I'm not that fond of sewing up my knitting. Don't get me wrong - I can do it, and actually, I'm quite proud of my mattress stitching, it's just not one of my favourite things to do. Notice the high percentage of top down raglan sweaters that don't require much in the way of seaming.
So explain to me why this is happening... Yes, it's a pink child's dress, done in multiple pieces (including pockets!). I have a 10 year old son, so it's obviously not for me.
This is the same dress that I helped a co-worker block, and I gave her a lesson on mattress stitching. She did fine on the straight side seams, but brought it back to work, almost in tears, having had a terrible time with the slanted seam of the sleeves, and the set in armhole. She promised her daughter that she could wear it for Passover, and I gather one of the grandmothers is a knitter, and is waiting to "inspect" the work. What could I say? Especially after she offered to pay me in wine AND wool! So I've started seaming it, and I have to say, I still hate setting in sleeves, although, they look pretty good. I'll give it a proper wet blocking as well, and re-weave in some of the ends for her. For a fairly new knitter, she did a pretty good job, considering she had no idea what she was doing at times. And if this will keep her going, then it's the least I can do.
But I still prefer raglan sleeves...