I have a seasonal affliction – Project Runwayitis. The first symptom is that you start thinking that since you sew a lot that you should be able to make clothes. In the early stages your mind is able to come up with all kinds of reasons why this is not true. As the disease progresses you start to forget.

Here are the reasons why I can’t make clothes. I’m writing them down because they are starting to fade.

– I am a quilter. If the finished project isn’t the right size I add a border. That doesn’t work on clothes.

– I am a process person, not a finished project person. When I finish a quilt I take a picture and am perfectly happy to send it away. I don’t care to see it anymore. It is no longer of interest to me. Sewing clothes is all about the end result since you are supposed to use them after you make them.

– I don’t understand sewing. Quilting is absolutely instinctual for me. For the longest time I didn’t understand why they sold quilt patterns since you see exactly how to make it from looking at the picture on the front. Do I understand clothes construction? Not at all. Frustrating to no end.

– The stuff I would like to make is WAY outside my skill level. I think things like “I’d like a copy of that fancy dress” but I can’t do that.

– I can’t find cool fabric around here. I need Tim Gunn to take me to Mood.

– The crinkly pattern paper freaks me out.

How do I know all this? Because I’ve made clothes before and it has always ended in disaster. Once it ended in the emergency room but that’s another story.

But my affliction has advanced. Today I bought an easy pattern for a dress. I’m going to make a beach coverup. It says that the sewing time is one hour. That makes me laugh. That doesn’t cover the time involved cutting and cussing.

I’ll try this in Saturday while listening to football. That will add some cussing time to the overall construction! Pictures maybe to follow if it isn’t totally embarrassing.

10 Replies to “Affliction”

  1. Hey!
    I am visiting for the first time, and have enjoyed bouncing around your blog. I do believe I shall “Share” you on my blog, per Bev’s suggestion about introducing someone new to you!

  2. While growing up in the Bay area of San Fran, I used to think the same thing about Burks. The hippies would wear them and I thought you just couldn’t find any uglier shoes than those. Now I have to admit, they are the only shoes I wear, Happy Pink Saturday to you and yours, Char

  3. This is very funny. I can understand where you are coming from. I am a sewer as well and have made many a bridal gown. Sewing for myself has always been difficult because I couldn’t do the fitting. When I made my wedding dress, I had my husband do the pinning. It was so funny watching him awkwardly put the pins in the fabric.
    This is a major reason why I don’t sew for myself.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  4. After about 20 years of quilting, I am sticking my toe back into garment sewing. First project was a bathrobe which I wear every day. I will be buying the cheap $2 Walmart fabric (yes, we still have fabric…for how long?) until I have more confidence in fitting…or until I give up and go back to quilting…

  5. All of those reasons you listed are why I switched to quilting in ’82! :o) Most everything I made never turned out or fit correctly. I figured at least with a quilt, It would be something to keep me warm …
    Good for you on no hard breathing while on the Death March. It is September; gardening is winding down & it’s back on the treadmill.
    Have a good week!

  6. hahaha…I love it! I don’t even know HOW to sew and I want to be a designer after watching project runway each week. Good luck on your beach cover up!

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