A Simple Sewing Project

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@BettyB (4219)
Summerville, South Carolina
May 22, 2017 7:19am CST
I love to sew but I mostly make lap robes and baby blankets now days. I haven’t completed a serious sewing project in ages. I’m not sure if I have to patience for it now, but I need some new shirts. I came across this material in Walmart and it was marked down to a buck fifty a yard. I haven’t seen material, even scraps, marked down that low in ages. I figured it was worth a shot. If I mess it up the only true investment is time and I have plenty of that. When I sat down at the pattern books, I remembered why I gave up sewing clothes. Even at half price the pattern cost twice what I paid for the material. As I really want some simple cotton shirts for the hot days ahead, I went ahead and bought the pattern. So that’s my project for the week. Do you sew? Do you cringe at the cost of patterns now days?
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@Kandae11 (38813)
22 May 17
I was sewing since age ten - but nothing too elaborate. I tried using patterns only once.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
I've created some of my patterns over the years, but I'm not good at that. I need something to start with and then I can start adjusting and changing it.
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@atoz1to10 (6824)
• Australia
22 May 17
I can sew but not very good. At the moment I'm planning to make my own curtains. Is that the dress you are going to make with the materials shown?
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
There's a dress version on the pattern and if the shirts turn out, I may try that as well. My plan in a couple of simple sleeveless shirts for summer.
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@atoz1to10 (6824)
• Australia
23 May 17
@BettyB Make sure you take a photo of you wearing it to show us please.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25868)
• United States
22 May 17
I can barely put a button on
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
I like to sew but my projects have gotten simpler over time. I'm afraid to start. I'm afraid I'll screw it up.
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@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
22 May 17
I like to sew and as pattern I use old shirts, I cut them and I use the pieces as patterns.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
I've done that but its been a while. I figured it would be easier to work with a premade pattern.
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@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
23 May 17
@BettyB It's easier to work with a premade pattern, but it works even using old shirts.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
25 May 17
@LadyDuck I haven't created a pattern from old clothes in so long that I would probably mess it up. I'm going to make these shirts and then probably go back to sewing lap robes and baby blankets.
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@PainsOnSlate (20341)
• Canada
24 May 17
Good luck, I did sew years ago but out of necessity, when my daughter grew up I gave her my sewing machine and have not missed it at all. My creativity is used in my art. And when I need something fixed, there is a small business in town where 5 women do repairs and all things with sewing machines and I sent my husband there and I go too when needed.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
25 May 17
I usually limit my sewing to baby blankets and lap robes. I want some new blouses and I couldn't find anything I liked in the store. I'll sew these two but then I'll probably go back to sewing baby blankets and lap robes.
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• Canada
26 May 17
@BettyB I made a lot of our clothes in the past but just lost the urge probably as we aged we had more money then when we were younger...
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 May 17
@PainsOnSlate That makes a difference. When I was a teen, I sewed out of necessity. I kept it up into adulthood but the busier I got, the less I sewed. Maybe if I had a little girl to sew for instead of boys, I might of kept it up longer. I made a few things for the boys but my husband always said they looked girlish.
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@RubyHawk (27104)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 May 17
I used to sew more than I do now. I like quilting an I sew something for myself once in awhile. I have materials .i should make tops with. I have lots of old patterns but no new ones.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
25 May 17
I've been slowly using up my surplus material sewing lap robes for a couple of nursing homes. That's about the extent of my sewing lately. I'm not sure how this is going to go. I look at the material, and then sit down to do something else.
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@RubyHawk (27104)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 May 17
@BettyB I do the same. I just can't seem to get myself going.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 May 17
@RubyHawk There's too many other things I would rather be doing.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 May 17
I used to sew for my young sons but I was always pretty bad at it. I know patterns cost a lot. Good luck with your shirts.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
I used to be a really good seamstress, but I don't sew enough anymore. I'm not sure if I want to 'really' start sewing again. Lap robes and baby blankets are fun and easy.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 May 17
@BettyB I think as you get older your mind turns to more simple pleasures.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 May 17
@JudyEv So true. When I have leisure time I usually put on an audiobook and crochet.
