(Ok, I'm not really a witch, but I probably would have been burned at the stake in 17th century Salem.
I am a big fan of midwifery, pirates, and eating a peck of dirt before you die.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Embracing the Flubs

Remember this? I was so proud of it. So cute, I thought.  Well, it could have been.  But I seriously flubbed on it, and was too gaga in love for the fabric to notice.  So when I took it out to wear the other day, now that it is all warm and breezy and linen-lovin' weather, I was kind of appalled. It looked like I was wearing a bustle!  And I couldn't find the center-seam!

I mean, look!       The back right is way more gathered than the left.

And look!     To compensate for it being too big, I just sewed a new seam right down the middle, leaving a huge "pleat", which I just topstitched over.  What, did I think that was going to hide that ridiculous flub?

And, really, look ....The brown under-layer is supposed to be the center front. What's up with the seam way off center there?
I didn't even care about hiding my stitches securing the facing on the inside.  Brown thread and all.
Oooh! More totally random topstitching! I wonder what I was trying to hide there..?..

That's it.  This fabric is way to cute to live a life of misery in a badly made skirt.  There is plenty of it (especially on the right rear "bustle"!), so I'm gonna do something drastic, and cut it up and make into another, much more carefully made skirt.  I might even design the pattern myself (yeah, right...)

Any good skirt pattern ideas?

1 comment:

  1. I am far more sculptural (read flub happy) than you are when I sew and yet I totally understand how you came to realize this just wouldn't work, despite the fabric. Of all my flubs only a few have made it onto the dance floor (figuratively). So. It is an excellent lesson. For me especially because I get going and I can't stop and then these things happen. Stop while you are ahead and come back later.

    I designed a simple pattern for a Salwar top (long tunic with side slit) because I was so tired of feeling like an idiot trying to understand patterns. Like you said they are all in a different sewing language and even the “easy” patterns can be unclear. I think I liked designing it as much as I liked sewing it.

    Thank you for turning me on to the quilting world. I now realize what is so powerful about quilting. It is painting with fabric!