Sunday, April 22, 2012

I'm Too Ambitious

Since we're talking about sewing beyond my skill.
Arg! It's always something. Last time it was the fray of doom. That's in check now, but I seem to have reached beyond my grasp. Instead of putting waist pleats in this new shirt-skirt like I did with the previous one, I broke out my rockin' French curve and made some hips. It went quickly and well until it didn't.

Problem #1: My markers aren't unmarking. I got a pair of those markers that you can mark and wash away. Only, they're not washing away! No matter how much I wipe, I just end up moving a blue line around my skirt. GRR!

Problem #2: Part of the beauty of turning a men's shirt into a skirt is that some of the work is already done. The button holes are stitched. The buttons are attached. The hem and side seams are finished. Oh, yeah, the seams. I sort of undid that with my brilliant French curve hippy work. Nice. I literally spent half and hour reading up on seams to figure out how to finish these seams.

Problem #3: The answer is a mock French seam. To do a mock French seam, I need to iron my current seam flat. Uh, it's already curved. That happens when you use a French curve. To proceed, I need a tailor's ham -- a 3D ironing board.

Problem #4: I removed some cuff buttons to replace them for visual interest. I removed the wrong buttons. Now I have to sew them back on.



  1. Chin up, I'm sure that everything will workout fine. If not go by my own personal quote 'we learn from our mistakes' :) (by the way I love the picture, McQueen yay!)
    xox Niamh xox

  2. Last night my husband was chanting, "You can do it! I believe in you!"

    I think switching projects would be a good idea right now. This one is making me stabby and for something that's a hobby right now, I need to stay out of Grrville.