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Worst Sewing Fear

92highlanders | Posted in Talk With Us on

My worst sewing fear is not being able to visualize the project in the fabric I have selected and it coming out horrible looking. I have some very expensive fabric, but am afraid to use it for fear it won’t look good once made up. I wish there was some kind of software that you could view the finished project with your selected fabric before it is cut and sewn.


  1. Lana_Sutton | | #1

    I know exactly what you are talking about! Even though I can't give an advice regarding CD, I would like to share an approach that works for me. I think that great fabrics speak for themselves, and they do not need too complex patterns. Choose few classy things, e.g. skirts, invest time to fit them really well while practicing on less expensive fabrics, and then go for it with your winning fabric!   

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Another way to use beautiful fabric and avoid the fitting issue is to use it for something else--a throw, a tablecloth, a shawl, a tote, a pillow cover.  You may not be able to wear it, but you'll love it every time you see it, and you'll probably keep it in your life longer than even a garment that fit well!

  3. stitchagain | | #3

    I know how you feel.  This is one of my weak spots too!

    But as I read your post I thought of an idea I believe originated in a Threads article:  photocopy or somehow trace a drawing of the garment you are thinking of using (probably the fashion or the technical drawing would work).  Put it on thick card stock and cut out the drawing so that you have a outline of the garment.  Place that over the fabric so that it shows thru in the shape of the garment being considered.  You might have to do some more photocopying of the fabric if scale is involved -like plaids.


    Just a thought.

    1. 92highlanders | | #4

      Hello Stitchagain,
      Thank-you for your reply. This particular 'fear' has been with me since I started sewing. You would think with all the technology, someone would have developed software to help us seamstresses with this dilemma. There is a website called fabricmatcher.com that will do this to some degree using Moda fabrics. It is limited, but I've used it a couple of times.

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