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From 'Wadder' to 'Great Save'
Please post great saves here (or point me to a thread that catalogs them)
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Date: 6/28/11 8:50 PM

I was just reading Manola6176's review of BurdaStyle 02-2011-139, a mock-wrap dress for wovens.

It's a great story, complete with before and after photos, of sewing a wadder and then transforming it into, not just a wearable garment, but something better than she had planned in the first place.

I love such stories -- I think this is one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences connected with making things, sewing or otherwise. I have one of these of my own (haven't reviewed it yet), that has become my most-complimented piece of clothing.

I know I have come across a number of such stories while reading reviews here on PR, and it would be fun to be able to reference them, though unfortunately I don't think I have bookmarked any of them. Does anyone know of any thread on these boards in the past that catalogued these reviews?

If you have done, or know of, such a review, would you please post it here?

(Also: Does anyone else think this might make a good contest subject -- choosing a failed project and 'remaking' it? Or has that been done sometime in the past?)

Thanks!

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Date: 6/29/11 5:27 AM

Hi Marjorie,

I had an experience like that!
My Wadder - the pant reminiscent of a clown!
BWOF 11-2010-125

And how I saved them....
BWOF 11-2010-122

Although these aren't really better than what I planned. More along the lines of realising my original vision. But very satisfying to be able to save the wadder!

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Subject: From Wadder to Great Save Date: 6/29/11 8:23 AM

Here is the story of how I saved my last ever project from the book Weekend Sewing. I'm not sure its the greatest save ever but it is decidedly wearable now. http://ejegmama.blogspot.com/2011/04/yardsale-skrit-save.html

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Date: 6/29/11 9:41 AM

Cute skirt! I love the Weekend Sewing books.

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Date: 6/29/11 9:43 AM

I love those pants-the 2nd version :-)

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Date: 6/29/11 10:04 AM

My recent New Look 6438 started out as a wadder. The horrendous story is linked in the review.

I have to say that although I am aware that some fabrics are not compatible with some types of patterns, I was sure this fabric could be a nice bias top despite the nay-sayers, and I was right.

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Date: 6/29/11 11:14 AM

Skaapie -- I'm going to have to file that idea away -- recutting the fabric with a similar pattern (rather than, say, winging a recut). The pants look great in the end! By the way -- I loved your mini-wardrobe this spring.

Ejegmama -- Your addition of that yoga-pant waistband was just the right touch. I love the fabric contrast. See -- that's the sort of thing I'm thinking can happen when we start out by really blowing it.

KatieA -- What a huge difference between your original idea and the final blouse, which is so cute. I guess you ended up letting the fabric speak to you (or dictate, as the case may be).

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Date: 6/29/11 11:20 AM

I hope nicegirl doesn't mind if I link to this review of Butterick 3078. I was wracking my brain trying to think of this one last night. The 'before' picture is so sad, and the final dress is fantastic. Her wadder sat around for quite awhile before she saved it, so I guess sometimes the right idea has to filter in. She was finally inspired by a designer photo -- I'll have to remember that option, too.

So far 3 of the garments mentioned have been wraps. I wonder if wraps might fail more often than other styles, or whether wraps might offer more possibilities for being saved? (One thing I'm noticing so far is that taking away some of the original fabric, and adding a contrast fabric, appears to be one promising strategy.)

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Date: 7/8/11 4:29 AM

I drafted a maternity skirt with flounces at the back and sewed it up using a super ponti knit. Turned out the fabric was too stiff that the flounce and stuck out at the back of me instead of draping softly. I was rather discouraged, but I saved it by sewing the flounce into a half pleat. You can see photos here


-- Edited on 7/8/11 6:14 AM --

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Date: 7/8/11 11:04 AM

Beautiful dintas -- I like the look of those pleats. It's a much more tailored look than your original idea, which suits the ponte. (I really like the flounce, too, though -- maybe you'll make one up like that in a more drapey knit.) I'll have to remember this one. Not having the desired drape in the fabric can be a tough one to fix.

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