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A Parade of Failures

Added May 13, 2011

by freakusbzzz

Canberra, Australia






So I’ve been sewing sewing sewing lately and have nothing to show for it.
It seams everything I make at the moment turns in to a big fat failure and I’m starting to get disheartened.

Tonight I contemplated my UFP box. There is more chance my kids will be well behaved tomorrow than I will ever finished the masses of UFP’s stuffed in there.
Half were ditched and the most recent onces I’ve decided to give to my kids as dress up clothes.
At least they’ll get some use out of them.

So here I have a small parade of my most recent failures.

Disaster #1 is beautifully modeled by Monty. He’s wearing a silk red chiffon skirt with two layers and silk lining. Failed cause I didn’t quite get the circle skirt thing quite right.. How can anyone stuff that up??

Disaster #2 Accompanying the skirt is a lace bolero lined with mesh jersey. I took all day making this for my Burdastyle meet up last night. I tried three times to fix it but gave u. It should have been a long top but it had too many pieces and each piece was lined. Failed because the outer lace was bagging in some places and my boobs looked very very low.

Disaster #3
Claudette is modelling my potatoe sack. A burda style pattern I even made a toile for.
Failed because it was very unflattering.

Disaster #4
Monty has on a stripey tsirt dress. I even made a toile for this too but the fabric wasn;‘t as stretchy as the toile.
Failed because it was too tight. I’ve now cut the sleeves shorter and Monty has claimed it as a night sirt. I’m jealous cause it looks better on him that it would have on me.’

Disaster #5.
I copied ny favourite pair of pants before they carked it. Again, I did a toile and it was perfect. i didnt do the yoke and wasteband though.
Failed because both yoke, waistband looks awful, the pants seamed to have too much sag in the back legs and the zip was too stiff.
I LOVED this fabric and luckily Collette from Tessuti found some more from her warehouse for me. I couldnt be bothered unpicking.

Material Notes

Disaster 1. Berry Chffon
Disaster 2. Stretch lace
Disaster 3. Grey Bows cottom (super soft)
Disaster 4. Black white striped knit
Disaster 4. Texas Rose, olive/cocolatey pinwhale cord with embroidered roses. Slight stretch.

All from Tessuti’s… what a waste or gorgeous fabrics!!




Garment Type
Corduroy, Cotton, Silk

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    May 15, 2011, 09.20 AMby alibelly

    This happens to me a lot! I have a graveyard box in my sewing room for all the “wrongs!” I can make fab things for others but sometimes my own things just turn out fugly!

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    May 14, 2011, 12.16 PMby janul

    Haha, I love your kids in your mistake garments! So funny :) But, I really like the white/grey dress and the striped one… maybe the first one could be saved if you took it in somehow? Anyway, thanks for sharing :)

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    May 13, 2011, 07.57 PMby tanitisis

    I give my wadders to my kids, too (although they usually “refashion” them beyond all use). That’s too bad—-although you’ve definitely been challenging yourself in the fabrics department, too. I don’t think I could make a chiffon circle skirt that was actually “even”… And variable stretchiness is the wildcard in all knit sewing. Better luck in the future!

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    May 13, 2011, 03.19 PMby hukilaulei

    Aw! We all make mistakes the sheer glory of this is that you will persist, you will get better and you will be great! The Fabrics you chose are MARVELOUS and the fact that you involved the babies is even better! I usually let my 6 yo unpick for me but this is a way cuter idea!

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    May 13, 2011, 11.58 AMby anlusaro

    This is so funny. I am glad you shared, I am new at sewing and have had PLENTY of disasters, and have been disappointed, whic led me not to sew in a while….seen that other people also make mistakes and keep at it makes me give it another go.:)

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    May 13, 2011, 11.32 AMby sandrasews

    This is HILARIOUS! Getting your kids to model your UFP’s is sheer genius, I may just have to do the same. I’m actually liking the look of both #1 and #2. Particularly fabric choice for #2. Your kids are darling!

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    May 13, 2011, 11.14 AMby hdk100

    Only those make mistakes, who work. Cheer up… My heart aches for the Txas Rose. Thank god you get more of it! :)

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