The Step Away Sensation

You try sewing through this lot!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll usually have a thunderbolt moment of clarity during the sewing process:

If I don’t step away from this right NOW, something will go horribly wrong.

Gently, you put the shears down. You pack the ironing board away and switch the sewing machine off. You’ve become so absorbed, so focussed, so obsessed with finishing this thing that … you’re out of control. A delicate operation could turn into a ham fisted joke because you are too into the groove.

This is the experience I’ve had today. I’ve had to step away.

First of all, take a look at the waistband in progress, pictured above. It has involved sewing through two layers of denim, one layer of interfacing, and two pocket attachments which include fragile vintage silk. The fact that I only broke one needle is something of a miracle, as far as I’m concerned.

But having gone through that process (and trimmed the edge) I was rather pleased with the skirt tucks and waistband:

Next, on to attaching the silk contrast binding tape rescued from a Jacqmar scarf as blogged about here. You can imagine what it’s like working with vintage silk. Every pin leaves a mark, you have to keep an eagle eye out for threadbare holes and there’s no rushing back to the haberdashery if things go wrong. It’s a suck it and see situation with no chance for second visits. No pressure? Ooh, yeah. Way easy.

Contrast binding

So I’ve attached half a contrast binding tape. And now I am frozen in the headlights, unable to move forwards. I can tell that it’s going to be tricky to make the rest sit smoothly, and… Oh, who am I kidding? I’m scared.

So, the Simplicity 2512 skirt is on a roll. But we all know what a fickle mistress sewing is. Things could still go wrong. Which is why I need to pursue this with a fresh eye, rested mind – oh, and I need to go and buy a zip. No Friday night feverish sewing for me.

Now. Where did I put that pizza menu…

Happy sewing weekends, everyone!

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4 Responses to The Step Away Sensation

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looking good so far. You are so brave to use your scarf. I think it’s perfect for this project.

  2. Karin says:

    What you have so far looks good. I can relate to the “completer finisher” syndrome. Sometimes I push through with things when I really should step back and gain a little perspective.

    I wonder what sort of home sewing machine could get through all those layers. Does it exist?

  3. Oh it’s looking just lovely! I love that beautiful silk. I’m so excited to see the finished version. I know how those things go. Believe me. I’ve found that I can’t stay up too late working on sewing projects, because things just start going wrong. And then I get mad, and then more things go wrong. You are most definitely wise to pursue this more after a good night’s sleep.

  4. Geogrrl says:

    Yes, I have those moments. I know I’m getting angry/frustrated and if I don’t step away for a while, something will go terribly wrong.

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