That is the question. I've been spending a lot of time thinking about doing some sewing. Specifically about making some garments, either vintage or modern. I've been reading some fabulous sewing blogs and am inspired (especially inspired by Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing). But there is one tiny problem. I have a confession to make. I'm scared of modern sewing.
Yes, I know, I've been doing medieval costuming for a while and while I can happily pattern a cotehardie from scratch, create beautiful hand sewn eyelets, fell seams, hem invisibly etc.. I am paralysed when presented with paper patterns, zippers, fusible webbing, and other things associated with sewing anytime in the past century. Even the language confuses me. I'm sure I probably know how to do some of the techniques, I just don't know them by the that name.
For my birthday this year, a lovely friend gave me a pattern for a basic suit (jacket, pants, skirt, and cami top) along with some suiting fabric.
Today I decided it was time to put on my big girl panties and admit I have no idea what I'm doing and get some help. I went into Hobbysew and asked the lovely ladies for a good beginner's sewing book and came away with Simplicity's Simply the Best Sewing book, which appears to have information on most of the standard techniques, with diagrams.
I got it home, made a cup of tea, and started to have a flick through. After deciding that I didn't feel any more reassured, I figured it was time to wander out in the drizzle (cup of tea in hand) to retrieve my mail before it got completely sodden. It was then that I received a Sign. There was something on the road in front of our driveway. I thought it was junk mail that had blown onto the road, so went to retrieve it. It was not junk mail. It was this:
It's a pattern for a child's knit tops, slacks and shorts. I'd guess maybe an 80's vintage and rather well loved judging by the tape around the edges. Looks like it had also been run over at least once. The paper pattern was inside the envelope and in good condition (though a tad damp). I've got it and the instruction booklet drying in the lounge room.
While children's clothing was not really on my "to make" list, I take the random arrival of a pattern on my doorstep as a sign that I am to give this modern sewing thing a go. No more excuses, no more trepidation. Just get stuck in and learn as I go. First, though, I'm going to need another cup of tea.