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Do you put off a project because of what reader Rosemary calls "cutting anxiety"? What do you do when you're excited about the project, but you just can't bring yourself to cut that fabric?

What is cutting anxiety really about, and how can you fix it? Let's look at both the deeper issue and a simple hack to help take the edge off the fear when you're looking at that gorgeous expanse of perfect silk...




This is very helpful. Also your previous video in which you mention 99 of the difficulty is in your head, in the emotional struggle and therefore these video's is very practical and helpful. I do have a question, that I don't know where else to ask and feel too ashamed to confess my incompetence and feelings about it. There is something about determining the position of one's nipple, for the bust dart, that is also something to do with 99 the difficulty is in one's head, if I'm not mistaken. It is as if I'm ashamed to determine the exact bust apex on myself or someone else. Therefore the apex seems to shift all the time and play hide and seek. I'm dumpstruck how it keeps moving, really. I've made so many dots on a muslin that it looks like two mining field. It is no joke to keep moving the bust dart. Eventually it gets such a hopeless thing to master, that I just give up. Is it just me, or is there some others that also have difficulty with this? Regards. Miranda
Last edited on 02.05.2018 11:18 by Cathy Hay
Hi Miranda, thank you for your comment, that's a great question! It's certainly not just you, I've struggled with finding the bust apex myself, especially if the nipple isn't at the apex, which can happen.

Here's how I think of it: When you take the bust measurement, you are placing the tape measure around the fullest point of the bust. So the bust apex will start out somewhere on this line (you have the option to shift it up or down a little if you want the bust slightly higher or lower.)

From there, I'd recommend measuring - on the body - the horizontal distance between the two bust apices - or where you want them to be. Then you can measure half that distance from the centre front line to find a good spot to place it on the pattern.

Make a decision and then make peace with it, and make a mock-up to check. And make sure you mark the mock-up well so that it sits in the right place on the body every time it's tried on. :)

I've decided it's usually worth buying at least an extra metre, even of expensive fabric. Then I can afford a few mistakes on the bodice without running out of fabric. I find this alleviates a lot of anxiety. as it's the idea of a mistake causing waste that stresses me most! Also making full mock ups from cheap fabric, so I'm surer when I do cut the expensive stuff.
Sarah Meadow Walsh
I loved this video! It's like I got to take a little stroll with a historical fashion and sewing expert and pick her brain while we walked.

My issue is not usually the "first cut" - I think I moved past my stress about cutting into fabric when I learned how to snip and tear. It is SO cathartic. Measure twice, obviously, but then just snip, rip and steam to get those little wibbly bits straight again. It's so much more accurate than using scissors or even a rotary cutter (I also made my peace with rotary cutters, which used to scare me, and I love them now!)

The thing I've struggled with is when I've gotten started on a project, and then a small mistake, like sewing a seam wrong-to-right side, or swapping the sleeves, or something like that, just turns me off the whole thing for the rest of the day. I hate ripping out sewing, and I'm not an accomplished enough or fast enough seamstress to sew by hand, so it's machine stitching, and it's a pain. It is just so discouraging.

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