If you have been a follower of this blog for a while you know I have been on a theme about how those of us who have sewn for a while know a lot of little things that make our sewing easier, and our garments better, that newer sewers, working from patterns of varying detail don't have yet.
The difference between good and really good sewing IMO so often lies in the number of little tricks the sewer knows, rather than some overall educational scheme.
Even now, after having sewn for at least several lifetimes, I often pick up some new trick and slap myself in the head with a "why didn't I think of that?"
When you sew it is the little things that matter, and you never stop learning.
The idea of passing on knowledge, even little bitsy bits of knowledge, has also been my mind.
At one point I thought, maybe I should write a book, but there are a lot of new general sewing books out there, and to be honest I am not going to get another one put together unless I give up my family, job, and my own sewing.
That is not going to happen. And I do suspect my mind fires too randomly for a structured book at the moment.
So I have had an idea.
This is it.
I am going to post a short little sewing hint every day until I run out of them.
This maybe next week, or maybe not.
Feel free too to send some of your own hints in and I will put them up here too.
Now most of you experienced sewers out there know more than I do, or already know many of these hints, but my intended audience are new sewers.
So in no particular order here we go:
Children under the age of five tend to have inseam, hip, waist, and head size within and inch or two or each other.
I verified this when I once had to keep a whole pizza party entertained waiting for the pizza to come out and all I had to work with was a tape measure in my purse.
Why does this matters?
If you are sewing a pull over top for most children make sure the head opening is large enough. Way too often the neck openings are graded like adult clothing with the necklines smaller.
It is not unusual to have a four year old with a 21" head and a 21" inch chest. How many women do you know with 46" heads?
See how high level the information I am going to share with you is?
Another one tomorrow.
I mean that.
- 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