About the blog
This is a blog about sewing – mostly clothes, mostly for myself. I don’t sew a lot but I’m hoping to do more. I plan to use this space to recount my trials and hopefully share a few successes.
I expect to focus a lot on fitting, since that’s a skill I’m trying to improve. To that end, I’m petite and shortwaisted, meaning I’m short everywhere but extra short in the lower torso. Other details forthcoming as I chronicle my fitting woes.
My approach to sewing
I come to sewing through the somewhat unusual path of historic costuming. My interest has been early medieval, which means a lot of tunics, a lot of straight lines, and minimal fitting. (Or should I say, my interest in straight lines and minimal fitting meant I gravitated to early medieval, i.e. tunics.) I like having nicely finished seams but I don’t particularly care for sergers (overlockers), so I tend to go with French seams or bound seams whenever possible.
I’m not in the habit of using commercial patterns (or making street clothes, for that matter) but I’m trying to get more comfortable with them so I can improve my rather spartan wardrobe.
I consider myself to be something of a Selfish Seamstress in that I mostly sew for myself, but I’ve hardly raised it to the art that Herself has. I’m no Sewaholic, that’s for sure; at this point I usually want to have the item more than I want to make the item, but alas – having it requires making it more often than not. And I’m much too fussy and methodical (some would say “plodding”) to be a Slapdash Sewist. I suppose you could say I’m a citizen of the Petite Republic.