Hey dear readers,
Today I’ve been thinking about sewing (duh) and how it has its little ups and down. OK, sometimes BIG ups and downs.
I’ve been working on the muslin for the jacket from this pattern from Project Blossom
I made it in the 16, 18 AND 20 with not a great fit. I think the problem is with the raglan sleeves + my broad and forward sloping shoulders (thanks to science for that one). I did an adjustment to add more fullness to the cap of the sleeve and added/subtracted width from every seam imaginable..and it just won’t fit right.
I’m in love with the lovely cerise wool from Sawyerbrook and I can’t bring myself to cut out a jacket that I’m not satisfied with at the muslin stage.
Such a disappointment. I wanted this to work so badly.
No matter how tense and frustrated I got, I kept going back trying and trying to make it work – only to get more frustrated and upset.
I think sometimes I *know* in my core that a project is either worth the effort or just won’t work. I’m learning to listen to that instinct more.
But it’s also important to keep in mind that it ain’t always roses. Sewing sometimes is frustrating when everything seems to be going wrong and you’ve hit the limit of your knowledge/abilities. These are frustrating times, but they are the times to treasure.
This is the 30% of your sewing time that you learn. 70% of the time is smooth, but that 30% can be rough…but necessary.
It’s even more frustrating when you put in all that time/effort and in the end the muslin just doesn’t work – it’s not meant to be. We’ve all been there, I think. But to be honest, for me, probably only 1/10 patterns I’ve used have been *real* winners, 6 have been ‘meh, OK’ and 3 have been utter disasters.
But that’s OK. That’s how we learn and build our repertoire of patterns, skills, knowledge an ability. Not only does this benefit us, but this experience and expertise that we gain through effort is beneficial to others. We have something to share because we’ve made the mistakes and worked out though experience what works.
This is what I value. Experience and expertise cannot be bought or sold and it doesn’t come from celebrity. It is won through both joy and tears, hard fought battles and smooth sails. And it takes years.
That’s the nature of this craft – and it is as beautiful in both the highs and lows.
Relax and Enjoy,
NB – If you’re making this or want to, please see comments below, as many folks have had problems with this pattern too!