Sunday, June 8, 2014

Baby Shower Gift - Free Patterns!

Baby shower gifts are so easy to make and they come together quickly! I have soooo many scraps and remnants, I can go shopping for fabric in my own sewing room.  I made an entire 3-6 month baby girl outfit using the baby tunic pattern from iCandy and the Baby Go to Leggings pattern.  I made the little headband without a pattern. 


I used jegging fabric and a little floral cotton .  I love the little pocket on the chest and the floral peplum.  I used my serger to gather the fabric and to hem the bottom edge.


The little leggings were so easy to sew.  Remember to hem the pants BEFORE sewing the inside legs together.  It is really hard to get your presser foot around the little leg hole if you don't!


I also made two more burp cloths, using my pattern, to include in the gift:




Sunday, June 1, 2014

Push past the fear of making a mistake! ---with Butterick 5315

As I work on sewing my red shirtdress,  I am reminded of this quote:


'Know why? My fear of making mistakes is the main reason why I put of finishing projects.  I avoid trying new things especially when I'm unsure of how to solve a problem or am scared to try a new technique due to fear I will 'RUIN the fabric'. I may even occasionally obsess about what others (that's you included) will thing of my fabric choice, style and construction methods. Wouldn't it be shocking if I wore something that was not up to my standards of perfect?  Because honestly, sometimes they can be pretty unattainable!

I thought it was the worst feeling in the world to totally botch a project that will forever be known as a failure.  But I realized this week there is something worse than that.  The worst thing I can do is visualize myself making a mistake and thinking my project will fail, and then stalling for months and thereby not possibly making mistakes that I could have already learned from by now.

I may also be guilty of leaving UFOs in plain sight to punish myself and remind myself that I must finish them.  I am learning to let go, put them away, and work on them one at a time.

I decided I would use my red shirtdress as an opportunity to practice the following:

 1. Practice positive visualizations.
2. Have reasonable expectations.
3. Realize that making mistakes is part of learning 
and it can be a positive thing.
4. Resist the urge to relive past failures.

You know what?

It's working!

I've pushed through my fears and despite my day job, I found a lot of time to work on my shirtdress.  I have a lot to show for it already:

I couldn't find my buttonhole foot but it didn't stop me from making buttonholes using my walking foot:


I used piping in a garment for the first time EVER:


I moved the bust dart to the shoulders and turned it into a couple of pleats. My drafting job wasn't perfect but I decided to just go with it. OVER-ANALYZING LITTLE DETAILS is something I'm just not willing to let get in my way. I'm amazed what I can accomplish with positive thinking!


The dress is mostly constructed with just the hem and the sleeves to finish!  Boo ya!

Do you ever have to turn off perfectionist thoughts?  How does your thinking help you succeed?