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M.Carmen
« on: August 25, 2007 12:34:34 PM »

Hi!
I have never sewn before but this spring I started reconstructing some t-shirts
sewing some bags, etc...and I am wondering how long do these projects take for you??.

The real question is...I am too slow, clumsy??? because sometimes I spend around 10 hours in reconstructing a t-shirt so maybe it doesn't worth the effort, the time etc... I am learning alone, without any help, just following some tutorials in a foreign language, because I really like to create new ideas but my holidays are over and I am wondering if I am wasting my free time...or maybe if I buy some patterns instead of trying to figure it out "everything" I would finish faster and easier...??

Sorry about my English!!!! Hope you understand what I am talking about Undecided
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mystico_tala
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2007 01:04:27 PM »

I'm not the kind of person who can whip something up in a day.  Even simple stuff takes me longer than normal, both because I am learning on my own also, and because I like it being precise.
Nothing is a waste of free time if you enjoy doing it!!
If you are making clothes, you might try to buy a few patterns, just so you can understand the basics a little better before trying to put your own stuff together. 
Keep at it!  None of us are experts at the beginning!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2007 01:07:01 PM »

First off... your English is just fine!  Also, I'm learning to sew on my own too and that's an adventure.  When I try to use patterns I find them harder than just following tutorials and learning as I go.  Plus, I think one learns better if they have to try things on their own and challenge their brains.  Quick and simple projects are also nice to start with 'cause then you'll feel like something is getting made.  Try a little bag or purse that's very simple.  It'll build your confidence and keep you loving sewing.  And when you get frustrated it's always good to walk away from a project for a bit and then come back to it.  When you do you'll be refreshed and excited to be working on it again. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2007 01:23:20 PM »

I haven't done any reconstruction yet because I'm afraid of this exact issue -- I get frustrated tinkering around and tend to make mistakes with measurements.  For example, when I tried to make a simple A-line skirt with no pattern, I accidentally cut one piece twice as wide as it should have been!

Patterns aren't necessarily "easier," but I think they are helpful when thinking through a project - you most likely won't end up stitching yourself into a corner, if you know what I mean.  They still might take a little futzing to get them to fit just right or customize the garment the way you want, but at least you have the basic shape of the pieces and the basic order of how things should go together.  I would suggest a simple A-line skirt pattern to start out - patterns go on sale at Joann and Hancock for $1, so it's really not too bad even if you just use the pattern pieces and ignore the instructions!   Grin

As far as how long it takes to complete a project..well, when I was first starting out it would take me hours and hours to complete an "easy" or "1 hour" project.  There's nothing wrong with that!  As you get a bit more experienced you'll get a bit faster and make fewer mistakes.  Now I'm a bit faster -- I can probably do the "1 hour" projects in 2 or 3 hours, but I've also become a bit more patient with myself.  I like sewing not just for the finished product, but for the act of sewing - so what if it takes me a bit longer to finish something, or if I have to rip out something and redo it?

Good luck!  It sounds like you are doing great, so keep it up!
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M.Carmen
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2007 02:30:46 PM »

 Cheesy Thank you very much for your answers...I feel much better knowing that I am not alone in this trial-error learning process. Your answers really help me keep sewing!!!!

..well, when I was first starting out it would take me hours and hours to complete an "easy" or "1 hour" project.  There's nothing wrong with that!  As you get a bit more experienced you'll get a bit faster and make fewer mistakes.  Now I'm a bit faster -- I can probably do the "1 hour" projects in 2 or 3 hours, but I've also become a bit more patient with myself. 
This encourage me...and remind me that I just need more practice and tons of patience!!!!


Nothing is a waste of free time if you enjoy doing it!!

Living in such a competitive world sometimes I forget that...thank you!!!

I will check Burda's magazine for an easy project to sew...I hope you can see the pictures in a few weeks!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2007 11:49:46 AM »

Don't get discouraged!  We all had to start somewhere.  My first sewing project was a costume for a renaissance faire.  I spent about four months going over to my sister's every Saturday before I got finished.  I ripped so many seams I felt like the seam ripper was permanently attached to my hand!
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M.Carmen
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2007 12:50:56 PM »

Maripoppins, Thank you very much for your suport...Although I get discouraged sometimes, I am getting addicted to fabrics, tutorials and new ideas...so, I believe I wouldn't be able to give up.. Grin
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