The First Cut

Speaking of sewing, I have my first invitation to attend a small, private gathering.  Now, not only do I need to get sewing, I have a deadline!  Definitely time to get things rolling.  It’s not just my outfit I need to make, either.  I also need to sew one for my husband.  I have never made anything from the 18th century before, and I’m a little intimidated.  Okay, VERY intimidated.

It’s been so long since I’ve sewn anything, and even then I was still a newbie learning things along the way.  I’m almost questioning myself at this point, but it’s something I really want to do.  I’m tired of missing out and putting things on hold.  Even if I fail miserably, it’s an attempt, and I’ll learn a lot from it.

Besides, once I get started, I’m sure I’ll have fun and forget about worrying too much about it.  I always get “first cut” jitters.  There is something so nerve wracking about that first cut for me.  When you have done so much prep work, and now you have nothing else to do but start cutting that fabric.  Hoping you didn’t misunderstand something or place the pattern pieces incorrectly.  Once you cut enough though, you just get over it and settle into the work.  Oh sure, sometimes you do realize there is a mistake, but you work around it and make it work out somehow.

Still, working on something like 18th century clothing when my husband was laid off a few days before Christmas makes me a little more stressed about getting things right so I don’t make too many big mistakes.  Bad enough spending all that money the first time for fabrics; I don’t want to have to do it two or three more times!  He’s missed seeing me work on things that make me happy, and seeing the progress I make.  I know I’ve definitely missed it, too.

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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3 Responses to The First Cut

  1. I’d be terrified to cut into fabric, too. Especially expensive fabric.

    As a whole, you’ve pulled off much more than you’ve had to rework.

    And the things you had to do over, you learned.

    Most people are so afraid to fail that they refuse to even pick up the proverbial scissors, let alone start making that first cut!

    I look forward to seeing you back to sewing 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to sewing again, too. Unfortunately, I’m feeling a little nervous about the first batch of fabric we bought. True, it’s mainly for a test and it’s similar to what I’ll be looking for, so I can see how it looks and make sure I’ll be able to match it up smoothly. I don’t know if it’s stretchy enough even on the bias, and I already feel a little guilt that I didn’t look for something cheaper. Then again, if we don’t find anything else and that’s the best it gets for a little while… that’s another reason I got it. Just in case it does work out for a temp fix. Augh! 🙂

  3. Believe it or not, I’m still having issues pushing myself to get started. At least I’ve made some progress with getting organized and moving my sewing machine to another room so I won’t bother my husband. Still, ugh! Looking forward to eventually getting this behind me and sewing. I’ll be wondering why I ever hesitated!

    In my defense of course, I do have a lot on my mind.

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