Consequently, when something I'm doing doesn't work out well the first time, well... let's just say it's difficult for me to handle it gracefully. Take last night for instance. I have several sewing projects which I started for myself, one of them being a dress I began three years ago. It has sat that long because first I was pregnant with G. and L. and then was nursing for two summers. Because I couldn't wear it, there was little motivation to work on it. I pulled it out a couple of days ago and decided now was the time. One reason I had put it aside was that I had nearly finished it, but discovered it wasn't fitting right, so ripped out a bunch of seams with the intention of trying to make it fit. And there is sat.
And sat. But I was feeling confident yesterday I could fix it. I had just had quite a few sewing successes and had done a lot of reading about fit and alterations. I just knew I could do it. And I did fix the initial problem. (For the curious, I am very short waisted, but did not take that into account when I cut the dress out. The bust darts were somewhere down around the bottom of my rib cage when I put the dress on.) But after all the work of resizing facings and such, I put the dress on again... and hated it. I didn't like the way the fabric looked on me; the back was way too big; it was too tight across the top. So I took it off and
I am now frustrated. I can make children's clothing, but have had only a very few successes with making things for myself. I measure myself, match it to the pattern measurements, begin to sew the dress and it inevitably is too big. (And I'm even cheating with the measurements a bit and picking a size that I should barely fit.) I had more success when I didn't measure, picked the size I thought I was and went blindly forth. Is it possible to make oneself dresses without a dress form... you know, the model that you can put the dress on and then adjust the fit? It must be because I'm pretty sure not a lot of people have these, yet make clothes for themselves. I just wish I knew what I was doing wrong! Because I'm not really a trial-and-error-let's-experiment-until-we-get-it-right kind of person and I'm feeling little motivation to try again at the moment.
So, help me out here. Do you make clothes for yourself? Are you successful? Is there something special you do? I'd rather be able to figure this out for myself and avoid taking a class (for time and money reasons), but I don't think I'm going to work on it today. I think I'll do other things and stew about it for a bit longer. Because that's a nice, pleasant thing to do on a dreary, cold, and wet May Saturday, huh?