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Another One for the Category “Stupidest Mistakes Ever”

Stupidest? Is that even a word? Does it have to be “most stupid”? Or can it be “stupidest”?

Grammar questions aside let me show you what I did:


There is my almost completed shirt. No, it’s not even the unbalanced button holes that I would regard as particularly stupid. But look what happened when I cut open the button holes using a brand new and unexpectedly shrap seam ripper:


Yep – I cut right trough the button hole!!! Duh – facepalm moment of the highest order. Made worse by the fact that this was the last task on this otherwise finished shirt.

So here I am, cutting another collarstand, counting my blessings that at least this happened on the collar and not on the main body of the skirt.

Sewing can be so annoying sometimes!!


When Sewing and Thinking Don’t Collide…

Egged on my your kind comments I set out to make another version of the Malvarosa. I had a delightful, light aqua linen what would work beautifully and because it’s a really easy sew with essentially just a front and a back bodice piece with a gathered skirt added on, it can be sewn while thinking about other things.

Or so I thought…

Look what I made one step before the finish line:


Do you know what I did?
I sewed the right front side to the left side of the back bodice and the other way round. And I finished everything completely before even noticing!

Dear oh dear… Well, it’s all unpicked now and sewed up correctly now, so no real harm done. But still…

How about you: Have you made any sewing mistakes as stupid as that?



Burdastyle 2/2010 # 128: Another White Jacket

I’m not really quite sure why, but I made another white wool jacket. Earlier this year I made my winter trench coat jacket – my first foray into coat making. Then I got another cut of wool in  an absolute, incredible, mind-boggling bargain from fabricmart.com (my husband’s American haul), but due to weight restrictions (and my stupidity in trying and failing to convert yards to metres – I know, it really isn’t hard at all) I only got 2 yards of the fabric. Note to self: 1.8 metres is not enough to make a full length coat!

So I make a blazer-type jacket. The pattern is Burdastyle 2/2010 #128.


IMG_7584The front looks a bit doubtful on this picture – I think it looks a lot better in real life. Hope it is the way I’m standing 😉 . Or have I sewed on those buttons at different heights and never noticed? Hmmm…

IMG_7592I can put my hands into the pockets, but they really they sit a bit too high up to do that comfortably. I did not even consider that when deciding on the pocket placement. In fact, I did not really decide either, I just placed them where the pattern wanted them. So maybe this is not a hands-in-pockets jacket.

IMG_7585It’s a very straightforward oversized/boyfriend type blazer cut. It has bust darts as its only shaping which I would not usually consider, but because I already have a white jacket I thought I might as well experiment with the looser cut that I don’t usually wear. I quite like it at the moment, but I keep looking for a belt to cinch it in. The looser cut is definitely something to try and get used to.

IMG_7591It’s lined with a light green lining and on this photo you can really see how thin the fashion fabric is. This makes the choice of making two white jackets a lot more sensible (or so I’m telling myself at least): the winter trench is for colder weather, this jacket is for cool but not cold weather. Not that this is much help to me at the moment (North American readers who have been suffering in what must the longest winter since the beginning of time, scroll down now in order not to get completely frustrated)…

Well, the coat is not much use to me at the moment, because the warmest winter ever has just given way to the loveliest and most consistent spring I remember and I don’t need a wool coat of any description any more. It’s very early autumn sewing, I suppose 🙂 .

The construction was very simple, but I made my own shoulder pads using this tutorial. I’d always thought this would be really complicated, but in fact it took about half an hour to make those shoulder pads from scratch and they sit much, much better than ready-made ones. So certainly for a coat or blazer I am going to continue making my own – the garment is a joy to put on now because the shoulder pads really mould to the garment and feel supportive but don’t get into the way.

How about you: Are you sewing season-appropriate garments at the moment? Or are you or have you ever been too early or late for the season with your projects?

A Facepalm Moment of the First Order!!

Can you believe what’s happened? Earlier today I blogged about the table mats that I made, broadcasting my trials and tribulations to the world and not even giving a thought to the fact that this information is visible not only to all my sewing pals but also to those for whom this should be a top-secret present and one should not show pictures of presents not yet given online.

Well, turns out that unbeknown to me my dad has a keen interest in my blog (Hi Dad!!) and although he does not speak any English he has worked out the whole table mat saga with the help of Google translator.
He did promise not to tell mum anything about it (Thanks Dad!!) but also he did not say anything about how yes they were quite bright and slightly headache inducing but not much and really he liked them. He might have to brush up on his “Sacred Parent’s duty to like all crafts that come from your children” skills, don’t you think?

And I will go to the naughty step and repeat 100 times “If you don’t want it known by everybody, don’t post it on the internet!”.


PS: This post has only one tag: stupidity. Well deserved, I think 😉

Burda Easy Fashion Autumn/Winter 2013: Easy Made Difficult

Does anybody like to gloat? Sun yourself in another one’s misery?
Then this is where it’s at!! I made the most enormous dog’s dinner out of my latest sewing projects.
All started really well. I love the new edition of Burda Easy Fashion – in fact apart from one skirt in it I have plans for every garment in the magazine.
I started my making blouse #5

5C HW13 B

not as a dress but in a slightly more middle-age-appropriate blouse length. No concerns about the pattern or the drafting – but the chiffony fabric I used pulled and wrinkled every which way until I got all hot and bothered and felt like way back in the home ec class trying to make the first button hole… After a lot of rather unkind ironing and pressing I managed to kind of conquer the pulling and declared the garment wearable – more photos in the next post.

Then I tried my luck on trousers #2:

2B HW13 B

I didn’t make a colour block version but used a solid navy stretch fabric from my stash. The whole project was intended as a muslin, hopefully a wearable one – until I was a bit to fast and free with the rotary cutter and cut into one of the trouser pieces! And no, the hole is not at the inside leg near the ankle where no-one can see it, it is at the center front at about mid-thigh! I did try a bit of darning, but clearly that is not something I remember how to do from my home ec class, so there went the wearability aspect of the muslin. Once I have stopped crying about so much stupidity (whenever did I think that using a rotary cutter on dark navy in a room that is not very brightly lit in the middle of the night half asleep is a good idea???) I might make some pictures of the trousers that otherwise are actually very nice.

So there goes to show: You can make even easy things really hard, if you really try…