Help! I'm Stuck In A Sewing Pattern!

I have been sewing clothing from patterns for about a year now and looking back I think I've come quite a ways.  One thing that I've done to help me through my sewing journey is I have always stuck with fairly easy patterns.  I can get easily overwhelmed and confused in a sewing pattern so I try not to get in over my head with complicated patterns/designs. The other thing that has helped my sewing is I have taken a few sewing classes.  I am a kinesthetic learner so the sewing classes are perfect because it's hands-on learning plus someone is there to answer all of my questions (and I've always got a lot of them).  Even though I have had some education and stick to easy designs, I still mange to occasionally get stuck in a pattern step.  I would like to share a few ways how I've gotten "un-stuck" and continue to truck along in my sewing project so I can complete it and feel accomplished.

Researching The Internet 
There is so much information and tutorials on YouTube.  Anytime I don't understand a certain sewing technique, like a specific stitch (ie catch stitch) I can usually find a quick video tutorial on the internet. 

Online Sewing Community
I like to search on sewing communities (like PatternReview.com) to find other seamstresses that have completed the pattern that I'm having trouble with.  These types on online communities can help with sizing, fabric choices, and what adjustments have been made.  Many seamstresses have blog as well where they delve in deeper with their thoughts and suggestions of a sewing pattern.

Contacting The Pattern Company
Did you know you can contact most sewing pattern companies if you have any questions about a pattern?  This has actually come in very handy for me.  A couple of times I have had the silliest questions but after I talk about with someone I quickly have an "A-ha!" moment. 

Take A Break
Sometimes you are so in the zone with you're sewing project and sometimes you're not all there.  You get tired, hungry, or just a bit bored (like hemming...ugh!).  Whenever I'm at a point of frustration, tired, or unfocused, it's time to stop and just put it away.  It's good to take a break, get some rest, and come back to your project refreshed.  Sometimes I need to just sleep on it and I will have a moment of clarity over the a simple little step that I was just reading too much in to.

I hope my suggestions are helpful to beginning sewing students.  How do you get through a difficult part of a sewing pattern?


Thrift & Vintage Treasures

One I love doing is visiting thrift and vintage stores.  Austin has so many great thrift stores that are jam packed with people's "trash" and I love going through them to find myself a treasure.  Here are few my favorites that I've found over the last weeks.

This distressed Gap denim vest was found at Saver's.  It was $6 and the fit is just right.  I think someone just cut the arm sleeves off of a denim jacket so the frayed ends are perfect for me.  The basket I found at Thrift Town for less than $1.  I love buying plants and finding baskets to put them.  The gold shell belt I found on Etsy.  Etsy is truly amazing to find unique vintage items.  I had been on a quest to find a gold belt like this for a while.  Many thrift stores that I looked in didn't have what I wanted, but when I searched Etsy, there were lots of choices and lots of price points.  Can't wait to rock this belt!  Where do you all like to find vintage stuff?


Window Pain Jacket

Darn this crazy Texas weather!  The temps have been so up and down with one day being 55 degrees and then next being 80 degrees.  I really wanted to make something more appropriate to wear in our kind of winter weather but it's been a little bit frustrating and uninspiring.  Oh well.  I pushed ahead and sewed up this Very Easy Vogue Misses Jacket and Belt (V9037).  It took me a lot longer to sew up than what I had hoped but it's done.  I'm happy to say that I love the look, the lighter weight jacket fabric and the dramatic collar. 

The fabric I purchased at Joann's.  I cut out pattern view C and in size 10.  Overall the jacket was easy to sew together.  The only part to give me a little trouble was the collar.  I didn't have quite enough fabric when I got to cutting out the collar pieces but I was able to make it work.  The front collar print matches up great, while the back of the collar could probably be better.  So I highly recommend getting plenty of fabric should you use a window pain (or something similar) pattern like I did.

I love the pleats in the front and back of the waist area too.  These were easy to sew.  The pockets are great too.  I wish there were loops to hold the belt to the jacket.  I read some reviews where people added their own.  I meant to try to add belt loops but forgot.

This chic and lightweight jacket would be great to wear at night (when its not crazy cold) and even to work.  I wore with dark denim with booties but I think it would look awesome with wide legs pants and also a skirt.