I've made how many shirts for Mario now, about 10? And every time, even though I know what I'm doing, I still break into a cold sweat attaching the collar/stand to the shirt body.
Every stinking time.
This weekend I was working on a summer blouse, BWOF 2/2009 #125, with sleeves from an older, similar pattern, 10/2008 #113, and I got to the collar. I interfaced, sewed the collars together, interfaced the stand, sewed it to the collar, and while I was busy thinking about how I'm going to rearrange the back yard to fit in all the new veggies getting delivered next week, I pinned and sewed on the collar.
And it came out right the first time. I didn't even realize what I'd done until I went to topstitch it, and I almost choked. Why can't this kind of automatic sewing happen on the really important projects? This is a cute top, but I can take or leave it, really. It certainly didn't deserve a completely problem-free collar and 9 cooperative buttonholes, including the one on the collar.
What's next, forgetting that welt pockets make me dizzy with fear and knocking out welt pockets everywhere?
Nah. I don't think I'll ever not feel that way. Here's the patternreview, if you care to read further.