When you’re part of the left-handed 12 per cent of the human race you need to make some judgement calls when it comes to sewing patterns.
Fortunately for left-handed people, we have learnt pragmatism, dexterity and an ability to think outside of the box since birth. High five! High left-handed five!
Still, a few tweaks in sewing construction can help make life easier, and here are my three top tips for my fellow people of utmost brilliance.
1. The Joan Dress is designed to have the neck tie resting against the left collar bone. My Joan Dress has the tie resting against my right collar bone. Why? Because I’m left handed. I carry my tote bag slung over my left shoulder. I don’t want straps crushing a key detail in the dress design, or making me uncomfortable. Decision made, and shift that neck tie to the right.
2. When inserting a centre back lapped zipper, think about which hand is going to be reaching behind to do up the dress. Your left or your right? Lap your zip accordingly and don’t mindlessly follow pattern instructions.
Bear the same principle in mind when you’re thinking about placement of side zips and waist ties or buttons. Which side of your body will be easiest for your left hand to reach?
3. Embellishment. Before adding, consider which shoulder takes the weight of your bag. You don’t want to be wincing as button shanks dig into your flesh. Choose what’s best for your body. Your body.
So, I think we’ve established that a) left-handed sewists need to do a tiny bit more thinking and b) we’re brilliant.
Any other tips for a left-handed creative?