Breaking a Losing Streak

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 7/30/2014 to Sewing Projects
Have you ever gone through a period when nothing you sew turns out right? Well, I have been going through just such a period recently. I hated everything I sewed last month. Nothing turned out the way that I thought it would or the way that I intended. This string of losers included two dresses, a shirt and a jacket. 

This bothers me, of course, because supposedly, I know how to sew. All of my sewista friends have tried to reassure me. “We all have losing streaks,” they said. But still, it makes me feel a bit insecure about my sewing skills. 

My solution? I decided to sew something very simple - a table runner and a set of placemats. And best of all, I needed a new set of placemats.  

I’ve been wanting to improve my design sensibilities when it comes to mixing and matching different fabrics, so I decided to patch together fabric from an old tablecloth and some scraps and some samples I had lying around. 

Here is the table runner and a placemat:
Looks nice with my square white dinnerware and my cool flatware - Aero from Crate & Barrel. It includes one fabric that we still have in stock. Banana Republic - Botanical Burnout Dots on White Crinkle

I recommend this method of breaking out of a “losing streak” so to speak. And there are a great many simple things you can do, like a simple top or skirt, with great fabric that can easily set things right. 

By now, many of you have seen the new pattern books out in the stores. My next blog post will be a review of some of the new fall patterns that you might like to sew. Stay tuned.
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Jo Ann Manzone Date 8/1/2014
What a great idea to break out of a losing streak. I some times feel that way about my felting projects. It makes sense to something simple. I love the combo of fabrics. Very elegant looking set.
Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter Date 8/1/2014
Thanks JoAnn! Great to have your encouragement.
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