Fought and won
Today, I sewed while Nola slept. I swear she thinks I can’t see her.
My friend purchased this reversible apron and requested a matching bib.
Having never made a bib before, I searched Etsy for inspiration, wandered around the infant section at Target for tangible samples, and came up with a design that was a little of this and a little of that.
It started as a drawing…
then became a paper template…
and finally became a bib.
I’m very happy with how it turned out, but if I could do it again, I would have cut the binding on the bias for flexibility. That straight strip of binding did NOT want to go around those curves!
But I fought and won.
I’m curious about other people’s design process. I like to sketch things out first to get a very clear idea of what needs to go into the final product — measurements, colors, placement — before I start cutting into my fabric. There’s nothing I hate more than wasting fabric. I only cut paper templates when the pattern is an odd shape (which usually means neither square nor rectangle) or when I want to physically see and understand the life-size proportions.
So how about you? If you’re not working from an existing pattern, what steps do you take to get a new design from your imagination to the final piece? Do you draw things out? Make it up as you go? Do you prefer to have things planned, or do you thrive off of happy mistakes?