I am always nervous when I make something I have never made before. I agonize over every detail. I wonder if I am going to mess it up? How I am going to mess it up? Is this project way over my skill level?
Mostly, these fears end up being unfounded. Sure, I make mistakes, but I learn something new with each project, and it always turns out better than fears say it will.
I believe I have good habits when it comes to making something new. I read the directions through twice – sometimes weeks before I pull the trigger. Then, I lay out the pattern carefully. I check it over. Then, I cut. Then, I reread the instructions before I start to work. I follow every single direction to the best of my abilities. And I am unafraid of the seam ripper.
When I finish I critique my work. I am probably much harder on myself than I need to be. However, I often come to the conclusion that the project turned out better than I expected it to.
Of course, the next time I make the same project it is ever better. However, I never stop worrying when working on anything new – even if it is very similar to something I have done before – that I am going to majorly mess it up.
The latest cause for my bundle of fears was this corset. I believe that corset making will be a good skill for me to possess. Still, I didn’t want to mess one up with good fabric and be very disappointed in myself. I made the decision to make a test corset in the hopes that I wouldn’t be a bundle of self-doubt (that part didn’t work out). I selected the easiest of the corset patterns I have. I had left over fabric from other projects that I used to make the garment. And voila, one corset completed in a single afternoon and in much better condition than I thought it would be.