I know I've bitched about this before but, since I'm not going to have a chance to make the Demi-Drape top by the time I go out for dinner tonight, I might as well do some writing...
How do you fast sewists accomplish this (in addition to your sewing) in 2ish hours?:
- Ironing fussy fabric
- Choosing thread and winding bobbins
- Changing the thread on your serger and cover stitch machines
- Changing the needle on your machine
- Testing fabric swatches for stitch tension
- Altering the pattern per your TNT (I know tons of you do this routinely. I do it for 2 items - any pants (I copy the TNT crotch depth and curve) and knit tops (I copy the TNT armscye and sleeve depth and curve)
- Tracing the pattern - Oh yeah, I did this today and I LOATHE it. Way to waste an hour. I know, I know, if this first version of the top fucks up, who'll be laughing then. But honestly, if it fucks up, I may be to weary too ever try again. (Drama for effect due to weariness.)
- Cutting the pattern out
- Organizing the pattern pieces on top of the fussy fabric (just this takes 40 minutes)
- Cutting the fabric
- Marking the fabric
You can see how there's no instant gratification which, after the Janet Jacket, I seriously need.
I'm not joking - please fast sewists, tell me how you do it.
At any rate, the difference between the pattern armsyce and sleeve is actually more different than I initially thought (having just pasted my TNT sloper atop the pieces briefly the other day).
|Altered Back Piece|
|Altered Front Underlay|
|Altered Front Cowl|
And here are the cut, newly altered pieces:
To remind you, I did not reinvent the wheel here. I'm not actually creating muslins and refining the pattern to determine which alterations are required - well, at least not yet... Nonetheless, there are 3 hours gone.
Oh, and btw, by the time I baste the pieces, prior to serging, I estimate the arranging, cutting, marking and sewing will take a minimum of 3 more hours. If I'm lucky. Cuz I still don't understand exactly what the (non)instructions are instructing.
Thoughts or feelings?