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That Learning Curve

I set out about a year ago to apply my perpetually jet lagged brain to garment sewing for myself again--wanting to learn new techniques and knowing I would have to learn how to fit my, ahem, "mature" body.  

Boy, have I learned.... 


...that FBAs are wondermous.  Why did it take so many years for me to catch on?  Countless wadders could have been avoided.

...that still, I tend to make things too big.

...I have narrow shoulders and have great success in making a size smaller in the neck & shoulders than I do for the rest of my bod.

...that my skirt & dress hems look far better just above my knee.  No more church lady look!  Not that I have anything against church ladies--I am one ;)

...that adhesive dots work great on knits to identify the right sides.  Even the Chinese ones found in UB.




...that 1/4" Steam-a-Seam works great for narrow hems on unruly knits.  





...that using grosgrain ribbon for skirt facings is fun.  I get a kick out of  hiding something colorful within a basic garment.










I have to give A LOT of credit to some great new books and the online sewing community--which gives the gift of laughter as well.


Oh, and...that I choose flats over heels more and more these days.  
And that is very OK.
Thank heavens there's lots of great looking, comfortable flats out there besides orthopedic shoes.

Well, off to the Rockies to spot some fall glory with the Munchkins.




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