Following the instructions has always come quite naturally to me, I think that is why sewing agrees with me. Follow a set of instructions and tah-dah, you have made something. It must be down to a strict and regimented schooling or maybe it’s inbred or maybe I am just an ‘Emmet’.
This applies to most things in my life, cooking is a perfect example. When people compliment me on a dinner my standard response tends to be “well I can’t really take the credit, I just followed a recipe.” I believe you deserve full credit when you find a couple of dubious items at the back of the pantry, add a few bits of this and that from the fridge and make a stunning 3 course meal.
So, when I find myself going ‘off piste’ during a set of sewing instructions, it really takes all my energy not to break out in a sweat and throw it into the scrap box. But I have started to do this more and more over the years as my confidence grew. Although, I often can’t decide if it is confidence or corner cutting!
Recently, I went ‘off piste’. I purchased a fabulous Japanese sewing book that I have been fawning over for many months now. It’s called ‘She wears the pants’ by Yuko Takada, edgy urban style with a masculine twist. Yes, that’s me!
I started out with the simple Top with Epaulettes, my first thought was ‘I’m not making anything with a word in it that I have never heard of’. Job done, I made the Top, minus the Epaulettes*, woo hoo, minor change, but not a drastic one and it took me 45 minutes and it’s pretty good. I have just finished my second one in a navy cotton jersey called Little Wing, what a lovely name! The fabric it’s from Remnant Warehouse.
* an Epaulette is an ornamental shoulder piece.
Just about to start the Square Top, the question is, will I actually follow the instructions? Wish me luck!