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Date: 1/28/06 1:10 PM

I would have to say that the worst mistake I've ever made with my sewing is when I sewed a piece upside-down. It was while making Simplicity 4488. I sewed the side-bodice pieces upside-down, and I didn't notice until I was finished with the bodice! I had to take EVERYTHING out. It was an awful pain.

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Date: 1/28/06 1:16 PM

My worst mistakes were all on my first pattern--unisex buttoned pajamas with a collar and elastic-waist pants. I had never read a book on sewing, so I made some huge mistakes. I think the worst one was that I didn't cut two pieces of the collar. The instructions seamed awful strange because of this. In the end I had it looking okay on the top, but if you look underneath there are clipped seam allowances stitched in place. Thank goodness I've learned a lot since then.

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Date: 1/28/06 1:20 PM

I think I've probably blocked the memories of really bad stuff...
The worst I remember was when I was making a jacket from a silk/rayon blend stripe. Very pretty stuff, and I'd carefully matched the uneven stripe pattern at the lapels and patch pockets.

Then I fused all the interfacing to the right side of the front pieces.

Fortunately, there wasn't a dimes difference in the appearance of the right and wrong sides...but the stripes were all off. (that's when I realized what I'd done).

I told myself it was no worse than most RTW and just went with it as was, mismatches and all. But it bugged me every time I wore it.

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Date: 1/28/06 2:33 PM

So many mistakes to choose from!
The very worst-in 7th grade home ec-yes, I am that old. I was so distracted I sewed right over my finger-stopped right in the middle of my nail.
Second worse- on Sewing workshop's Fuji top, actually sewed the wrong sleeves on wrong side out. Twice. Must have been another distraction filled day!

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Date: 1/28/06 2:38 PM

I managed to slice a gash in the bodice of my own wedding dress when it was under construction. Fortunately it was an embroidered fabric and my mother did some chainstitch emboidery over the mistake. To this day (35 years later), I can't find the "bad" spot.

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Date: 1/28/06 2:44 PM

Helping a friend sew a pair of pants out of $25 a yard silk.

I told her to cut out two fronts and that is exactly what she did. Cut out two identical fronts.

Her pants ended up a skirt.

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Date: 1/28/06 3:17 PM

Ow.

I sewed a sleeve on upside down (matched the underarm seam to the top shoulder seam).

Of course, my worst fabric mistake was cutting, not sewing. When I worked at Joann Fabrics, I measured out some decorator fabric (quite a lot) for a couple, and when I cut it, I cut a wedge out of the middle of the fabric without noticing. So when I went to fold it, there's this big trapezoid-like hole in it, and there wasn't enough on the bolt to cut another piece the size they wanted. At the time, we didn't find the piece, and presumed someone else had cut a sample, so the couple never found out it was my mistake. I only found the trapezoid after they left, and realized that I did it.

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Date: 1/28/06 3:23 PM

This was this week (oh let's not go back TOO far):

I make little Humbug bags and use colorful or textural linings, loving the WM polyester 'suede' for linings so much that I cut up almost all of in stacks for each size bag to make sometime.

It was no wonder I couldn't find my $24.95 ultrasuede for edging a jacket.

I'm gonna charge my friends and family for THESE bags - the only way to half make me feel good.

Annie

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Date: 1/28/06 3:35 PM

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It was no wonder I couldn't find my $24.95 ultrasuede for edging a jacket.


Bummer!

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“Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” -Robert Heinlein and Ann's father. Thanks for the reminder, Ann.

Where are we going, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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Date: 1/28/06 3:53 PM

I think I make at least a couple mistakes per project.

Probably my worst is interfacing the entire back bodice of a dress instead of just the button placket section. The entire time I was sewing the dress, I kept thinking, "why would the instructions say to interface the entire back?" After a while I figured it out--they didn't say that! It was a shame too, the fabric was so nice. I tried to steam off the interfacing but it was still stiff. Live and learn.

Recently I cut a gash in a bodice of a dress while trimming seams.
-- Edited on 1/28/06 3:55 PM --

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