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Completed fifth project which is a failure!!!
pieraci2
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Date: 5/1/11 12:01 PM

I totally feel like throwing this dress I just made away!!! I began...taking measurements, being quite careful, prepareing fabric, reading directions, etc. AND I FAILED!!! This is the fifth project I failed!!! There were a number of things wrong with this one. So far, I have thrown away five projects. I am discouraged. I have knowledge...my skills are so rusty!!! I can't find any sewiing classes around here! Right now I never want to sew again!!! HAS ANYONE HONESTLY EVER FELT LIKE THIS? I just feel like giving up...not to mention all the money I wasted! I thought I was supposed to get better through each project. All I do is get worse!!!!!!

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Date: 5/1/11 12:08 PM

Maybe you're being too hard on yourself. What pattern were you using? Do you feel like telling us what you felt like was wrong?

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Date: 5/1/11 12:12 PM

Yes, please tell us more about the project and the ways it was unsatisfactory. We can probably help you get back on track.

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Date: 5/1/11 12:38 PM

I used to sew much better than I do today. I think it's because it was just my husband and myself and I could concentrate better. And I've had lapses where I just mended and nothing more. New sewing stuff came out, new techniques.

You may just want to start one or two things that are simpler and stick with those patterns until you can do them without the instructions, and then move on to another. Pretty soon your sewing brain cells will kick in and you will be picking and choosing whatever you want to sew.

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Date: 5/1/11 12:46 PM

Not failure -- a learning experience.

Share with us so that we can help you learn.

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Date: 5/1/11 12:59 PM

I know exactly how you feel. 15+ years ago I sewed almost all my work clothes and I was pretty good at it. Then I gained a lot of weight and stopped sewing for myself. Started quilting, quilts always fit.
Two years ago I started sewing for myself again. I had one disaster after another and was ready to quit, just like you want to do now, but I found this website and began reading about other women's experience and realized that it is just a matter of re-learning fit all over again for this much aged body.
One advantage this time around was finding DVD’s on fit and other various areas of sewing.
Post pictures of you problem areas and other members will come along and help you figure what the problems are.

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Ada

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Date: 5/1/11 1:41 PM

Are you following a book with progressive projects?
Although I too had sewed before, last year I took an intro sewing class at a CC. The first project was a skirt. 48 hrs were assigned to making the skirt in class.
A dress might be a bit more difficult. Is it loose and a pullover style, or are you trying to fit and do closures? If you are aiming for fitted, do you have a dummy and did you make a muslin?

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Joanne

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Date: 5/1/11 1:59 PM

I think most of us have been where you are right now. Please don't give up. This is why we are here...to help each other and learn in the process. As the other posters have suggested, let us know what you have been working on. If you can post pictures that would be great. If not, can you give us an idea of your shape(example: Tall, square shoulders, high waisted, apple, pear, triangle etc.)

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Date: 5/1/11 2:29 PM

most of what i sew is a failure in some way--whether its fit-related, a sewing mishap, or just choosing a project that doesn't suit me. it can be really disappointing and frustrating, but every failure seems to teach me something i didn't know before. and my rate of success does seem to increase over time.

please don't give up! i have every faith that you can do it, and will soon have a success--which will boost your confidence immediately.

this website is an enormous joy, and the people are so helpful and inspirational. please stick around!

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I need to make curtains. Curses!

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Date: 5/1/11 3:12 PM

Oh, don't give up. Tell us more about what you are trying to sew and what has not worked. I would guess that everyone here has felt as you do right now.

I'm here on the computer because I cannot face putting in a zipper in a lined dress. It hangs there looking so forlorn...I just don't think I'll be able to do it correctly. I sewed the lining three (3)! times and attached it incorrectly twice. It is cheap lining so with every rip out, I've lost some seam allowance. It is a mess-that's all I can say. :-)

I hope you take heart and share some more with us,
marec

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