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.

Done and Done: The Sleeveless Chambray Archer

Is there such a thing as an “impulse make?” That’s the only way I can think to describe this top. When I started getting ready to speed-sew my cream and gold Archer Button up ,  I mused that a sleeveless version in the polka dot chambray I had been hoarding would be perfect for spring. As I got ready to start cutting, I realized that the long-sleeved top would be way to hot for the concert I was planning on wearing it to, so I bumped up my sewing plans and cut out the sleeveless shirt, too. From just being an idea to becoming a fully-formed blouse, this top took less than a week to make – which is really weird for me as I have become a super sewing planner. But I couldn’t be happier with it. 

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.