Tips for Sewing More, Better, Faster

I spent a good portion of my time in 2017 changing how I sew. I had a baby, so sewing went from being a hobby to a necessity for my sanity and changing body. I read, researched and tried a great deal of things to help me sew more, better and faster. Read on if your 2018 sewing goals involve squeezing in more time to sew or squeezing out more, better makes in the time you already have.

How to: Copy your fave undies

I have a massive drawer full of underwear and wear maybe 10 per cent of them. I buy panties so infrequently (don’t judge) that companies change their patterns before I can bulk buy the undies I have figured out I like. 
In my last batch of underwear, I discovered the most comfortable pair of briefs I’ve ever owned. They have no elastic, which is a huge plus for me as I find that waistbands and legbands (?) squeeze and are never comfortable. This one magical pair was a basic boy-cut style with unfinished edges – they stayed in place, caused no visible lines and looked ridiculously simple to copy. If you’ve got your own pair of favourite, unicorn underwear read on to learn how to replicate them. 

I tried it: Batching

I’ve been a big fan of making multiples of any pattern for a long time, so it seemed a natural next step to sew multiple iterations of a garment in one big batch. I made my Bicycle and Kitty Cat Lindens simultaneously and also the Cream and Gold Check and Sleeveless Chambray Archers at the same time. While I am definitely a fan of batching, I feel it only works in specific situations. Keep reading for my newly acquired wisdom on sewing multiple copies of a garment at once.