I have a long history of dumb sewing mistakes.
The left sleeve sewn into the right armhole for example, say three times in a row, and that was when I was trying.
But still like all sewers I have had my moments when I thought the pattern instructions were just wrong.
Typographical errors, misprints. Of course nine times out of 10, to quote my favourite sewing machine repair guy, the problem was sitting in the chair.
Despite this I don't think all pattern instructions are perfect.
If you, like me, have sewn a lot there are so many, many times when I read instructions and think:
Come on now, there is an easier, more current, more effective way to do that and nearly every one does it that way these days, so why are you telling the poor stressed beginner to do it the hard and most likely to get all balled up way?
You know like the stay-stitching the neckline that is going to have a stretchy band sewn to it.
Techniques need to be updated, although I think this is getting better. Even words like "sew or serge" are an improvement. I drives me crazy when pattern designed for knits only tell the sewer to do it with a straight stitch.
But apart from some of the independent patterns, where I have run across with pattern pieces missing or notches all wrong, not sure how many real printed mistakes I have seen lately.
How about you?
So I am intrigued by all the discussion boards, chats and blogs (including comments here) that there are some real mistakes, particularly with the sleeves, in the new Claire Schaeffer jacket.
My plan is to do my own close look at the paper pattern pieces and weigh in with my own opinion this afternoon.
This will happen after the big event of the day which is when my daughter is having an industrial machine delivered and installed at her place.
I am definitely going over there to watch and test drive. Definitely. I still can believe she sews.
Might even take some pictures.
Now there's something to look forward to.
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon