My goodness – I’m loving the R.S.V.P.s coming in for the 2014 RTW Fast!
Whether one is stuck in an RTW rut, ready to improve sewing skills or just enjoys the thrill of owning a unique wardrobe, the RTW is gaining momentum and I’m delighted to take the plunge with so many dedicated sewists
I also hope those readers not ready to take such drastic measures will cheer us on through our trials and tribulations as well as our triumphs.
What’s happened to my sewing, you might wonder?
As of today I have a bonafide sewing room!
I made do by sewing in the abandoned play/computer/date room and storing most of my notions in the garage, but it was time to build a wall around my mess and get organized. The contractors finished yesterday and I have a little decorating left to do before proclaiming it finished. The good news is I can start sewing again now!
In the meantime I bought a Craftsy class that I have found very helpful entitled,
Gail Yellen takes us a step beyond the basics by demonstrating how to get professional results and I am thrilled to have access to her expert tips.
This is one of those classes that shows me how much I have to learn – about everything sewing. It is designed to build confidence by perfecting basic techniques and introducing new notions, accessories and skills. I have a few more lessons to watch but so far I find the class very worthwhile. I’m happy to pass along tips as I learn them but you might want the class for your own reference.
Many lessons have impressed me so far:
- Gail works magic with the iron. Seriously, the iron is used to shape sleeves and curves and through an assortment of pressing accessories, she demonstrates how to use the iron like I’ve never seen before.
- Her topstitching tips are enlightening but simple. It just took watching someone do it correctly to help me understand my shortcomings. (The same with under stitching.)
- The importance of gently handling any curved seam
- While I won’t go through every lesson I really enjoyed the one using elastic thread in the bobbin for shirring. I’m determined to duplicate my Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top in 2014 and now I believe I’ll have a better chance at being successful :)
- I’m most excited about learning how to apply bindings.
So while the class doesn’t provide instructions for a specific garment, I find it an excellent investment to apply to all of my garment sewing, and the better I get the more I enjoy sewing.
Until soon, and hopefully with a new garment