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it was going to be a simple project...
and then it turned more complicated
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Date: 5/15/12 6:04 PM

my neighbour asked me to copy a very simple dressing gown. It doesn't even have a collar. Simple, I thought.

One evening of unpicking later I was left recalculating my initial confidence. Fluff covered the floor and the seams had been VERY sturdily overlocked.

The first real hint of trouble was when I tried to fold in half the back - it wasn't symmetrical. The terry cotton had stretched over the years. I finally had to notch the middle of the top and bottom, and cut a line inbetween the two.

Next the sleeves. I stared at the unpicked shape. Oh yes, that's stretched out of shape too. Result, more redrafting. The "simple" single layer pockets (sewn to the front panel) are the first I have ever tried, I normally work with two layer pockets. My stitch ripper has been much loved of late.

What joys await when I get to the zip. It's not an invisible one, and I have yet to tackle a chunky zip. Sigh.

It's silly, I've just finished a lined jacket with hardly any problems. But this project is a steady line up hiccups. Thank you for reading!
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Date: 5/15/12 6:09 PM

HINT: Tell the next person who asks you to sew something that you will help her learn to sew. Bbrrrr....there are a couple at least of threads here about this - answer to "Will you sew........for me???" is NO.honestly - it really is. Are you being paid?

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Date: 5/15/12 6:10 PM

Ask your neighbor if she cares one way or the other about the type of zipper you put in. A regular, 'non-chunky' zipper might be more comfortable for her. If she is older and you put in a 'non-chunky' zipper, you might want to add a loop to the zipper pull to make it easier to grab.

Did you post a picture of your jacket anywhere? I think the last I saw was the post debating whether or not to take it in.

Best wishes.

P.S. I'm usually with Muffet on this, but I know that there are some really special people that we would do anything for. Bet your neighbor falls into that category.
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Date: 5/15/12 10:29 PM

Or, if you really want to sew something for her to be nice, have her go buy the pattern she wants. To ME it's much easier to follow a pre-designed pattern than trying to draft something myself. I'm just not a designer. So if you have something you can just lay out, cut and sew up, it would be a lot easier! Just a thought ;-)

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Date: 5/16/12 9:32 PM

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but if you are not trying to save the old robe, why didn't you just cut it apart on the seams and then add the seam allowances back?

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Date: 5/22/12 1:11 AM

I second and third Muffet. I offer to teach them. Brrr. Echhtch. Ptewwy. I am very willing to teach them to sew it but sewing freeby for someone always turns into nightmare.

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Date: 7/26/12 5:30 PM

I thought I should give everyone who commented in reply an update. This project is now finished! I needed a break from the sheer frustration of it all, and my sewing course demanded a lot of my time.

However since the course finished this Monday I've been able to focus on other things, and I really wanted to get this done. I reattached the zip, and with the help of plenty of steam got it all nice and flat. As feared, when I tried to sew the sleeves together they were corkscrewing due to the stretched out template.

Luckily I had enough fabric left over, and used a sleeve pattern piece from a PJ pattern (tried and tested) which had the same size sleeve head. Resulting in THE perfect sleeve. Fixed.

The neighbour is a retired older lady who I have written about before on this board. Some people on another previous thread said I should do more to help her. I did this as a neighbourly thing, and though she offered to pay I've declined. She's on a low income, and I cant really put a price on my work, so it would complicate things.

However, this is the last time I shall EVER copy an old garment made out of a stretch fabric. It can too easily go out of shape and be a nightmare to copy. I have learned about jersey fabric. They don't like zips. Take my word, please.
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Date: 7/26/12 5:58 PM

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Or, if you really want to sew something for her to be nice, have her go buy the pattern she wants.

The added benefit about this approach (AND asking "the requester" to also go pick out the fabric they want), is they most often do NOT follow through.

And that is that.



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Date: 7/26/12 11:55 PM

Well done rmusic1!

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Date: 7/26/12 11:58 PM

I said OUCH before I even read your post just by the title I knew what was coming..

Is it too late to trash it and tell her NO. you cannot copy it.. thats what I would do... tell her you did try but its a no go.. Then never say yes again..

WELL, Whoops on me.. I see you are done. Congrats on your finishing the job.. I can see you are fond of the lady.. and its very kind of you to do that. Maybe in the future you can just surprise her with gifts made from simple patterns that always turn out well. and turn down any special requests..
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