HP101 was supposed to be a super easy pattern for me to jumpstart my beginner sewing frenzy, but already I’m stumped!!! I thought after reading all of the sewing blogs in my reader for these many long months (almost a year now) and two classes, I would be able to read a sewing pattern. Sheesh!
In my own defense, I don’t have all the requisite materials for this pattern, like single fold bias tape or the elastic yet. And I thought I should be able to understand reading the directions without them in front of me, but it’s like reading Greek. Here they are, the directions, in all their glorious obfuscation…
Is it just as confusing to you as it is to me??? Am I just word problem challenged? How am I supposed to sew if I can’t read directions? I don’t want to need handholding all the time (thank you Victoria for your patience in explaining to me the most mundane things about sewing). I am so frustrated with this aspect of my learning curve. Can you imagine me trying to figure out a Burda pattern? Everybody on PR keeps talking about how Burda’s instructions suck. So I guess I just blew money on my subscription there. *discouraged*
Question for you all out there in sewing land: Can I substitute FOE (fold over elastic) for the bias tape/elastic part of this blouse? Which would look less becky home-ecky? From my limited understanding of the instructions, it would seem that the bias tape shows on the fashion fabric side, does that look nice? I thought bias tape was more of an innard kind of thing (do you like my technical lingo?) 😉
On a more positive note, I did cut out my muslin last night. I just have to pick up some single fold bias tape and elastic and I can start working on this again on Friday night. Tonight and tomorrow night I have outings planned. This is going to be a slow process for me as I am a working single parent and still have some sort of a life (ok, I only have a knitting group on Thursday nights, but I am counting that as a life), so I can only devote a few evenings here and there to sewing.
Until later, happy sewing!