January 26, 2012

...Lately I've found myself questioning my sewing ability. Can't quite put my finger on the reason.  Guess a lot of us go through that from time to time.  I wore this retro style dress for the first time yesterday...

and it got rave reviews from students and staff alike.  That perked me up a little bit.  Then today I wore this dress..
and got even more positive reviews than yesterday.  Mmmmm, O.K., now I'll stop questioning my sewing abilities.  I don't usually base the way I feel about my sewing skills on validation by others, but the positive comments did help snap me out of this mini slump.

That being said, it's time to get busy sewing again.  After all, there's maybe only 6 or 7 weeks left for winter sewing.  I always have somewhat of a difficult time switching sewing seasons.  I should take the opportunity of getting a jump start on the up-comming season.  Oh well - instead I'm still wallowing in the wools and medium weight knits (which I adore) of winter.

I'd said I would make a wool (#2) pencil skirt for my Mom - I could even visualize her wearing it.  Just hadn't gotten around to it yet even though I have everything I needed for it (of course I do; the sign of a highly blessed sewist - Praise God).  But the time has come, so I got busy and cut it out and will be putting the invisible zipper in tonight.
I'll be using TNT McCall's 3830 (not the mini Mom).  I love this pattern and have made it countless times even though I have many, many others that would be just as useful.  I've even cut another one for myself me that's coming up next.  One can't have too many classic #2 pencils can one???

How many do you have????


  1. I know exactly what you mean about questioning sewing ability...I especially feel down when I walk through the mall and see rtw clothes! Both dresses look fantastic and the skirt pattern is my TNT too!

  2. So many I've lost count, and I like it that way! Except I'm needing more since I'm shrinking out of some of my stand-by's and I have summer temps coming up a lot quicker than you. Like next week. ;-)

  3. I've made M3830 a few times - it's a nice, easy, classic pencil skirt pattern. I think you'll like it.

  4. I've sewn lots of pencil skirts they are always fun to make and always look nice on...you have great sewing ability:)

  5. You know this happens to the best of us...it happens to me at least 2 or 3x a year! BTW, it's 10 weeks to April and the switch over to spring sewing. I know because I counted...have to figure out how much more of my list I can bump out before the changeover!

  6. I question my sewing ability all the time- but I never did before my sister said mean things. I need to get over it. As for your sewing skills, I think you have plenty! I love pencil skirts, but have yet to get just the right fit. I currently have 2.

  7. I love M3830! I have 3 right now and another one planned. So no, you can't have too many!!

  8. I always question my sewing abilities and like you, the compliments of others will pull me out of my slump. Either that or an episode of "Project Runway." Some of those people really CAN'T sew!

  9. I question them all the time, so at that point I go buy something RTW. By the time I wear it a few times, I realize I sew as well or better then that and get over it.

    As to the number, last count was 8 pencil skirts.

  10. I have no pencil skirts right now. Huh. I guess I know what I'll be making next.

    I don't really ever question my sewing abilities, although I know there is a lot I don't know. What I want to wear is not in the stores, so it's either make it or buy ready to wear. I never feel worse than when I am in a store dressing room trying on clothes that don't fit right and are not what I want.

  11. The positive comments really help, don't they. You are a fabulous seamstress and make amazing garments. Cute skirt pattern, have fun sewing for your mom.

  12. I have loads of pencil skirts. It's the perfect garment because you can add all sorts of things to it. You are an incredible seamstress and you inspire me all the time!

  13. I love a great pencil skirt myself Faye, and I need to make more! I agree with Carol that you are an incredible seamstress, who inspires many!

  14. Faye, Faye, Faye...you just validated that I'm not alone in this kind of thinking, you're so right that we all go through this from time to time. Right now, I'm having the hardest time trying to find time for blogging! I love it, but it always seems to take a back burner! Any suggestions?

  15. Hi Faye. You do awesome work. But you know what, a little bit of doubt makes us just that much better.

    BTW, what pattern is that cream colored dress? I love it!




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