Sewing nightmares

Sewing nightmares

Hello sewosphere!

I’m turning to you for comfort as only you can begin to understand where I might be coming from with this one…

I had my first sewing nightmare last night… No, literally, a nightmare involving sewing… In almost 6 years since I first laid hands on a sewing machine, this is the first time I actually woke up screaming, sweating and gasping because of SEWING!! Over the years, I have had several very pleasant nocturnal encounters with amazing patterns and fabrics, which came together in perfect unison of craftsmanship and inspiration to make wonderful garments. I dreamt of new designs. I dreamt I was taking the measurements of various friends and family. But never, ever have I had a bad dream about sewing… GASP! And SOB!

Until last night…. It was the day of the wedding, in the morning, and I still had no wedding dress. Worse, I had no idea what wedding dress I am actually making. I could not decide between two designs – which is not farfetched, I can never decide about pretty much anything. My sister was wearing a white tulle dress, not sure why. In the back of my mind, I was thinking that I can always borrow that one… But nevertheless, the wedding was at 5 PM and I really needed to get on with it. So I started sewing on this old Bernina and it was going nowhere!! You know those dreams where you run and run and run and you’re not advancing even a foot? Same thing with this sewing machine. I kept pressing the pedal and I was still getting nowhere. It was like the seam was hundreds of meters long and I could not get to the end no matter how fast I sewed. And then, when I finally took it from under the presser foot, I had sewn half the train into the side seam and shock horror, I had topstitched everything with black thread… And then my sister came to tell me they are ready for me to start the ceremony. And that’s when I woke up screaming.

Now, is my subconscious trying to tell me something? Is it ‘get going already on this wedding dress’? Is it ‘don’t even try to make your wedding dress, you are hopeless’? Is it ‘have a back-up cause you might mess it up’? Or is it trying to tell me that attempting to sew this dress on any other machine than Hildi is doomed to failure 🙂 ?

Anyhow, wedding is 5 weeks away, wedding dress progress almost nil (my excuse is that the sewing machine is in the shop), and I’m clearly not getting any good night sleep…

Off to get a big cup of coffee to keep me awake while I ponder if I should start panicking just yet… :S

P.S I do hope you are taking this post as tongue in cheek, I’m really not that neurotic (yet). But I do want to hear any funny/weird/intense sewing dreams if you’ve ever had any :).

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24 comments

  1. YOU CAN DO IT! Hehe. I made my own dress, and other things for the wedding like handmade satin rose bouquets, and I had so many dreams leading up to the day where things just weren’t finished on time and I had no idea where the time went… it’s silly, all the stress we put on ourselves for a party! Just enjoy making the dress, enjoy the process, and look forward to being able to say “I made my own wedding dress”, haha! It’s a great feeling. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragements!! I’m sure it will be fine, I’ve already started making a bit more progress, so just need to keep focused. I’m just on my way back from my hen-do (bachelorette party) so very happy and relaxed, just ready to get going again!! Next weekend my fiancé is away for his, so perfect timing to finish the dress!

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  2. I was married a year ago and just recently had a nightmare that I had to have another wedding. So I’m in agreement that a lot of this is wedding stress. That being said, maybe making sure you have a tailor on retainer who can handle a hem if need be the week before might ease your mind — some sort of back up. I sewed my own dress, and was still doing it like eight days before the wedding. Having that back up was really handy when I had to resort to it!

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one. The dress is very simple, so if I put my mind to it, should take no longer than a few days. I’m in the design/tweak phase, and that’s taking ages. Once I nail that, hopefully it will all be plain sailing.

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  3. I had blocked this out, but your post brought it all back – I definitely had a few dress-related nightmares when I was working on my sister’s dress. It’s just a lot of pressure! As soon as you have your machine back and are seeing something take shape, I’ll bet the nightmares will subside.

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    1. I’ve been following your posts on this with baited breath. The bodice is exactly like mine. Your sister’s dress came out a dream, I really wish mine does too. It will be much simpler, but building the bustier is giving me a headache. Any particular advice? Thanks!

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      1. Hrmmm… Building a bustier was new to me, too. There seem to be so many ways to construct it! I would experiment with adding boning and a waist stay to your muslin if you haven’t already; that’ll give you an idea of the structure you need. I think I read a tip about using masking tape to try out boning placement – wish I’d known that when I was muslining!

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  4. Rest assured, this is not a sewing nightmare, as you fear. I diagnose a ‘Wed-mare’! Shortly before I got married, I started having occasional, but vivid, dreams about the day and things not going to plan. I thought I was the only one, until talking to married friends and family made me realise we’d all experienced them. It’s all part and parcel of the wedding countdown. P.S. I don’t know anyone whose wed-mares came true!

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    1. Whew! I thought I am going crazy, at least it’s not the sewing 😀. Because we’re ‘eloping’ to the Caribbean, it was all too easy and I felt guilty, so I added this whole wedding dress thing to make it all a bit more stressful 😁. I just like to winge, it will be fine, I’m sure.

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  5. I have never had a sewing dream – but hope to do so one day. But the sense of not being prepared for an event is a recurring nightmare. The only solution is to make the darn thing and then you will feel more relaxed and able to do all the other things that need doing for a wedding. Anyway I am sure we all can’t wait to see the magic you conjure up with the dress.

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    1. You are so right! Now I wish I had just used a pattern, at least I would have had some sort of structure to go back to. The design/testing is what got me stuck. It’s not even that complicated, just annoying it’s not turning out perfect from the first attempt. Not even that much sewing involved, more paper cutting, measuring and tweaking… But I will just shut up now and get get going 😁.

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  6. I’ll be thinking about you. I know where you’re coming from! I’m almost panicking about making my daughter’s wedding dress and her wedding is much further off. Then, I’m much more of a beginner than you and maybe (just maybe) less of a procrastinator. At work I rose to time challenges and enjoyed being up against it but that I’ve found doesn’t work with my sewing! Get started!

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  7. I’ve never had a sewing nightmare but I feel for you, being under pression is not fun! (even though it was kind of a funny dream, sorry if I laughed. 😉 )
    Remember that the hardest part is to actually start, once you do everything will fall into place. And if having a back up plan helps you, then by all means don’t hesitate to find one. Will be thinking about you, wishing you all the best! 🙂

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    1. Ha ha, it was meant to be funny! Just making fun of one’s distress! I’m putting aside a weekend to make a dent in it, my fiancé’s stag do, so very appropriate.

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  8. That’s funny! I’m sure it will all be fine, it’s maybe your subconscious just wanting you to get stuck in!
    When I’ve had big life events I have weird dreams. When I was doing my paramedic course some of it was residential and we stayed at the police training school. I had huge breakfasts, and puddings with every meal. Then I dreamt I put loads of weight on and my tattoo (only a small Dolphin on my hip) spread and covered the whole of my body! 😀

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    1. Wow, that’s radical! I always have the weirdest dreams, so that’s not new, I always mash what happened during the day in my dreams and stress just augments things. It will be fine, it’s not even that complicated a dress…

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    1. Oh, I can’t even begin to list those ones… I’m sure it will be fine, I’ll laugh about it in a few months. I am a procrastinator but also a compulsive worrier, so I’m sure further panic would ensue, to be documented hopefully in a funny way 😁.

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    1. Probably, but I like sewing under pressure 😉, so I’m leaving things to the last minute… I can’t wait to get sewing again though! Carl is finishing today, so the sewing room will me mine, all mine! Muahaha!!

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