6 Wrongs Make a Post

After two months of unsuccessful sewing, I decided all this work deserved at least a shared post to document the realistic journey into making ones own wardrobe. Plus, I’m always happy to read anything I can find about a new pattern before sewing it up, so maybe this will be useful to someone other than me??

  • The first top was a test run of the Vogue 9116 pantsuit top. I didn’t end up liking the elastic in the back or the partial lining, the neckline is too high for my taste and it’s too short for my proportions even after lengthening. Basically, I wanted to change it so much that I may as well draft a pattern myself, but instead it was neatly folded and put away until summer was over and I now have no desire to add this jumpsuit to my closet.
  •  The striped pullover woven top, Butterick 6293 View C, was a mostly successful sew except for messing up the construction of the overlapping hem at the side seams and having to wing it. It was a new technique and pattern shape though, so it was interesting to learn. The real issue is I had reservations about the fabric even before starting. I picked up a 2 1/2 yd piece from the thrift store for $2 because I loved the blue and brown, but sure enough, I never reach for it because of the pink and orange. This was a bonus in a pattern I purchased for the jacket and I like it, this version just didn’t earn a space in my closet.
  • After the semi success with the striped top, I cut a second one right away with big ideas for embroidery (inspiration here) only to completely botch the pattern alterations, attempt to sew from memory and mess up the side seams / hem intersection even worse than my first one! Total wash.
  • The Vogue 8909 joggers, upcycled from a garage sale Lucky Brand maxi dress, were going to be the lounge pants of my dreams, lol…until the fit was off, my elastic casing was attrocious and I decided I didn’t have the patience to redo it for something that would never leave the house.
  • Ugh, that color-blocked jersey dress, McCall’s 7383. I love the fit and it’s comfortable and flattering, but in my attempt to upcycle a blue tie dye maxi skirt that didn’t have sufficient yardage, I had to make a design decision that I really dislike now that it’s sewn up. So bummed because I love that blue fabric and I’m not sure I’ll get much out of the remnants even if I take this apart. BUT, the pattern works for me, so there’s that.
  • The midi skirt was thrifted, completely taken apart and resewn into a slightly different style. My mistake was thinking it was SO basic that I could cut and sew willy nilly and it totally didn’t come out right. This will be salvaged after taking it apart AGAIN and starting over.

Lessons learned?

  • Buying a pattern thinking I’d get handmade clothes in my closet faster than drafting saved me zero time.
  • If I’m not IN LOVE with the fabric before starting, the finished garment probably won’t change my mind.
  • The extra time to draw out designs on paper before getting excited and cutting is going to be worth it.
  • Slow methodical sewing with attention to detail will result in a wearable garment a whole lot quicker than fast sewing, shortcuts and lots of seam ripping.
  • I’ll never successfully execute my dream handmade wardrobe without learning to love the process. Every. Slow. Step.

I’ve decided that even though I’m dying to sew, I really need to step back and work through the creation of custom pattern blocks for myself. Draft, sew up, make adjustments. Get them just right, so when used to create my designs I won’t have so much pattern alteration to deal with after the fact. I’ve also realized that when I do purchase patterns, I should be focusing on those that will teach me specific construction techniques where my skills are lacking so I’m able to put together the patterns I make. Somehow, I hadn’t really looked at it like that before. It reminds me of that quote from Uptown Girls.

Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun.

Getting back to fundamentals for a while so I can create something worthy of it’s own post…and maybe sewing up that Schnittchen pattern I won on Instagram too 😉

 

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4 thoughts on “6 Wrongs Make a Post

  1. This is why I quit sewing clothes for myself! I tend to not take the same care I do on other projects and end up with a finished product that just doesn’t get worn. However I discovered some amazing fabric in a thrift store last night and going to give it another try. Thank-you for sharing as these are all good reminders for me.

  2. This sounds way too familiar. 🙂 Having this urge to get to the sewing bit as soon as possible… The problem is that if you buy something in a shop, take it home, try it on with all your other clothes and decide that you don’t like it as much as you thought, you can just take it back or give it away. But when you spend a considerable amount of time ( and energy, and fabric, etc) on something that you then deem unwearable, your only real option is to spend more time and energy and turn it into something else, as you can’t exactly give it away, and I’m sure you find it almost impossible too to send something to the landfill since trying to avoid that is what makes you want to sew your own clothes in the first place. Okay, that is one long sentence, I hope it makes sense. The bottom line is that I you drew the right conclusions, and I should probably stick them on my wall. 😉

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