I love dreaming up all these plans and hunting around for the right fabrics and trimmings but things tend to grind to a bit of a halt when it comes to actually getting started. I know exactly why this is; I find cutting a pattern SO boring and fiddly and am scared of making alterations to a pattern either to fit or to achieve my dreamed up version as I've never really done that before. Just the thought of all this fiddling is enough to completely zap my motivation. Anyway I decided enough was enough, I need to stop just creating an ever bigger pile of fabric and take the bull by the horns. I took advantage of the unexpected snow day on Monday and just got stuck in!
I started a little pattern cutting production line and am really chuffed to say that I've got a nice little pile of fabric pattern pieces ready to assemble for 3 projects and another two pdf patterns assembled and ready to cut. I'm even more chuffed to say that I actually really enjoyed it! I think it was mainly to do with a change in mindset from wanting to get the cutting out of the way so I could get on the machine (which I really enjoy) to knowing all I was doing was cutting and I could take my time over it because it didn't matter how much I got done.
I tried to really take care with each and every step and piece. I usually do my cutting on the floor as we don't have a very big table and I thought it was important to get all your pattern pieces laid out at once on the fabric. I still think this is important if you are concerned about getting all the pieces out of the fabric but I knew I was fine for the projects I was cutting and something made me try cutting on the table, one or two pieces at a time. I found it SO much easier! No bending over and crawling round on my knees and I was just at a better angle for cutting, for using scissors or a rotary cutter (another little discovery which has removed SOME of my 'sewing with silk' dread!).
Things are going to be a little bit frantic and life-consuming work wise for a little while but I'm hoping that now I've got the painstaking bit out of the way I'll be more inclined to pick up some sewing and start assembling a garment when I've got a little bit of free time! Hopefully I'll have at least one finished item to show you at some point over the next week. My sewing resolution for Karen of Did You Make That's Sewlutions Jar was to make at least 12 items of clothing for myself this year so I need to get cracking and get one done for January!
How about you? Do you dislike the cutting or prefer any particular part of the sewing process to another? What do you to to combat that?