3 Very Important Sewing Lessons

April 13th, 2012 at 5:40 pm . Posted in Thoughts on Sewing .

L = Lessons

I’ve been itching to do a post about the lessons I learned while sewing my apron since the beginning of April, but I waited until we reached L in the alphabet to go along with the A-Z Challenge. My apologies if this post seems a bit late (I did finish the apron way back at the letter A), but I think these lessons are relevant any time.

Image: Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

1. A pattern is a guide, not a mandatory rulebook.

I’m sure I’ll come across many patterns I want to follow to the T, but I’m glad to know that’s not always necessary. I was able to look to Butterick’s See & Sew B5125 as a terrific guide, but my mom helped me change it to suit me perfectly in terms of size, shape and functionality — I even made it reversible! Realizing I needed to take up the apron when I thought it was complete was an enlightening experience. Patterns are adaptable, and sewing is all about customization!

2. Controlling the fabric is key.

Seriously, I’m convinced this will make or break a seamstress. While I was sewing the apron ties, I got frustrated and discouraged because I had trouble sewing straight seams. My mom was over while I was working on the flounce, and she showed me how important controlling the fabric is. I had been guiding the ties with my hands really far away from the needle and sewing action. Taking control of the fabric resulted in a flounce that looked just as it should, sans the frustration.

3. Patience, grasshopper!

As someone with a Type A personality, I love getting things done and checking things off my lists. But sewing is something I’m doing for leisure, and the apron project — which was much more drawn out than sewing a simple pillow or hemming a pair of jeans — showed me that it’s OK to take the scenic route. Why not work on a sewing project as I have time, doing bits and pieces here and there? I now look at the many stopping points of a sewing project as one of the handiest parts of this hobby. Whether it takes me four hours or four weeks, it’ll all come together in the end.

I know I haven’t even begun to discover most of the important sewing lessons out there, so feel free to share your own advice, insight and stories!

2 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Vero
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    You know, the lessons you wrote about apply perfectly to writing fiction! *giggles*

    You have a beautiful blog, Kelly!


    • Kelly
      Apr 15, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Vero!


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