Friday, January 13, 2012
Sew Colette: Answering Your Questions
Hello, you fantastic sew-alongers! Thank you for your terrific feedback about Sew Colette. I love the diversity in this group; sewers from all skill levels and from many countries around the globe. While we are busily working away on our muslins (or toiles, depending on where you live), I wanted to take the time to answer the excellent questions you've asked.
How often will you be posting?
Regular sew-along posts will be posted once a week on Thursdays. I will also be writing one or two bonus posts that will be published in between the regular ones.
Is it best to base your size on your waist or your hip measurements?
Sarai recommends using the larger of the two to find your size. Personally, I prefer to use my waist measurement and adjust the pattern to fit my hips. Either way is fine; it's totally up to you! Excellent directions for pivot alterations - either to waist or hip - are in Chapter 4: A Fantastic Fit.
Will you be discussing fabric choices?
Yes, definitely! Watch for a post this weekend talking about just that!
Are these projects too hard for a beginner?
Absolutely not! Sarai has structured the book brilliantly, teaching you skills in every chapter that you will use to construct the garment. All these skills and techniques are cumulative; they build on each other, enabling you to take on more challenging projects as the book progresses. I love Sarai's teaching style and it's one of the reasons the sew-along follows the book layout.
One of the great things about participating in a sew-along is the built-in supportive community that goes along with it. Everyone involved has something special to offer, so feel free to ask your questions!
Do you think the style of the Meringue skirt is too young for me? I am in my 40's.
No, I think the Meringue skirt is suitable for women of all ages. The ability to customize the skirt length is what makes it so versatile. If you're feeling a bit shy, I would suggest sewing the skirt so the scallops hit you anywhere between 1" - 3" below the knee. The Meringue would also make a terrific mini skirt, which I hope gets sewn up!
Where can I post my questions?
You can post them in the Flickr group, here or on Erin's blog, or you can email me directly at rhinestonesandtelephones[at]gmail[dot]com.