Stitched Up - Sewing Fails

Happy Sunday all...

On a different theme to my usual project posts, I've just come on today to have a bit of a ramble and share some sewing 'fails'.

I really have lost my sew-jo over these last few weeks. Everything Midus touched turned to gold, everything I'm touching turns to crap.

It leaves me wondering. Is this a lockdown thing?

The whole lockdown thing bothered me at first and mega anxiety returned - however after switching off the news for several weeks and just carrying on as 'usual' I thought I was ok. I work at home anyway and that hasn't changed so staying in was not unusual. But it feels different.

I've worked more than I ever have pre-lockdown and feel tired (no I'm not complaining about having work - just an observation). I'm getting continually fat despite trying to exercise everyday and eat well, and now my hobby is annoying me.  And don't get me started on the guilt I feel for not making scrubs or PPE right now.

This is not a 'woe is me' post - I am more than aware what people are doing out there to save lives and give their all. Me feeling a bit odd pales into insignificance. But just sharing - in case anyone felt the same.

Plus I thought I'd share some project 'fails' to mix things up a bit and amuse myself with a bit of comedy in the ridiculous  :)

Terrible Trousers

My first bright idea was to have a go at another foray into the world of trouser drafting.... this time with Suzy Furrer on Bluprint. (What used to be Craftsy).

It must first be said that after doing about 4 pages of mathematical calculations I wasn't sure if I was about to wear these trousers or launch them into space.

After a considerable amount of time and effort, I made my toile and...... well, I wanted to cry a bit. They went in the UFO pile. Today they went in the recycling. Who needs trousers anyway while we're all at home...

Shit Shirt Dress  

Finding a new love for Style Arc patterns I treated myself to some glorious black tencel and a Mara shirt dress pattern to make myself a chic looking outfit. The universe had other ideas. 

It sewed up like a dream but as soon as I put it on the dream was over. My Hulk Hogan arms didn't fit through the sleeved and it was too tight on the hips. Turns out I'd made a 14, not a 16 and just hadn't noticed because the pattern only came in a 1 size format. I tried to salvage it by making it sleeveless. I was a handlebar moustache and cap away from being some dude called Chad riding a pick up truck. Project abandoned.

I've kept this one though as it's since been chopped to hip level and will be made into a tunic just so I can ease my conscience about the fabric...


Melilot Le Merde
Just to clarify the pattern is not le merde, it's rather wonderful,  it's just that my project is not.  
Following the shirt dress pattern fail above, I went on a mission looking for a flared skirt one that would work better for my hips. As I loved the Melilot shirt so much, altering that could be a good option. 
Off I went with a bit of turquoise leopard. Doing my best to cut every piece carefully, following the notches etc. I was so chuffed with myself I managed to get it on the fabric.
I sewed it up - then realized I cut two left front pieces. There was no salvaging that. Recycle.  

Knit Happens
I'm including this just because it's quite amusing but t be kind to myself, this was the first garment I have ever knit so that in itself was a mini win.  
I got a lovely Wool and The Gang kit a while back in the sale and have JUST finished it.

There are stray threads everywhere but again, cutting myself some slack as I have no clue how to 'weave the ends in' and just kinda winged it. However, I still can't help being a bit disappointed that it just doesn't fit :(

Once again it's an arms thing. My arms are just squeezed tight by the dropped sleeve seam. Whilst the sleeves flail about in the wind. If anyone knows a well dressed Orangutan that would love a sweater let me know.
Not really a fail though - I did enjoy making this and that was the point of the knitting was just the action of doing it.

So with that I shall now have a little sewing break! I'll post some more in coming weeks as I made some things pre-sewjo-loss that I haven't managed to take pics of yet.

For now I think I just need to concentrate on waking up, showering and dressing myself. The rest can come after that....

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  1. Just had to write and say thank you for cheering me up! Your sewing fails are so much like mine, it’s nice to know I’m not alone! As for the scrubs guilt, yes I had that too, although last week I joined a group - finally - and now have two sets of scrubs cut out and ready to start sewing this afternoon. If it’s any help, I feel so much better for helping out and the guilt has gone so maybe just dive in and make a pair? If you join a group it’s good fun too, we already have a Scrubbers night out planned for after this us all over! Good lick and whatever you sew next, I hope it fits xx 😊

    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments. I hope you are also back on track and keeping well! x

  2. Ah it’s so frustrating when it all goes wrong! Especially the knitting, that must have taken so long! But you do have lots of lovely sewing successes that come with the failures.

    1. That is very true indeed, and a good re-fashion tests the brain sometimes :)

  3. Try not to dwell on the failures. They happen to us all. I sometimes can't believe the mistakes I make: a pocket sewn on sideways for example! How on earth did I manage that? We're all preoccupied in this extraordinary situation, and it's affecting our concentration. Have a break from sewing, and then start afresh. After all, you have far more successes than failures.

    1. Thank you Ann what a lovely comment. Yes after a good break its time to try again!

  4. Oh wow, completely stumbled upon your blog via an email. Let’s just say you’ve restored my faith that I am not in fact living with aliens! So good to hear that someone else is failing pretty epically too! Makes the world seem more human and flawed x thank you for sharing x

    1. Hi Gemma, what a lovely comment thank you! Welcome to my little blog :) We are all flawed, don't below the social media! Hope you've picked up a bit too xxx