What the h-e-double hockey sticks have I gotten myself into?
I don’t make clothes often. But I am always mending, adding, and changing my existing clothes. I also think I’m a competent sewer or at least a confident one. I often start a project never having done anything like it and just going for it. Laying it all out in my mind, seeing the end result and most often, getting there just fine. Friends will ask, “Hey, can you make me a blah-bidi-blah?”. I almost always respond, “Totally. Yeah! How big do you want it?” Whilst in my head I am thinking, “Mmmhhh…can I make that? Yeah I think so…never done it before but it can’t be too hard.”
So I almost never use patterns for anything. Also because pattern language is not English. Honestly. I’m not a stupid person. But you need a doctorate in linguistics to understand that crap! It took me like 20 minutes of head rubbing to understand this sentence, “Lay front sides right side together with center front”. After I got it I couldn’t believe how long it had taken me…there HAS to be a better way to word that!
I keep wanting to veer off the patterned path and start following my sewing instincts, but I fear that will take me someplace that no dress-maker returns from. But this is why I don’t like patterns. They make people afraid to sew. People who are creative and possess all the skills needed to learn to sew, take one look at a pattern and run the other way.
I know, I know. I’ll get use to it, it takes practice, just pick up the lingo, etc. But I have a dream…that someday, people of all sewing levels, novice and pro, fearful and confident…will find solace in a simple, easy to follow pattern…and I’ll write that pattern. And I’ll shake my fist at the pattern world and say, “Ha! Take that! I believe in equal rights for all those who dare make a bridesmaids dress for that upcoming wedding! I believe in their abilities! I want to HELP them…not hinder them. So…HA again!”.