Hi everyone! I am Michelle from Falafel and the Bee, and I am not perfect.
There. I said it.
I make mistakes sewing. Some are fixable and some, well, not so much. But ALL of them are learning experiences that I welcome gladly. Without our "fails" how can we ever have successes?
I remember my very first experience with sewing. I had NO idea what I was doing, but I had an idea for an outfit. I wanted to make a teal colored one-piece jumpsuit (think Olivia Newton John esque or something you would see on FAME). I was in Junior High and my Mom (who doesn't sew) took me to buy fabric and a pattern. When I got home, the pattern looked like it was written in Greek (I don't speak Greek), so I tossed it aside and proceeded to hack up the 3 yards of teal fabric into jagged weird shapes that I thought looked like pieces of a pattern. I never did make that jumpsuit. Maybe that is the positive thing in this story.
That was the starting point, though. I realized that sewing isn't impulsive and it isn't instant. There are things to learn and steps to follow if you want to make something that is wearable.
Flash forward many moons later....
At first glance, this dress might look OK, but on closer inspection you would find that it is way too wide in the waist and too short in the same area. I didn't know how to do a full bust adjustment at the time, and I had to size up about 10 sizes to accommodate *ahem* "my large ladies".
Time passed and I wanted to fix it. I really wanted to wear it to the sewing expo that was coming up. I love this fabric, so I seam ripped the entire dress apart to start over.
Well, one thing led to another, and I rendered it completely unwearable (feel free to read more about it here).
Sometimes it is good to persevere and seam rip over and over until it is right...and other times you should drop it and RUN. This was one of those times.
How about you? Any sewing "fails" that have taught you something?