Fitting in Time 

I got this great book for Christmas:

This book is sewing porn. So many beautiful pictures, included patterns, and ideas how to alter the patterns to make all new things. I’ve been too intimidated to take on any of the pieces, and it’s easy to see why.

Whenever I want to start a new project, I remember all the prep I have to do just to get to the sewing. When I’m in the mood to do some actual sewing, I don’t want to fuss with the measuring, tracing, cutting etc that can eat up what little time I have at the time.

I’m trying to set separate time for pattern prep so when I have my sewing whims, I can jump into working with the fabric.


I love how Gertie presents her patterns. A very efficient use of space with sizes ranging from 2 -16. I very obviously can’t just cut into this double sided sheet, so tracing is mandatory.

Confession Corner: There have been times, with my envelope tissue patterns, when I’ve just cut out the size I’ve wanted and discarded the rest…I have come to regret those moments. 

I’m looking to use my patterns wisely, so tracing out the specific size is something I’m determined to keep in practice.

Those are my tracing weights, don’t worry about it.

It is so f-ing time consuming, especially when you don’t have the proper materials. This is me using parchment paper, which wasn’t quite transparent enough. I had some blank pattern tissue that I did the larger pieces with, but still struggled with seeing the lines.

Whatever, I had enough to get started.


I trace it in pencil, but if I just leave the markings as pencil they’ll fade fast. So I take the time to do the ever so fun task of going over all my lines and marks a second time with permanent marker. I’ve been working on this for an hour at this point.


Then I cut them all out carefully (slowly).

That’s time for me. I usually only have short pockets of time to get my sewing in so the more I can prep my patterns ahead of time, the better.

And I still have to make a muslin before I lay hands on my nice fabric.

But for now I file these away



Plenty of space to add future sizes for each one when I need to adjust. It’s tedious but I’m more motivated to move onto the next step so that’s something.


One thought on “Fitting in Time 

  1. I hear what you are saying. I am much the same. It takes time to prep, but the actual sewing time is short. Have fun.


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