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Saturday, August 11, 2012

I was SOOOOooooo Careful....and still.....

This happens:

Really?????

I was finding SO much pleasure in making a relatively simple garment, from a lovely, stable woven, and all I wanted was perfection.  Is that so much to ask?   I measured, basted, adjusted, and thought I had a perfect line at the collar band seam, but nooooo......   And not just one side, but BOTH sides.   That's a little more than just a turn-of-the-cloth error.

Oh, I might add that I didn't catch this until after I had trimmed and clipped my edges - not until I was pressing.  But of course.

So tell me,  1)  Have you ever made a perfectly stitched garment that required NO unpicking?  (please just lie to me if you have).
2)  Will I ever make a perfectly stitched garment that requires NO unpicking?  (feel free to lie to me again....)

For what it's worth, one side is now repaired; I just had to come and vent a bit before re-doing the other side.

An aside:  I know I've been a bit absent from blogland lately, but I'm sewing again, and look forward to catching up on my blog reading-and-posting....and I'll see a few of you Monday night at Canada College's shindig!

17 comments:

  1. Well, it's a beautiful color, Jilly! And it will be lovely once completed.

    As to your question, I'm fairly certain that I haven't made a garment in decades without ripping. And the only reason I ever made one without ripping is because my standards were just that low.

    So think of it as an indication good taste, refined sensibilities. You have it. Lots of it!

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    1. Good taste, refined sensibilities, higher standards. Yes yes, that's a good story to stick to! ;D

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  2. Awwww, I know exactly what you are talking about! Does it help if I tell you I spent all day on a project for DD1 that is a complete failure? I then decided to cut my losses and do a sewing task for a (very good) friend. It came out ok, but UGH.

    You do feel better? I thought so. :)

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    1. Oh dear....a complete failure? Well, I guess there is the whole misery loves company thing...hugz?

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  3. Just don't unpick it and then do it again the same way. Me personally? I never make mistaeks.

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    1. No one turns a mistaek into comedy quite like you do ;-)

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  4. Take a deep breath and know that you are not in the pool alone.

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    1. The trick is to not try to breath while still under water.....

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    2. You made me laugh Jilly! But with your creative skills, I don't think you are ever really under water.

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  5. Oh no! I hope you can fix it up! Unpicking goes with the territory... :) I bought a new unpicker just last month after about 3 years using my old one. Unpicking is now actually enjoyable again... I'm ripping through seams fast and easy; had no idea my old one was so blunt. Through loads of use, no doubt... ahem.

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    1. I fixed it, & matched my 4 angled underarm seams PERfectly! Feeling quite smug, I managed to screw up the sleeves I decided to add as an afterthought.....but I can fix that too. I'm determined!

      Three YEARS for an unpicker? That' impressive! I haven't even been sewing for 3 years (this round) and I think I'm on my 3rd one already!

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  6. I have never made anything I consider perfect but I forget about all thoses things after wearing something for a while. Those collars are pretty tricky anyway.

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  7. The sainted Mrs Darling, my old home ec teacher always said, 'as ye sew, so shall ye rip'.....love that fabric!

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  8. Aww, Jilly...you are definitely not alone...my current problems involve the serger and the wrong part of a garment under the knife. Oh
    Well, a chance to be creative! Love the shade of blue...

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  9. Jilly, Ripping is just part of what we do. I have some waiting in the sewing room now. Looking forward to seeing you and others at Canada tomorrow night. Ronda

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  10. ahhh Jilly, this is why I practice my hand stitching. I too have done exactly what you did above-trim the allowance and then realize that a "resew" was needed. As for absences, my heart is fonder.

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  11. It's rare that I turn out a "perfect" garment. But I only unpick those glaring errors, the rest are classified "good" or "enough".

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