Yes, of course I wish there was a amazing machine that I could just pop my original pieces into and then suddenly it would all magically and perfectly happen. Maybe there is such a machine...but I am certainly not aware of it and I am sure it wouldn't be cheap! So for now, I continue to do it all by hand. Thankfully, no one seems to mind my homespun approach to my patterns. In fact, many people have commented that they really love knowing that I do it all by hand.
Then of course is the instructions.... I must admit this part has been a learning process for myself. Mainly due to the fact that I don't buy patterns! So the language that is used in them is somewhat foreign to me too. I have to admit, I have bought a few patterns just to see how other people do it and now I can see why so many people get confused and frustrated by sewing and patterns. My approach is a little different. I write my instructions in a fun and playful way that hopefully makes you laugh and takes the stress out of sewing. When I am writing, I like to think of us sitting together in my sewing room and me showing you personally how to do it. If only, that were really possible. I think it would be a hundred times easier! Because sometimes it's really tricky to explain how to do something that is super simple in words!
For example...last night I was writing out the instructions for making the crinoline for "Natalie's Dress" and I had a heck of a time trying to make it make sense. Even though, it is so simple!!! I am sure that when I send it out to my testers I will have several of them say...."What the heck is she talking about?" So, I continue to work on it and perfect my instructions so that it's easy and you don't get stressed. The last thing I want to do is discourage or confuse anyone.