Monday, 30 July 2012
1. Remember that when you wash fabric, any fabric, but especially vintage fabric, it may change in texture. When I bought it, it was a stiff-ish cotton fabric which I thought would be great for soft furnishings. After washing it, it became very slippery and was extremely difficult to sew, even when I pinned and tacked it.
2. Try to think about the pattern and get the pieces the right way round, which will save time and temper. I sewed it all up then realised I had sewed the flap of the pillowcase the wrong way round. Grrr! Elementary mistake, but I really should have avoided that.
3. Tidy up as you go along. Anyone who knows me knows that I am messy. This morning, there were threads everywhere, sewing paraphernalia everywhere and a general pickle which now needs to be tidied up before I have lunch. Tidying as I go will perhaps never be a target I meet, but I can try harder.
4. Choose a suitable material for your project (even if you love the fabric you have just bought and are determined to use it, no matter what). The vintage material was a nightmare to sew. If I had used a nice simple cotton material, things would have been much easier.
Do you think I'll remember any of these very sensible notes next time I embark on a project? No, nor do I.