe try a shorter length.

How long did it take? Just a weekend with a couple of meal and food breaks.

Tips to avoid it taking as long: No tips, it really was one of Mimi G’s easiest patterns.

This is the actual color in the shade .Crazy right?!

Until next time…

Ashley E signature with xoxo at the end

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