Monday, January 30

I'm going to a pants party

Well, not that kind of pants party.  I was one of the lucky winners of the pants blocker from 3 Hours Past The End of the World.  Steph will be offering this as part of her Consultative Dressmaker services.  What a fantastic concept.  You have an issue, need a second opinion, she's your girl.  Sewing can be pretty frustrating when you don't have someone to just push you in the right direction.  I've been able to ask my mom at times for help, but that's not always feasible and a lot of us are self taught.

Many of you know pants are a little scary to me.  Sewing can be like an itch that needs to be scratched.  Fabric calls your name from a distance and it doesn't matter what you planned, it NEEDS you.  I have yet to touch fabric and think, oh, what pretty pants you would make.  I don't even see pants in a store as interesting, just functional.  I don't look at a fly without thinking how on earth does that actually go together... my brain hurts.  I'm sure, like bras, that once you get to it and follow the steps it's not so bad.  But fitting...

Did any of you see the Slapdash Sewists attempt at pants fitting?  Yeah, that's the hell I imagine when I think about it, Trena is a brave woman.  I bow to the mastery of Tanit-Isis and her wonderful array of jeans history.  Absolutely incredible.  All these fitted pants...  sigh.  There is some mental build up needed to go through what Trena did and I've never been up to it.  I'm okay with the however many ill fitting bras I've made.  They don't take up a lot of fabric or really a lot of time, the results are pretty if unwearable by me.  I do get better in technique over time, but pants gone wrong...  my ego hasn't been up to it.

I read that I won the pants blocker while at work on Friday.  I damn near hyperventilated from trying not to laugh and giggle and cheer out loud.  People do not need to think I'm completely crazy.  I now have an idea of how I would react on winning the lottery (although I probably would laugh very loudly because I wouldn't be working there anymore and it's okay if they think I'm the rich crazy girl).  I am up to this challenge with Steph in my corner.  This is so going to rock.

8 comments:

  1. This post is so sweet and lovely I am just about giggli-venti-lating myself. :) I'll do my best, and we'll take it one step at a time and get through it.

    Yes! That's exactly what the Consulting Dressmaker is for- problem solving, and nudge nudging. :) I love doing that here, and so far it's working pretty well with my online clients... I helped Lee fit her Sookie dress: http://www.sewweekly.com/2012/01/the-sookie-sundress-remake/

    I don't have the faintest idea what a sookie is. But I love her smile in those photos.

    Anyway, I'll be drafting my fingers off tomorrow, you should have something nice to play with by the weekend. :)

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  2. That gingham dress is really pretty, you can tell she feels beautiful. The bodice is perfect. I'm not a True Blood watcher myself, all I know is Sookie is Anna Paquin, so I don't know what makes the dress Sookie themed either.

    I will have some time to sew Sunday afternoon I think. I can't quite remember if my bowling tournament is the morning or afternoon at the moment.

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  3. I'm totally stoked you won this, too! I can't wait to see how it goes. If you can conquer bras, you can totally, totally conquer pants---especially with Steph's help! :D

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    1. Oh it's going to be an adventure. Help will certainly be appreciated. Winning this is the push I need to try something new.

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  4. Lucky you! I didn't enter the contest because I am the world's most hands-on learner -- I would literally need Steph standing right at my elbow to make a difference. Otherwise, I can't figure out what I'm supposed to do.

    I'm going to hope I can learn through following all of you vicariously! This should be fun.

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    1. I'm going to have to be better at remembering to take pictures as I go.

      Oh... it just clued in I would have an excuse to go fabric shopping... I don't buy much bottom weight fabric... tee hee hee hee

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  5. I am feeling a kinship- pants do not amuse me and I keep saying it's this years project, but boy, I have yet to have fabric tell me it was pants-to-be! I eagerly look forward to you and Steph motivating me thru your work!

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    1. Kinship is right.
      I'm looking forward to the process. Feeling like it's helping Steph too will keep me from procrastenating on the hard spots.

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