Thursday, January 10, 2013

Confessions of a Sewing Know-it-all

I don't know many bloggers in this community suffering from this condition. Actually, most of you probably suffer from the opposite condition, if being too humble can be called a condition!

My problem? I'm a sewing know-it-all!

Instead of sewing and blogging with an open attitude of "there is so much for me to learn and I welcome the help of others",  I've been closed off to the breadth of sewing resources available to me. When I run into problems, I don't ask for help. When I need to learn a new techniques, I don't go to sewing books. When I want to draft a pattern, I figure it out on my own. I prefer to continually reinvent the wheel!

Classic example: two years ago, I was writing about my struggle to figure out what I called the "bound pocket". What on earth was I thinking? These are called welt pockets and I could have made my life much easier and read about that in a sewing book! Not to mention the massive amounts of resources available online! (For example: here, here, and here!)

Another key moment recently was when my mom expressed that she feels I don't value her sewing knowledge. After thinking about it, I was saddened to realize that she was right. Under my roof there is sewist of 40+ years. She has a wealth of knowledge and she's willing to share it, but I've been closed off to it!

Without attaching too much importance to popular personality tests, this fault of mine fits right in with my Myers-Briggs INTJ personality type. According to this page, INTJs are "quick to express judgment" and "are convinced that they are right about things". "This tendency may cause the INTJ to dismiss others' input too quickly, and to become generally arrogant". Phew... It's a miracle I have friends!

So: My sewing resolution for 2013? Be less of a sewing know-it-all!

For one thing, I was able to ask for your help in yesterday's post -- and I'm very glad I did! The consensus seems to be that I should line it with a slippery knit. Gillian informed me that Fabricland usually carry this fabric. Thanks for your input, everyone!
George Brown Sewing Lab (!!!) Source
A for a second step in the right direction: I've signed up for a Pattern Drafting class at George Brown college. I've been meaning to properly learn pattern drafting for so long and had been looking for a good class in Ottawa, Kingston-upon-Hull and Granada. Now that I'm back in Toronto, the options are many!

I was particularly happy to find this course -- at $310 for 42 hours, it's a good value. If you live in Toronto, and would like to join me, the first class will be on Tuesday, January 22nd. You can sign up here.
(Eek! How much fun would it be to take this class with fellow bloggers and/or readers!!)

19 comments:

  1. I wish I lived in Toronto -- that class sounds awsome!

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  2. Love your honesty Adrienne. It is always good to ask for help, I think we learn more that way. I wish I could find a good and affordable pattern drafting class like yours. Oh well.....

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  3. Good luck with all, I know how difficult it can be to admit certain things. Very curious about that personality test. Did you use that website to do it? Was it a safe payment?

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    1. I took the test through my work a couple years ago, but there are other free tests out there that can give you an idea. I wouldn't pay to take the test online.

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    2. There's a free variant of it here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
      it won't be as good/accurate as the official paid version, but from what I've seen it's still pretty accurate. Just remember to be super honest with your answers and don't over think them. ;-)

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  4. Ahh! I miss Toronto so much! Good luck with the class, I hear George Brown is great. My mom took night classes at Seneca College back in the 90s and they seemed awesome as well. Nice to meet another Canadian INTJ that sews. :)

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  5. Realising what you doing wrong is the biggest step... Well done

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  6. That class sounds great! I'd love to take that!!! …too bad about the 15 hour drive to get there from my house =( hope you enjoy the class and learn a lot!

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  7. Hehe, your honesty is hilarious and very cute! Having met you I can definitely confirm that you don't come across like a know-it-all at least ;o) I hope you enjoy your drafting classes as much as I'm enjoying mine!

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    1. Oh Marie, always so reassuring and NICE!

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  8. Lol - And now I must be honest, and say that i clearly had a brain fart and thought you were living in montreal - Hence the "fabricville" comment! As if I wasn't planning on meeting up with your in Toronto sometime soon! Ugh. Brain fart. Also, the lining I was thinking of is a stretch woven, but they might have a good slinky knit option too! :)
    Your course sounds awesome - Too bad I'm just a little too far away to join in! :)

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    1. Lol "brain fart"! In all fairness when you read my description quickly I could see why you thought that ("I'm from Québec...")!

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  9. What an honest post! Your upcoming plans sound great.

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  10. Just joined your blog, and sounds like I am in for a real treat - you come across as a very funny, honest sewer! What have I signed myself up for...off to have a peek around...J

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    1. Welcome to AS&AS, Judith! Good times guaranteed!!

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  11. Hi Adrienne, I like to figure things out myself too--ha ha! I'm sending you the Hipster Liebster award to pass along some love! See the details of the award here:
    http://madebytrisha.blogspot.com/2013/01/hipster-liebster.html

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