Thursday: Threads gone wrong

Today, it’s all about the disasters.

Most people only see my beautiful finished sewing: a skirt, an dress or that awesome teepee… but, you know what? My sewing doesn’t always work out the way I want or plan it to. So I’m here to share some fails with you, because my sewing and my sewing projects are not perfect.

Recently, I realised I’m outcome driven. During one memorable sewing project (maybe during a small meltdown) someone lovingly pointed out I’m looking to the end product and forgetting to enjoy the ride. I agree I actually can be more focussed on outcomes – and its not necessarily a ‘bad’ thing – but I saw how it makes me miss the process and the flow of sewing that I explained my love for here. Like, I love that part of sewing.

Its hard to get balance between flow and outcome sometimes – especially when I decide I need a new dress for an upcoming wedding, and it has to look perfect, and I have given myself exactly 2 days to make it!

Plenty of time, right?

So I learned how my self directed pressure to perform; to do things super quickly without taking time to stop, look and think how to do it; and maybe a little bit of perfectionism (yikes!) makes things go sideways. Real quick, like. And then there’s lots of unpicking.

That’s fine, except at the time those failures feel a bit awful. So much frustration! Why do it to ourselves?!?

SO here is what I now try to remind myself about before I set off on a sewing session:

1) BREATHE and slow down. Pretty simple, really.

2) Enjoy! The creative process includes lots of learning and growth.

3) Sh!t happens!! It’s a great mantra when that mean-eyed perfection monster starts looking at a crooked hem, or the mistake monkey jumps on my back. I do my best, in those moments, to remind myself to let it go. Breathe!

Truth be, sometimes I’m surprised sometimes when my garments don’t fall apart mid-wear!! If it’s something I really rushed, I’m happy if it passes the washing machine test! Not kidding.

4) It’s a serious skill – be cool with where you’re at!! I try to remind myself that while I’m not the worst around, I’m not a pro. Like any skill, I’m here to practice practice practice and just give it a go. Of that will come a few duds and a few very proud moments.

So, let me share some of my FAVORITE duds with you for a laugh! In no particular order:

1. The tragedy of the Tutu

Some things just don’t go to plan. This Tutu was a present for my neice. She decided it’s better as Princess-rated headgear. The problem was the weight of the plastic material – it was too heavy and coarse to ruffle properly. Should’ve got the light stuff! I couldn’t stop laughing at this inventive little creature and loved that she turned it into a crown 🙂

Mia-tutu-hat2-BLUR

2. The Shenanigan of the Sheet.

You remember the sheet dress? Well… I had some left over material, and wanted additional length on a shortish dress so I could pull it off at work. You can see where this is heading. I added a flamenco look that didn’t survive the mirror test. I hated it! Totally not my style, and for me a sewing fail. Like I said, sometimes it goes sideways. It’s now back on the project pile ready for attempt number 2… I’ll share the finished product with you.

flamanco-Dress

 

3. The neverending story of the neckline (and darts)

This, I’m sad to say, was one of the best made dresses I’ve sewn. Really.

I just didn’t get that finished feeling each time I looked at the neckline. It was a kind of awkward in-between neckline that wasn’t low but wasn’t collarbone high either. It just sat there, like a middle child (sorry Wade).

Being honest, my friends said the neckline worked. I thought it broadened my shoulders, which I don’t much like. So! The neckline got the chop, and I went at the front darts too.

I cut the neckline into a low rectangular plunge that ended up stretching the material, and looking no better anyway. Fail. And the darts? While unpicking I accidentally caught the material and ripped a hole into the fabric. Fail again.

This sad tale is on the project pile now too, waiting to perhaps become a skirt.

Striped-fail

Ah its the sewing life. Lucky I love it!

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4 comments

  1. Kylie says:

    I LOVE this post and think it’s awesome that you’ve shared your fails, because it happens to everyone! (And I actually like the flamenco dress, but you’ve got to go with what feels right!)

  2. Kelcie says:

    Kristyn!! Naughty! That dress looked fab with the high neckline! A sewing-life lesson learned so not a total loss. Also it’s gorgeous fabric and the skirt idea is brilliant x

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