Sew 20‘s Real Life, Real Sewing blog tour challenged participants to show that we actually wear the things we make. None of the staged photos, just actual photos of us going about our daily life wearing handmade.Roxanne of PenSeb&Rox and Sew 20 sent tour participants some questions to answer for her #realliferealsewing tour.
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1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?
For awhile I went through a phase where I would buy all the fabric and I accumulated I huge stash in a short amount of time. I’ve been good though lately, I haven’t bought any new fabric in about 4 months and what I bought 4 months ago was oilcloth as I didn’t have any in my stash. Now (at least for the time being) before choosing a project, I first go through my stash and find some fabric that inspires me and then choose a project to go with it.
2. Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?
I wish I planned ahead better. Sometimes I go through weeks where I don’t get any sewing time so by the time I start a project I had planned it’s too late in the season to have much use for it so I drop it and do another project. Like in April I’ll decide I need a new cardigan, I’ll choose my fabric, spend a few days searching my pattern stash for the perfect pattern, print it out and assemble it but by the time I get around to cutting fabric it’s end of May and it’s 30+ Celsius out.
3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.
Currently it’s my Shwin Day Tripper pictured below. I wear it at least once a week. I love the fabric and it’s super comfy. I love dolmans, so my other most worn sewn item is my Golden Rippy Delilah. I don’t wear it as much anymore as it’s starting to wear out and get holes in the fabric but it still gets worn quite a bit as I don’t have a huge wardrobe (rtw or handmade, I need to go shopping/sewing). For Silly Bean her most worn item was her Secret Garden dress. She wore that dress weekly for over a year, she would have kept wearing it but I couldn’t get zip it up anymore. Miss V’s most worn item was her owl Otium top, 18 months later and I just put it in storage. It was slightly large for her when I made it and the sleeves have been too short for only the last two months. She loved the owls and would want to wear it as soon as it was clean again.
4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?
A couple dresses I made Silly Bean I thought she would love but for some reason she didn’t and she never wore them. In those cases it’s because she didn’t like the fabric as much I had thought she would. I’m hoping that Miss V will like them when she gets bigger but she’s even more opinionated about what she wants to wear than Silly Bean was at her age so who knows.
5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?
Hmm… well, my favourite tip is to press your seams as you go. It really does make a difference in your sewing and can help make your sewing go from looking ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’ if that makes any sense. The only time people ask me if I made a piece of clothing is when it’s a fabric print that doesn’t seem too common. I’m just going to attribute that to good pressing, ha.
Do you have any examples of Real Life, Real Sewing to show off? You can play along by using the #realliferealsewing on social media.