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You know the projects I mean. The ones that embarrass you. The ones that make you wince because you wasted so much time and money. The ones that were doomed from the start.


Do you realise that they were actually the best thing that could have happened to you?

 

 

 

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Karen Lavoie
Cathy, I frequently line garments and then find out they're too heavy, and then they stall on hangers or wear like a cardboard box. These usually involve garments that need to not have hoops/rungs or petticoat frills show (by that I mean bumps and lumps) through. Any thoughts? Do other members have this situation happen?
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cathyhay
What are you lining them with, Karen? Do you mean the whole thing turns out too heavy, or the lining is too heavy and hangs down?
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Joann Carolus
Very helpful. I'd never considered thay two equally educated and talented people could lift , or draft a pattern of the same item and have them be different.. It makes sense. Why ever would they be the same? I will stop beating myself up that I didn't attend FIT, and by extension am an un-educated fool who dosen't know the "correct" method, and just get on with things.
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Miranda
I've heard that one learns through trial and error in sewing. Also that it's like having to kill a 1000 plants before you can become a good gardener, but your enthusiasm and discovery and even the wording of this video, is a real, real help. Thank you. Why is one so afraid of that garment that you have to close in the front. It's a fear that you'll not going to fit into it, even when you've taken the right measurements - perfection again? And those collars and neck openings, there is an unnatural fear - is it because it is seen most on the garment, perfectionism once again? Miranda
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cathyhay
If you simply aim to learn something, it gets much easier, even if a flaw might be visible.

Note to self... kill more roses! (I do love roses!)

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Sarah Walsh
I do so love your little pep talks!! I was joking with a sewing friend about the title of one of your recent vlogs, "When did you last make something for yourself?" I said to my friend, facetiously, "Why are you judging me, Cathy Hay??" LOL :-D But I know you're not, I know you're trying to encourage and inspire! And now I am pleased to say, I can answer, "Last week!"

I made the Laughing Moon "Theatrical Stays" to wear under a gorgeous bib-front Regency gown made by said sewing friend, for dancing at the "Mr Darcy's Delight" ball at Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria. I did everything by machine except the eyelets, all 34 of which I did by hand, and from start to finish I had them done in two weeks. There's nothing like an imminent event to provide motivation!

All this to say, thanks for the encouragement and inspiration. It works!!

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cathyhay
Yay! Well done for getting it done Sarah! You made me lol too, I'm glad you're enjoying the videos!
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