Have you ever wondered if knowing your fabrics a bit better would help you become a better sewist? I think most of us at one time or another have given up on a sewing project thinking we just didn't have the sewing skills to complete the task. But maybe it's not your skills, maybe it was your fabric choice.
Now I love fabric... all kinds, obviously. But, I have learned that you need to know what to expect of the fabric before you start your project. For instance, I fell in love with a fabric and could just envision how I was going to turn this fabulous piece of cloth into something to be cherished, maybe even envied.
Nope! I let my love for the cloth blind my better senses and kept moving forward with what I wanted to be fabulous. I didn't listen to the voice in my head saying, 'really...you think this is gonna work?' So, after pushing forward and ignoring that voice, I finally got to the place in the sewing project where after hours of work when there are just a few more things to do, I say hey, 'let's check our fitting.' Let's see how things look and then, (drum roll please), ehh, ugh, hated it! (But I learned a lot in the fitting aspect right? I tell myself.)
I didn't choose wisely. I let the passion for the cloth overtake my better judgement (Deep down I know you've been there too so stop nodding your head in disapproval ;).
When we don't know our fabric, it can make or break us, zap our confidence and make us think we just aren't as good a sewist as we thought.
Thank goodness there are resources available now to help us on our sewing journey. There are books, experts, videos and other resources that will tell us how a particular cloth will hang or drape, if it is a better choice for fitted article rather than a flowy one and so much more.
I can't wait to share some of these resources, in future posts, that I have found most helpful.
Until then... sew something fancy!
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