I used to be good at sewing, patient as well, but it’s been a couple of weeks now that I don’t seem to be getting anything right. So while the members of the sewing community show off their amazing creations, I thought I’d show you some of my latest sewing disasters. Oh and they all happened one after the other.
I’ll start with my sewing space, which is a disaster on its own. It’s enough that I’m disorganised to an annoying extent even for myself, my sewing room is narrow, with the limited space disappearing among the old futon bed, the boxes and my boyfriend’s DIY tools. Yes he’s into DIY too, just a different kind.
Sewing disaster #1: The patternless top
This was meant to be my pride project, not only because there was no pattern for it (which is usually the norm for me, I love draping on the stand) but also because it would be an up-cycling project, (rather down-cycling) made of a pillow case and some old jeans.
I spent an awful amount of time cutting and sewing the back, only to end up with an ill fitting top, where any additional alteration simply made it even worse. In the end I made it so tight that I had to cut it with my scissors to get out of it.
Sewing disaster #2: The pattern skirt
As my patternless top failed miserably, I immediately threw myself on a new project, just to prove myself, I could still sew.
I chose this lovely skirt from the Burda Pattern Collection, because it looked gorgeous on the model and not difficult enough. There, I would use that fabric finally. Well, think again my friends. To start with, I didn’t have enough fabric, no problem, I could make a crazy combination. I didn’t read the pattern properly so ended up with some pieces of fabric, which were not properly cut let’s say. So not to blather a lot about this, I ended up with this ugly thing, which on top of everything that’s wrong with it, it’s also too big. 😦
Sewing disaster #3: The Sorbetto Top
I will never learn but will never give up either. The construction for this lovely top was described as ultra simple, so what could go wrong? Well, a lot of things. To start with, I used a silky sheer fabric, which I had for such a long time and loved the colour. It was far from ultra simple to sew and cut straight, so once more I ended up with an ill fitting top, with the sleeve holes and the shoulder part being really tight and the rest of it more loose than what I wanted it. It looks square. As if this wasn’t disaster enough, I added a lining which was equally bad and tight around the bust area plus a green lace instead of bias tape. Revolting.
As previously mentioned, I don’t know when to give up, so I’m now determined to fix these disasters into something wearable over the next few weeks, probably not the next one as I will be on holidays and not necessarily using the same fabrics ;). Have you had any sewing or other DIY disasters recently?