JoAnna posted this on her blog earlier and I have experienced far too many of these to not post it here. Enjoy!
Things I've Learned From Sewing at 2:00 a.m. ...
Thank you to Timothy Bruno for providing the original post. If you know who originally wrote this list, please let me know. I would like to give credit where it is due.
- I hate hemming.
- My bobbin winder hates me.
Lisa Ashton's Corollary:
Don't try to talk on the phone and sew a straight seam unless you intend for your finger to be included. Blood on white fabric is frustrating, and the screaming scares the cat.
- The more you try to fix the hem, the more you will screw it up.
Lisa Ashton's Corollary:
If you have just sewn the same seam inside out or right side to wrong side TWICE, it's time for a break.
- I need a serger.
- Don't use red chalk to draw the pattern on white fabric when you need the garb the next day.
- If the neck hole was too little the first time, only cut a little bit off at a time. There's no going back. I now have an off-the-shoulder undertunic.
- If you're trying on the garb you're sewing over and over to get the right fit, it's easier just to sew nekkid. Someone please tell me I'm not alone.
- The first time you sew it together, use a big stitch. They're easier to pull out.
- Trying to convince yourself that no one will notice that the sleeves are two different lengths gets easier as the night goes on.
- They play really crappy music on the radio at 2:00 a.m.
- Ignore the "Buy 1 more yard than you think you'll need" rule. Replace it with the "Buy 7 more yards than you think you'll need" rule.
- Get $1/yard fabric. Then you won't swear at yourself so much.
- You can see a black bra through $1/yard white cotton.
- You can see a white bra through $1/yard white cotton.
- You can see you're not wearing a bra through $1/yard white cotton.
- The warning on cold medicine that says you shouldn't operate heavy machinery while on this drug should state sewing machines specifically.
- If you're going to be trying on something that's pinned, and have to pull it over your head, remember to wear protective eye gear.
- The numbers on my tape measure move. They must. I've measured 3 times, and it's still not working.
- You really do have to match plaids or your butt looks funny.
- Remember Rule 6? Don't do that again on the over tunic. Next time, try a key hole.
- At 4:00 AM, leaving the garb too big sounds perfectly acceptable.
- No matter what you learned from your last 2:00 a.m. sewathon, you're gonna do it all again.
- Never cut fabric strips in the middle of the night!
Michele Sol - ask her about her belly dancing outfit experience.
- It is best not to continue the project once the cat decides that you are still sitting at their night time sleeping area.
- For the spouses of the 2:00 a.m. sewer: Learn to duplicate their"Are you still on the computer?" phrase and tone of voice. They may not be happy to hear it, but it gets the message through.
John O'Halloran - Who had to do it on the eve of his wedding.
- If a costume needs machine sewing, and it is not done the day before leaving for an event, it stays home.
Betsy R. Delaney
Stephanie Carrigg's Corollary:
If a costume is not done three days before the convention, it doesn't go.
- Allow plenty of time for bead work - complex bead work can require a year to do. Do your beadwork before the major construction.