Anyway, just wanted to check in about sewing and say that I've been doing a lot of drafting (and thus not much actual sewing) this fortnight. I've been practising on family members, only some of whom were willing. The practice on different bodies is essential to testing out the methods I've used for years but only partly quantified into systematic rules in my head. As Auntie Laura says, "It's unorthodox but it works."
Drafting slopers is easy and even exciting in a Ooh-Let's-Sew-Clothes-From-Random-Curtains sort of way but the sleeves and armscyes just about did me in. I foolishly tried to follow the lovely instructions in some drafting books I own. I even consulted internet sources (yes, very desperate) . All disastrous. After several nights of Very Ugly And Tight Sleeve Drafts - and I could already tell they were wrong on paper before I even cut them out in fabric and basted them onto garments - I finally and literally closed the books and did them free-hand like mum taught me. And they are working - at least on paper. Tomorrow when I actually cut them out in fabric to test them on my unwilling models, I'll be able to fine-tune the fit, fingers crossed. With that, I am sort of back to square one in that drafting is still an inexact art rather than the explainable science that I was hoping to turn it into.
Also my wing-needle experiment is a dismal failure. It worked satisfactorily on scrap fabric but completely butchered my actual up-till-then-perfect yellow tunic. And since nobody in their right minds should unpick hemstitching, I am stuck with massacred sleeve cuffs. I'm calm now but when it happened some nights ago, I was quite motivated to give up sewing forever. I am not the sort to hurl sewing machines against the wall or curse (pity - it would have helped), so all I did was sit there and give myself There Are Other Fish In The Sea pep talks - you know, like
- "Hey, at least you didn't run your unlocked rotary cutter over it by accident."
- "Could be worse - at least you don't have an incurable disease."
- "Think of the people who are starving in other countries who don't have sewing machines."
- "Be grateful that you weren't forced at gunpoint to sew clothes out of polyester printed with hibiscus and lobsters."
- "Your tunic could have had Very Tight And Ugly Sleeves." etc.
So if you were wondering why there aren't yet any photos of that buttery yellow tunic, well... you know now.
Summary: two mangled sleeves, and three good drafted sleeves - an overall positive. And it's finally stopped raining. I can finally stop sewing and start playing.