If you ever think you have life nailed, you’re probably wrong. And after eight-ish years of sewing, I’ve realised the same is true about making your own clothes. Honestly, sewing still scares me sometimes!
This struck me on my latest make. Here are the first five fears that occurred to me, starting with the biggest fear I just can’t shake.
Fear Number One – What If It Doesn’t Fit?
I’m a woman; I have a distorted body image. For me at least, the two go together like social media and Me Made May. I’m paranoid about makes being too small so I often add a little extra when cutting out. On my latest make, this meant ripping out my zip insertion and removing a good two inches from the waist. Two inches!
Fear Number Two – Buttonholes
You’ve slaved over your make for more hours than you care to think about. The last step is inserting the buttonholes. And you know what’s happened in the past. Oh my, you know. I still never start sewing a buttonhole without accompanying pinpricks of sweat.
Fear Number Three – The Mistake There’s No Return From
Cutting out a directional print that faces the wrong way. Overlocking seams that should never have met. Adding fusible interfacing to the right side of the fabric. You get the point – some mistakes you can’t learn from. Some you just have to suck up and throw away. Gargghhhhhhh!
Fear Number Four – Disappointment
You pour so much work into sewing something, inspired by what you’ve seen on the pattern envelope and social media. But there’s always the fear … maybe it just won’t suit me. Or I’ve chosen the wrong fabric. Or I just … hate it.
Fear Number Five – Shall The Sewing Bee Ever Return?
This one, at least, is answered – for now! I can’t wait to see Joe Lycett take the sewing world by storm.
I’d love to know if there’s some sewing phobia you just can’t mentally get past. Share it below and send it out into the world – free therapy! And if you do have tips for battling the sewing fear, let us know. My buttonholes shall thank you.