Analytical sewing is what we naturally do all the time—we look at the information we can find, and use it to make better sewing decisions.
A systematic approach to sewing analysis
I like to formalize the process, because systematic sewing analysis makes those “aha!” moments more clear and more frequent. I systematically collect and analyze as much data as I can, often using spreadsheets (or creating calculators) to collect information and do basic calculations that make the sewing process easier. You’d be amazed how much information you can collect, and how much easier sewing becomes when you have it!
I collect data from all the sources you’re already familiar with: reviews, personal experience, and information about techniques, supplies, or fabrics. I’ll also throw in a couple new information sources to keep things interesting!
Benefits of formal sewing analysis
Who can benefit from analytical sewing? Literally everyone. As I said, we all do this naturally anyway! The formal analysis just helps you squeeze a bit more insight out of all your hard work.
Here are some aspects of sewing that get easier when you formalize your sewing analysis:
- Pattern alterations—both making them and deciding which ones to make.
- Fabric choice. I’ve had so many sewing fails just from not being careful when I picked my fabrics.
- Stitch settings. You can save so much time perfecting your sewing machine settings when you have all the information you need at your fingertips!
- Choosing the right notions (e.g. needles, thread, or interfacings).
- Knowing what to spend time getting perfect while you sew, and what really doesn’t matter.
- Being confident trying a new technique—understanding is key!
- Fitting non-standard figures. This is a driving force behind why I sew. It’s so empowering when you get that perfect fit you’ll never find in a store!
The result? Faster, more accurate, and better fitting sewing. Garments we love. Fewer sewing fails (though experimenting, and therefore not always succeeding, is definitely a fun part of the process).
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