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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Anyone else have Sewing OCD? :-[ on: February 02, 2012 10:50:05 AM

I have a problem. I have sewn for years and years and YEARS and years... but I very rarely finish anything, especially for myself. It takes me forever and a day to start anything, because I can never decide if *this* is the *perfect ultimate pattern* or if maybe I should save the fabric for something else... and then it takes me another small eternity to actually sew things up because I am insanely picky about things like seam finishing and making all my topstitching absolutely perfect.

I really don't use the term OCD lightly. I do have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, plus ADHD (there's probably 90% of my problem right there; I've been doing much better in terms of project completion and frustration tolerance since starting treatment!) and although I don't suffer the compulsions and obsessions of true OCD, I feel comfortable using it as a description for the intensity of the distress and frustration I often feel with sewing.

But sometimes I think the patterns are unrealistic in their descriptions, and boy is that ever not helpful!!

Case in point: I am making the kimono-esque hoody jacket* from "The Feisty Stitcher." It's a very simple pattern based on a traditional haori jacket, and I really like it... but in the book she says it takes about 1.5 hours for even the more complex hooded version with faced cuffs. Um, no. I'm into hour 6 here. Part of that is that I messed up (would have helped if the directions/pictures were clearer and I hadn't put the hood on the wrong way), but I really think the only way to complete this pattern in that time frame would be to sew at top speed, without pinning, without pressing your seams, and with no finishing. And I just can't DO that! It makes me all twitchy just to think about it!

Please tell me I am not alone... 

*Because I know some people like to know details - I am using some heavy cotton fabric I bought at IKEA for the jacket. It's absolutely perfect and a joy to sew with. Highly recommended for any jackets, tote bags, even tailored skirts you may be thinking about; I'd call it an equivalent to a suit-weight linen or light denim. And it was $6 a meter for 150cm wide!  Grin There you go, another excuse to go fabric shopping... and it can be a stealth mission because nobody would expect you to go to a furniture store for more fabric!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Bad Craft Days (like Bad Hair Days, but potentially more expensive...) on: September 15, 2011 12:19:58 PM
Good God. Ashgreykitsune, I think you win.

And now I'm getting twitchy wondering whether I unplugged my sewing machine...
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Things I have learned about sewing (feel free to add...) on: August 04, 2011 09:36:09 AM
I was just reminded of another sewing tip: if you're sewing children's patterns from Simplicity, McCall's, or Butterick, be aware that they have ridiculous amounts of ease built into the patterns. I'm firmly convinced that they're using adult-sized ease on kid patterns. If you're a 36 bust, and they add 4 inches of ease, it's not a big deal (11% increase in the width of the garment). If you're a toddler with a 20 inch chest, that same 4 inches of ease is a 20% increase, and bumps you up to a size 5, according to their size charts!

I have always found that Simplicity patterns for adults run small, and McCall's and Butterick run very large. I didn't know about the kids' patterns - I'll have to check that, thanks!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: owl baby quilt on: January 17, 2009 07:04:45 PM
That's really sweet! I love the colours, so cheerful Smiley Are the fabrics from a coordinating collection, or did you find them all separately?
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: doll quilt made from 30's repro charm pack on: December 26, 2008 10:45:10 AM
Oh, I love the Aunt Grace fabrics Smiley. Mini quilts are so much fun, too! But you have to be absolutely vigilant about your seams... I often foundation-piece mine. I'd have cut the pinked edges off right away, wouldn't even occur to me to try and piece with pinked edges.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: not used to kitties being around on: December 22, 2008 11:04:59 AM
I finally learned to put away my pins when I am finished sewing for the day... Molasses, now 12 years old, STILL won't leave the pincushion alone. And even though I haven't sewn in a couple of years, when I set everything up this weekends, both cats remembered that pattern tissue is to be sat on (Molasses) or shredded (Pickles). The Boy laughed his butt off at that - he hadn't seen the Sewing Circus.

Eventually the cats got bored and decided to go back to sitting on The Boy's computer keyboard. :lol:
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Organic Cabled Sweater- My First Finished Sweater! on: December 22, 2008 10:59:12 AM
Love it! Horizontal cabled yokes are so cool. I have my eye on a pattern at the LYS, for when I finish The Boy's Giant (Boring) Sweater.

I like the button detail and that you used reverse stockinette for the body. So pretty and unusual!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: The longest time it took you to finish a project? on: December 19, 2008 12:18:15 AM
  • I just finished a sweater out of yarn I bought in 1998. There is older yarn in my stash...
  • I am looking at 12 little quilt blocks right now that are 20 years old. (I found them in my stash, and I'm going to sew them together to make a quilt for my neighbour's baby. They are NOT going back in that box). My mother took a beginner's quilting course when I was in high school, and I ended up doing her homework  Cheesy
  • Last year I sewed up the seams of a sweater Mom had knitted for my sister; she did it on the knitting machine and never got round to sewing it up. My sister is now 32 years old. The sweater was a size 6. CHILD's size six. I gave it to my volunteer supervisor for her beautiful, newly adopted daughter.
  • My grandmother passed away last month. I have two partly finished sweaters of hers, also apparently intended for my sister 20-odd years ago...
  • We are not going to talk about what else is in the stash boxes.
  • There might be 3 pairs of cut out pants that I have got too fat for, then too thin, then back to the right shape TWICE. But I'm not confirming or denying that.

Yeah. ADD is even more fun the more generations are involved!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Hook to the head on: December 18, 2008 11:58:43 PM
LOL! I shouldn't laugh at you, but I have done the same thing SO MANY TIMES!!  Cheesy

I actually have relatively good close vision, but there's just something about that shiny needle moving so fast...
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fired up the ol' machine - reversible tote bag on: December 18, 2008 11:35:02 PM
First, thanks to Gloriana for the great tutorial! It was exactly what I was looking for for a bag for my boyfriend's sister. Tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91070.0

(Lots of shops here are phasing out plastic bags, so fabric tote bags are *even more* useful than ever!)

I used a red denim, a blue polished cotton, and a fun printed fabric from my stash. (I seem to recall the printed fabric being from a horrendously expensive quilt shop... which is why I only had half a metre!)

The "main" side, with pockets made of the print fabric and lined with blue:

The other side:

I decided to vary things a bit, so the pockets on this side are a bit quieter, with the wild print on the inside. The ribbon is from Italy - I bought 3 metres of it in a little haberdashery shop in Lake Como, years ago. It was time for it to see the light of day Smiley:

I had a heck of a time lining up my topstitching - my two fabrics weren't matched closely enough in weight, and the denim has a bit of lycra in it!! So I stitched and ripped and stitched and swore and ripped, and then I went "screw it" and did zigzags where the straps joined:

I am actually quite pleased with how that turned out, so I'm going to claim it was intentional Cheesy

I think I'll make some more of these, with a few variations. I am going to try adding a top closure (big button, most likely), and I may fiddle with the proportions to make the bag a little taller and less wide. I may also make the pockets taller since they seem to get wrapped around the bottom of the bag a bit.
Oh yeah - one "Shop the Stash" gift down, 4 to go! (I only finished finals yesterday...)
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