Fatima Shajarataddurr

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I am a big sewist and have learned a few tricks over the years to make my sewing more efficient.  These tips may not work for everyone but they work for me.

Buying fabric, pattern, notions, driving, etc  = I buy notions in bulk from Wawak and patterns when they are on sale.  I check the pattern sales online and go to the stores with my list ready. Fabric online. So 4 hours per year total, .04 hours/week

Cutting out pattern = If I need to trace and add seam allowances this could be 1 hour, it could be 2 hours if I have to assemble the PDF print- at-home pattern.  With regular patterns, probably .5 hour

alter pattern = .33 hours as I have learned my needed alterations and have all rulers, curves, etc.

prewash + iron fabric = All fabric is washed upon entering the house, or sent to the dry cleaner if it is that sort.  It gets processed in bulk, so each individual fabric takes .1 to wash.  Ironing? I have an iron press and I also have the big board Big Board so even a large garment probably takes .5 hours

layout and cut pattern, transfer pattern markings, etc = I use generally simple shapes and employ pattern weights instead of pins.  I also use an elevated, extended cutting table with grid mats.  I use snips to mark almost all markings. .25 hours

Sew long seams and iron flat= .5 hours

Sew fiddly bits (plackets, waistband, press and sew darts, pleats, etc)= I try to avoid fiddly bits but if I do have to use them, .5 hours

Install notions,  buttons, clasps, zippers, etc, = Again, with my clothing style there are not many of these.  Maybe elastic, with elastic puller: .1 hour.

2.28 hours for a regular garment if I am doing the math correctly.
Hope these tips help someone.

Catie George wrote:
From my experience:
Buying fabric, pattern, notions, driving, etc  =1.5 hrs.
Cutting out pattern = 1 hr (read instructions, mark cutting lines, cut, iron pattern pieces).
alter pattern =0.5-2 hrs.
prewash + iron fabric = 1.5 hrs.
layout and cut pattern, transfer pattern markings, etc = 1-2 hrs.
Sew long seams and iron flat=1.5 hr.
Sew fiddly bits (plackets, waistband, press and sew darts, pleats, etc)=2 -4hrs.
Install notions,  buttons, clasps, zippers, etc, = 1-2 hrs.

So about  10 hrs to 15.5 hrs, plus more time for my screw ups, etc. About 5+ hrs of screwups on my last project- (button holer not working and 1 way directional fabric that you can only see in strong light, and a lot of seam ripping..)

My last project took about 5 days of my Christmas break. Project before that 10 hrs and never finished. One before that (easy circle skirt) 2 weekends + 5 evenings.  Yes, you can save time by reusing patterns and buying the fabric and notions for multiple at once, but it's still a lot! I don't have 15 extra hours in a month to use for sewing at this point in my life.  

1 year ago
extreme survival

Interesting article, scroll down for the part about dogs. Some of the comments are useful too.
8 years ago
No, I don't make clothes to sell, it's a labor of love. If I were near Oklahoma, I'd be thrilled to help you - but I'm in Abu Dhabi, alas.
8 years ago
You should, with a little pattern adaptation, be able to sew for her easily. I went to the Simplicity size charts http://www.simplicity.com/t-sewing-measurement-charts.aspx#misspetite and could clearly see her measurements in the size 10 range (pattern size 10, not regular clothes size 10) in the Misses Petite. Even the petite will still be a little long, you will learn where on her specific body the length needs to be removed. Then you will make the shoulder adjustment such as in this video: http://thepetitesewist.blogspot.com/2011/10/narrowwide-shoulder-pattern-adjustment.html
8 years ago
Yeah, I totally make my own clothes. I make everything except shoes (and a couple of times, have even made those). To learn sewing tips and techniques, I suggest you visit sewing.patternreview.com, burdastyle.com, and just start going to youtube.com and watching videos. If you live where you can go to a public library, there should be available books.

Now about your daughter being an atypical size, if you give us more details, I can try to give some design help. For most people you're going to learn some fit techniques by which you can alter standard patterns for each person. For some people (thinking achondroplasia or other types of significant difference), you may need to learn pattern drafting skills.

8 years ago
I love the podcasts and will pay for more.
Will you be training yourself to do other masonry, or only RMH? I know a shop teacher in a public school who is also a trained mason. On evenings and weekends, he has more projects than he can handle. Fireplaces, chimneys, retaining walls, and he also does tilework.
8 years ago