Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I make CRAZY mistakes.

Sometimes my friends say to me, "Wow, it's so cool that you make clothes and stuff. I wish I could do that."  I always try to explain to them that if I can make stuff, so can they.  I really have NO idea what I'm doing and when I DO feel like I'm in control of a project, I tend to make crazy mistakes.  Seriously crazy mistakes.  The sort of things that I should know not to do by now.  It's maddening.  Most of the time I can fix things but when I can't it's so frustrating!

For example, I just completed a two piece outfit using some pink suiting I had lying around.  I originally bought the suiting to make a full skirt, but then realized that it was way too stretchy for that sort of project.  Disaster averted!  Almost.  I used the pattern below.

It did not go well.

Unfortunately, I didn't take into account just HOW how stretchy my fabric is. With a fabric this stretchy the fit needs to be just right or you get all sorts of weird wrinkly bits that stretch out and sag with wear.  Instead of really thinking deeply about what to do I simply took the completed trousers in by about an inch all round, which did not work at all. 

Now they kind of fit but the legs are too narrow and the hems ride up my calves when I walk or sit.  Meanwhile the waist sits a little low, accentuates my belly, and stretches in this weird way whenever I sit down.  I could deepen the darts but my stitches are TINY and the seam ripper goes right through the fabric like a hot knife through butter. 

I'm trying to convince myself that these pants are done, but I am very sad about them.  Mostly because this is a fail that could have been avoided if I'd taken my fabric into consideration and adjusted the pattern before I cut it.  I should have used a stitch length that could have been easily picked out. 

Believing I'd eventually come up with a solution, I went ahead and made the matching top.  It was SUPER easy to cut out and whip together and I got a chance to use my new buttonhole attachment which makes PERFECT button holes.  I mean really perfect. You just get everything lined up and the attachment does all the work.  I love it SO much!

Look at those perfect buttonholes!

BUT after I was essentially finished with the top, button holes on, trim attached, top stitching completed, I realized that I'd stitched the shoulders together UPSIDE DOWN!  Fail!  Sigh.  This is the sort of thing that if  I'd been paying attention, I should have been able to avoid.  Now how the heck am I going to pick this out?

This distracted sewing has GOT to stop.  I had planned to wear this outfit in Vegas, but I don't think I'll be able to fix these problems in time.  If at all.  It just breaks my heart.

Whats a careless and ditzy sewist to do?  Ugh.  I just don't know.  Do you ever make stupid crafting mistakes? Do you throw away imperfect projects or do you keep trying to make them work?  Do you have a "pile of shame" for UFOs that you can't stand to pitch but can't fix either?  How do you stay focused?

While I try to figure out how to fix this sewing disaster....please enjoy this clip from Bye Bye Birdie.  So many matchy pants and top sets in bright colors! I really do love this look!