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Curses and Cleverness

Added May 8, 2015

by aluckmann

Minneapolis, Uni...






I was originally planning to sew up another Megan Nielsen Ruched Maternity Top, but I decided that there were a few things about my first one that I would prefer to change. Namely, the shoulders were too wide and the chest opening felt too large. I have made several Renfrews, and I love the way that they fit, plus I prefer their clean finishes to the simple finishing in Megan Nielsen’s patterns. With this in mind, I decided to mash the two patterns together to make a Megan Nielsen Renfrew. I do love the result.

However, there was one major bummer moment during the construction of this shirt – as I was overlocking the side seams for a nice finish, my sewing machine ate my shirt. Somehow the fabric got pulled in and folded. As soon as I noticed, a huge panic set in (followed by a string of curse words that I am ashamed came from my mouth). I went from thinking this is such a breeze to sew up, to thinking, oh dear, please let this shirt still be salvageable. Once I unpicked the overlocking – a task that took forever – I noticed that there was a small hole in my fabric. I searched the internet for ideas on clever ways to fix a hole in knit fabric. You guys, there was nothing out there! Aside from darning or covering it up with a patch, there was not a single truly clever idea.

Well, I decided that darning and patches are all well and good for old items that need repairing, but not my brand-new-not-even-finished-yet shirt. So, I came up with my own clever idea and added a fun detail of some braided fabric down both sides of the shirt. It gives my plain navy shirt a little something extra, and covers the hole in my fabric (which I did darn before I covered up).

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    May 14, 2015, 01.25 AMby hello Itsme

    the braiding looks wonderful!

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      May 14, 2015, 11.40 AMby aluckmann

      Thank you, it was a quick and easy fix ;)

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    May 13, 2015, 01.53 AMby Gingermakena

    If you can’t fix it, feature it! Looks great.

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      May 13, 2015, 09.17 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you! I have to say, I’ve been really happy with this fix so far.

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    May 11, 2015, 04.13 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is just wonderful – and inspiring!

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      May 11, 2015, 06.54 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you! It’s hard to believe that disguising a mistake can be inspiring – but I think everyone who sews comes across at least one moment where they think they’ve ruined something ;)

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      May 12, 2015, 08.00 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s for sure, and we are learning of our mistakes.. :-)

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    May 9, 2015, 08.03 PMby MojoHollz

    Lol, sometimes the best things come out of "oops!’ moments :P It may have been an accident but the added braid is a fabulous detail, great thinking!

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      May 11, 2015, 11.47 AMby aluckmann

      Thank you! I actually am liking the braiding enough that I might use it “on purpose” with another shirt in the future ;)

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    May 9, 2015, 01.39 AMby rita61

    Great shirt, I really like the braiding.

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      May 9, 2015, 07.24 PMby aluckmann

      The braiding was born out of necessity, but it makes me really happy with how the shirt turned out. Thanks for the compliments :)

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    May 8, 2015, 05.57 PMby hannnah

    Nice save! The shirt looks great on you.

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      May 8, 2015, 06.46 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you Hannnah! I have been wearing it a ton, so I’m glad I was able to salvage it.

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    May 8, 2015, 03.47 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    What a great idea!!!

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      May 8, 2015, 06.47 PMby aluckmann

      Someone once told me necessity is the mother of invention (or creativity) – sure does apply in this case!

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