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• United States
22 May 17
I love to sew. My sewing machine needs some tlc and I don't have the patience to figure out what is wrong with it. Not sure if there is anyone locally who fixes the dang things anymore. I look at the Goodwill for patterns when I am in the market for one.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
My sister took her machine in for repairs. It cost more than buying a new machine. I didn't think to look at the Goodwill. I need to check that out.
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• United States
22 May 17
@BettyB check out used patterns online too. Often times people buy a pattern thinking they will complete a project and never do it.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
25 May 17
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@SIMPLYD (80400)
• Philippines
23 May 17
I can only sew simple things such as a simple curtain or a plain blanket of bedsheet. Really, the pattern's price is much more expensive than the sewing cloth. I guess, i would be deterred by that, if I am a sewer.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
The only time its worth it is if you make several versions from the same pattern.
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@SIMPLYD (80400)
• Philippines
24 May 17
@AnthOcean (407)
22 May 17
yes i sew.. and i am learning doing more. i sewed a few purses in hand and next planning to sew shirts in leisure times.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
I hope to get one of the shirts sewn this week. We'll see.
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23 May 17
@BettyB ohh no.. it's not possible this recent. i am busy with work. but hopefully by the end of this year i may upload my self sewed shirt
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@acelawrites (11847)
• Philippines
23 May 17
Yes I also sew, but only simple ones like bedsheets, curtains, pillow cases or shorts! I could not make a pattern!
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
I'm not sure I could make a pattern anymore either. It's been a very long time. I looked at the material yesterday but couldn't talk myself into working on it. I was too tired and unfocused.
@Susan2015 (21059)
• United States
23 May 17
No because I've just never been good at it.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
Not many sew now days. I'm not an expert. I've messed up more than I've succeeded with.
• United States
22 May 17
Good luck with your project! I didn't even know they still sold patterns these days. Guess I've been away from sewing longer than I thought. My patience and my eyes keep me from sewing clothes but I used to make clothes for myself and my daughters many, many years ago. Keep us posted on your shirts
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
The huge sewing stores of yesteryear are gone. The new ones have more crafts than material.
• United States
22 May 17
I haven't the patience or I guess know how to follow patterns. I haven't a sewing machine and if I did, would barely use it. Admire anyone that knows how to sew. I could piece together something if I had to though. Hope these turn out nicely and will love to see your work when done.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
It's not a common hobby now days. I only know a few young people that sew.
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@sugartoes (41255)
• Greencastle, Indiana
22 May 17
I sew but what I sew won't be nothing like making a shirt or clothes it's really simple stuff that I know won't take a lot of time to do.
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
That's mostly what I sew now days as well. I hope the shirts turn out but I won't be surprised if they don't.
@Juliaacv (31366)
• Canada
22 May 17
I am hoping to get back into sewing again. I know that patterns are costly, but can't you get some for next to nothing online these days?
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
22 May 17
Patterns for small items are easy to download, but I don't like downloading bigger items. It's hard to get the pattern laid out right.
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@DianneN (80011)
• United States
23 May 17
I used to sew simple A-line skirts and dresses in high school and college. Haven't done any sewing since. Good luck!
@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
23 May 17
Thanks. I had planned on making it this week, but by the time I get home from the clinic, all I want to do is take a nap. It may be a while.
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@Hannihar (38356)
3 Apr
@BettyB It sounds like you do amazing things with a sewing machine. I hate sewing and am not good at it but do what I have to do.
@responsiveme (16757)
• India
27 May 17
I saw the other projects you had made...Good luck with the shirt.Cant you download free patterns
@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
26 May 17
I only sew things that don't need a pattern like pillow covers. I would much rather buy my clothes. lol Trust me, it is better that I do!!