While I was sewing my Eliza M Pussy Galore blouse I was thinking about the sewing knowledge I keep in my head that allows me to pick up many types of the more straight forward patterns and rarely look at the instructions. Generally there is a process for putting a blouse together or constructing a dress or skirt. In fact, when I do look at the instructions I like to find new ways to approach a certain construction technique, and I have found that Tasia’s patterns at Sewaholic often build in new takes on the traditional process. I think her Crescent skirt had some innovative approaches from what I read & I remember liking the Thurlow Trousers back seam approach for later alterations for fit (the waistband had a CB seam & this allowed for some nice late tweaking for fit). Another example of ingenuity that could perhaps go down in the annals of ‘techniques you have to try’ has to be the way the lining is attached for the Colette patterns Rooibos
I’m not saying I never look at instructions by any means, please don’t get me wrong! Give me trousers and more complex clothing and I’m glued to the supporting words, and I also sometimes get it wrong, charging ahead not reading the instructions when I should.
Now through this blog I may have given you the impression that I am a bit of a pragmatic sewster, not really going for lots of steps if I can get to the finish line quicker. I am not ‘belt and braces’, & do look for every opportunity to cut corners. Thankfully most of the time I do understand the corners not to be cut, and when basting will save me time in the long run. So it is always with surprise when I review pattern instructions and find that I’ve done more than the instructions require. Now I’m not talking specifically about the Eliza M blouse here, my review of that will come separately. I’m just talking generally.
One thing I always do, no matter if instructed to or not, is when inserting a sleeve I always sew a second line of stitching close to the seam in the seam allowance to reinforce it.
Clearly this strengthens the seam, an area of potential stress when being worn. I do the same for crotch ( eurgh really hate writing that!) seams in trousers and even PJs.
What else do I do automatically? I tend to stay stitch neck edges if not advised as well. There could be other things I do, that I haven’t thought of, but the joy of many blog posts is the richness of the comments. What do you do that is often extra to sewing pattern advice, or is an automatic ‘always do’ step when making different clothing? Any dazzling sewing techniques that you have picked up that should go in the ‘ techniques to try’ book?
I’m thinking we might really pick up some tips here
P.S. I am getting a longer zip.