Saturday, November 03, 2012

Preparing skirt pattern thoughts

Decided to skip CURVES this AM!!! Walking around the grocery store and Walmart later will give me some exercise points today.  It was just one of those Saturday mornings where I wanted to do nothing more than drink my coffee, read some and go into the sewing room.

There have been plenty of discussions around the sewing blog world about using TNT patterns and using those as a jumping off point for creating a new but different garment from the TNT basic one.  I truly admire those individuals who do this time and time again.  I too have a few TNT's.  Given my personality, and supported by various "personality" tests such as Myers-Briggs and Right Path, I tend toward spontaneity and variation from routine.   So I tend to have several patterns that vary a lot or very little from another pattern.

That's the story I am sticking to when another big envelope arrives with more patterns and my husband says, "More patterns?"  Of course they are I say, I don't have these.  I also from time to time talk about my selling patterns on PR or eBay., which as I tell him gives me more funds to buy new patterns when Club BMV has their next sale.

Back to my original thoughts on my blog post for this AM--I just completed the fitting adjustments for the newest of Vogue skirt patterns recently arriving in a big envelope.  As I am making all of these preparations, I am thinking why not use a pattern that you have already perfected the fit and instead of cutting and taping pieces back together?  You could have cut out the fabric and lining for a skirt by now.  That is true; but the thrill of conquering something new is  the key challenge for me.  Sometimes, not all the time, the sewing of the TNT pattern feels like sewing numerous straight stitches to make some curtains for the kitchen or bathroom.  It equates to boring for me.

Please dear reader do not take my remarks personally if you are TNT pattern sewer; I am talking about me not you!  One of the sewists I admire and love how creative she is using her TNT patterns is Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic blog.  From reading her blog, my guess about her personality is she is very organized, makes lists and works it.  To me, she is queen, I think, of  sewing with a plan.    My plan most of the time is sewing a skirt, a top, a dress without thinking wardrobe plan and on occasion not really knowing what pattern I am going to use til I walk into the sewing room.

Whatever your sewing personality may be, enjoy your process and enjoy the pleasure you get from sewing.


8 comments:

  1. I also need more TnTs, though I have a few. When I do have a creative idea, it is such a pleasure to start with a pattern that doesn't need an FBA, or to be narrowed in the shoulders and hips. Right now I am using a brand new pattern, but I plan for it to become a TnT. That's my new MO, to choose a pattern with an eye to it becoming another TnT. Have fun sewing! :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I have about four TNT's.

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  2. "more patterns ... [because] I don't [already] have these" sounds, oh, a little familiar!

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  3. Oh please, no offense taken! Everyone sews in their own way. You can only do what's right creatively for yourself. And as much as I advocate TNT patterns, I realize that everyone doesn't share my creative path. I enjoy your sewing adventures very much and look forward to each of your new garments.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Carolyn. Yes, we all have our creative paths.

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  4. It's wonderful that we can take out own sewing paths and do what works well for us. I realize that some of my habits or techniques are so elementary, but they work well for me. Not to say that I'm against learning new techniques to enhance or make my sewing results more professional. I do love my 2 or 3 TNT patterns.

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  5. My sewing philosophy is if it works that's what counts. I enjoy reading & seeing others sew from new patterns as well as sewing up TNTs. Its the best of both worlds.

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I am adding comment moderation as I found recently some comments that really have nothing to do with the post at hand. I may decide to change this in the future. Sorry a few bad apples ruin something for many!

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