It's about exploring and sharing my creative adventures (mostly sewing these days) ~ ~those activities that sometimes obsess, usually inspire, occasionally frustrate ~and always provide a delightful maze to wander through.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Do You have Mistake-o-phobia? (Do I?)
In the last couple of weeks, I started a party dress out of a vintage sari for my favorite young woman (about to turn 21!) The sari fabric kept giving me lots of little surprises....like little holes, ragged edges, thin bits....so I've had to treat it verrrrrry gently. There wasn't enough good, usable fabric for the skirt, so, after much angst & eye-bleeding attempts at color matching, I finally selected a silk .... & proceeded to muck up the cutting. Horribly. Unusably.
I didn't really like that color anyway.
So I got a different color, pre-washed it ... & discovered a non-erasable, non-pressable crease line running down the center. Unusable.
Hmmmm....sure doesn't look like a dress yet, does it?
Set that project aside. (But her birthday is in 2 weeks! I do need to get back to it asap.....)
Start working on the bias cut ruffle fabric top. Edging the neckline & armscyes? Nightmare stuff! This was also going to be a gift, but, while I think I can salvage it, it will NOT be gift-worthy! That's OK, I kind of like it on me, so it's not a total loss. But I still don't know quite how to salvage it.... so....
Doesn't look too bad, eh?
Yah well, this was before I destroyed the edging with numerous failed attempts.
I'll get there....... Set that project aside.
I finally found the PERFECT pattern for a wild & wonderful striped knit I have - oops, not enough fabric. That's OK, I'll color-block it with some black knit. Oops, still not enough fabric.
It'll look awesome!!! If I ever get over this sew-a-phobia thing...... We'll hold off on that project.
Now I'm working with a fabulous silk charmeuse & yet another Decades of Style pattern (I just canNOT stay away from her designs!) & it's sloooooow sloooooooow going. Thank heavens I whipped up a quick toile on it, because I managed to cut one of the pieces in a completely wrong size (eye-bleeding lines & all, you know.....not MY fault.....[koffkoff]). I think I have a good fit, but there's just a ton of fiddly work involved, & I'm finding that I'm afraid of mucking this one up too, so, how do I react?
YUMMY fabric! Don't muck it up....don't muck it up.....
Leave it on the cutting table, & I don't move it, because you know what happens to those fray prone charmeuse seam edges if you look at them wrong....& I forgot to add extra to the SA, so I can't lose a millimeter of fabric! Actually, now that I think of it, I COULDN'T add any extra to the SA's, because I had those edges butted right up next to each other on the cutting table trying to get the pattern to fit on to my fabric .... once again, not QUITE enough fabric! I swear to you right here, right now, that I am OVER these 2 yard cuts....it's too much fabric for one simple top, & not enough fabric for pretty much anything else)
Since I seem to have a fear of actually sewing anything, I'm (finally!!!) getting Queenie, my vintage dress form, stuffed with the Fabulous Fit pads. Does it look like me yet?
Just WHEN, in the process of adjusting things, did I get THAT lopsided???
ETA: Two hours after publishing this post, & I realize that it hasn't shown up on anyone's blogroll. Apparently not only is my sewing affected, but also my blogging! Ghosties wreaking havoc? Maybe I should just go pull weeds...... ETA#2 - turns out it was not just my post; it appears that blogspot has been publishing posts at random, willy-nilly....posts I read in Reader yesterday are only just now showing up on my blogroll. Is Mercury retrograde? (make note to check) Also, lest people think I'm being all whiney & stuff.....once you know me better you'll realize that this entire post has a tongue-in-cheek aspect to it. I may whine, but there's always a touch of humour that goes along with it....at least in my mind & heart....I know that doesn't always translate to the written word.
I do try to not take ANYthing too terribly seriously. AKA Don't sweat the small stuff....& it's ALL small stuff ;-)
~~~~~ When everything seems to be going wrong, what do you do? Walk away for awhile & wait for the stars to re-align? Just stick with your projects do the best you can? Pick up something super-simple that can't possibly go wrong (famous last words, eh?) What are your secrets?
Oh! On the good news front (I do always like to leave on a high note...) Colette, my latest Featherweight, just LOVES sewing on silk charmeuse with silk thread. NONE of my other most-used machines do well with super-fine silk thread, but she is just thriving with it. This delights me :)