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April 22, 2005

Down with Burda, Simplicity and the lot of them..

I like to think I have a reasonable understanding of my own language. I mean I have muddled through nearly 30 years of my life with few problems.
That is until I try and grasp some apparently simple instructions.
I’ve tried to follow a few dressmaking patterns in my life and there is always at least one point that they completely cock up and tell you to do the wrong thing. They also have a habit of explaining the simplest instructions in minute detail (how to cut the fabric) with plenty of diagrams but then going on to brush over the complicated bits. (How to sew on a ruffle)
I think that every time they bring out a new pattern they should employ an average Joe (not an experienced seamstress) to make the item by adhering strictly to the instructions. God knows what they’d end up with by the end of it but at least the problems could be nipped in the bud.
Oh and a proofreader wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
Sewing is like putting together flat packed furniture. You get your bits together, read the instructions (translated from the Swedish by someone who speaks neither Swedish nor English) and end up completely ignoring them and doing it your own way instead.
I bet I even end up with one shirt plus an extra bit of fabric with no idea as to where it was meant to have gone.

Posted by purple elephant at April 22, 2005 07:28 AM