User Tag List

First 123 Last

Results 11 to 20 of 21

Thread: Anyone Sew?

  1. #11
    Permabanned
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    ExTJ
    Posts
    1,377

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    would a male seamstress be called a seamster? (and then can you imagine what the seamsters' union would be like?! )
    I'm sure they would have various rules, shady mob connections, a missing Himmy Joffa body, etc.

  2. #12
    Senior Member prplchknz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    MBTI
    yupp
    Posts
    29,772

    Default

    I can't sew never really wanted to learn. Besides me learning to knit was a disaster, and realized I'm not meant to knit. My mom on the other hand is learning how to make double knitted mittens and use to make all of her own clothes in highschool. She was going to go into fashion, but found out she was allergic to the chemicals in the factory, and she didn't want to sale the clothes but rather make them.

  3. #13
    Senior Member OctaviaCaesar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    MBTI
    INFJ
    Posts
    211

    Default

    I am terrified of the sewing machine, although I have always loved hand-sewing. My "thing" is embroidery, though. I am an avid counted cross-stitcher. It is not useful, it is decorative. I would love to sew my own wedding dress and Hallowe'en costumes--you know, historic reproduction patterns--but I don't think I would have he patience and I don't have the skill.

  4. #14
    Senior Member sandwich's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    MBTI
    INTP
    Posts
    103

    Default

    I love sewing, but I'm intimidated by the idea of making fitted clothes. I'm all over the elastic-waist skirts and pajama pants, though. Actually my latest thing has been sock monkeys. Easy and make great gifts. They can be done within an evening, and that includes watch Jeopardy while doing the hand-stitching.

    I wouldn't advise the wedding dress unless you have a seamstress-level friend who will give you advice, lots of help, and perhaps therapy.

  5. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    671

    Default

    Wow, making your own wedding dress - I'm very impressed with this goal!!

    Personally I can only sew straight lines and use other very simple techniques. I have made some really nice window treatments and pillows for my home. That's about it.

    Good luck with it!

  6. #16
    Senior Member helen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    MBTI
    INFJ
    Posts
    241

    Default

    I sew as a hobby and a kind of part time job. I've made two wedding dresses so far-- neither was for me, lol, but I'd like to make my own wedding dress someday. I'm not sure if I actually will, because there is an heirloom wedding gown of sorts in my family and sentiment may win out over creative ambition.

    If you don't have much sewing experience, sewing a wedding gown could be frustrating, but it's certainly do-able, if you're willing to be patient! My suggestion would be to pick a pattern that you are comfortable with, and make a practice dress out of muslin to make sure you get the fit right and that you understand the basic steps of construction involved. You can keep working with the muslin dress, taking it apart, trimming, and adjusting until you get it just right. It's harder to do this with satin. When you are satisfied with the muslin dress, you can take it apart carefully and use it as a pattern for the satin gown. It's wonderful to have a more knowledgeable seamstress on hand to help if you run in to problems, but most sewing difficulties can be resolved by consulting a how-to book (or several) if you are prepared to do a little research.

    Best of luck to you! Lemme know if I can help with anything more specific. . .

  7. #17
    Senior Member gretch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    MBTI
    ENFP
    Posts
    111

    Default

    I like to sew. I had someone sew my wedding dress for me. If not for only the reason that you have a zillion other things to plan before then.

    Plus I would ha v elooked more like the bride of Frankenstein
    A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.
    .
    -Victor Hugo

  8. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INFJ
    Posts
    408

    Default

    In college I took a fancy 1980s' wedding dress pattern (with big sleeves and a V-waist) and altered it to make it into a period dress for a Voltaire play (1600s). It looked pretty darn good when I was finished, although the details I labored over couldn't be seen from the audience.

    I don't know about your pattern, but one of the main keys to making clothes look good is the fit. I had a dress form that adjusted to the measurements of the actress playing the Voltaire role, so I kept fitting and refitting each piece as I went along. In the end, it fit her beautifully. Sewing for yourself is difficult in that respect unless you have a good dress form. It's very difficult to pin something on yourself without pulling the fabric out of position when you move.

    Also, you don't have the opportunity of trying on the finished garment to see whether or not the style is flattering (or whether the pattern is actually a good one!) before you make it. Helen said what I was going to suggest: make it first out of inexpensive muslin to see how it goes and whether it's what you want in the end.

  9. #19
    Senior Member htb's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Enneagram
    1w9
    Posts
    1,506

    Default

    Sew what?

    Sorry. Mancroft would've done it.

    I only sew to repair -- buttons, pockets, and so on. My grandmother is a seamstress and the daughter of a tailor/designer; her patterns, when she was still active, were impeccable.

  10. #20
    Junior Member Wizardgir1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    MBTI
    INTx
    Posts
    6

    Arrow

    My suggestion would be to pick a pattern that you are comfortable with, and make a practice dress out of muslin to make sure you get the fit right and that you understand the basic steps of construction involved.
    I actually made a practice dress out of satin so I could learn about weight and texture as I worked with the garment. It was nice enough--doable. And the fit was good--considering I measured BEFORE I cut the pattern and fabric. However, after the dress was completed, it looked very similar to a nightgown. I'm not into that. So I've decided to cut the length off the gown and have a satin top with empire waist. I'm going to Macy's or Sears to pick out a "church-y" dress to get married in.

    This entire "planning for my wedding day" blows. I'm not into it. I just want to sign the papers to be honest. My ENFP fiance wants to be married under a pastor -- I will do that to appease him. And... here's the quirky part: he wants all of these nice things for our wedding day, but I am the one contacting the people to make reservations! Argh! So, this whole business of getting married is more of a hassle than I want. ...just slide the papers to my side of the table so I can sign.

Similar Threads

  1. Has anyone ever taken a real MBTI?
    By The Ü™ in forum Myers-Briggs and Jungian Cognitive Functions
    Replies: 71
    Last Post: 06-05-2016, 09:57 PM
  2. does anyone else make up a lot of ideas for computer games?
    By Zergling in forum Arts & Entertainment
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-27-2008, 04:46 PM
  3. Anyone finished the last Harry Potter book?
    By darlets in forum Arts & Entertainment
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-11-2007, 11:28 PM
  4. Does anyone else visit this site?
    By The Ü™ in forum The Bonfire
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-09-2007, 10:23 PM
  5. Croquet, anyone?
    By disregard in forum Arts & Entertainment
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-24-2007, 07:21 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO