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Date: 10/7/12 1:44 AM

I just need to vent...

I wanted to make a jacket rush rush for my Japan trip next week.
First of all that was a bold move, considering I've never made a jacket.
I've attempted to make one in the past and didn't work, so I figured I'll just tweak it. (It's the coat from Burda Style Sewing Handbook)

Well, that was a big mistake.
The problems with my last attempt were
1. It was too tight - make it one size bigger
2. Sleeves were too puffy - reduce the height

By making it one size bigger it just made everything off.
The princess seams went off to the side, everything droopy and wrinkly.
The one good thing was sleeves looked better.

I think it was better off keeping the princess seam the way it is, and just extend the side.
What I should've done was make a muslin, at least use the sewable tracing paper and do a fitting.
But of course I didn't have time.
Luckily I didn't cut into the lining fabric so I can save this one for another project.

But even then, the material was cheap, not a good color...
I just didn't "feel it" from the beginning.

I just hate wasting time and money on making a wadder!! :(

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Date: 10/7/12 1:59 AM

Don't feel bad...we (hopefully) do learn from our mistakes...,and your fabric wasn't too expensive. A learning experience, for sure.
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Date: 10/7/12 6:07 AM

Join the club -- everyone who sews makes wadders. I know you're disappointed you don't have a jacket for your trip, but you did learn quite a bit from this experience. Even a simple jacket is complicated, so it's best to allot more than enough time for this type of sewing project and always, always, always sew at least one muslin beforehand.

Also I just looked at the free preview of the BurdaStyle Handbook that's on amazon.com. At the very beginning of the book, there's a photo of the completed brown zip up jacket on the model from the preview of the BurdaStyle Handbook that's on Amazon. The jacket has the very same problems you said your wadder had -- the sleeves look much too puffy and the whole jacket looks droopy. If you want a better result the next time you sew a jacket, I recommend you start with a different pattern.


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Date: 10/7/12 11:34 AM

I'm gonna jump your thread and tell you about my wadder from yesterday!!!

I was making a jacket that I'd made before only this one was for my Mom and she purchased the fabric. I actually made a quick muslin for fit and it was fine, so I proceeded. Well, SOMEHOW the seams for the front collar and yoke ended up about 1.25 inches OFF from left to right, so when the jacket is zipped up, you've got this completely crooked line going across your chest!!!

I don't know how it happened and OF COURSE, I serged the whole damned thing together and didn't happen to notice the issue until I was nearly done w/ the damned thing! SO, back to square one! I went and purchased new fabric yesterday (had to get something different though as they didn't have the original stuff) and start all over! Let's just say that I will be keeping a CLOSE EYE on the matching seams

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Date: 10/7/12 11:42 AM

Heather, sorry about your wadder. I recommend that you always use your sewing machine for sewing complicated garments like jackets. If you wish, you can always finish the seam edges on each side with a serger after you're sure the jacket bodice is correct.

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Date: 10/7/12 11:55 AM

The first thing I sew of anything, I assume it will be a wadder.
PS Rush rush for any sewing is a guaranteed disaster!
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Date: 10/7/12 3:44 PM

I completely agree with you, threaddy!

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Date: 10/11/12 1:03 PM

Once again the wisdom of making muslins rears it's head. I wasted more sewing time and effort and money before I started making muslins. I can whip out most muslins in less than two hours and it has saved me much much in the long run. I can't recommend enough. The good thing is it's a great way to develop a tried and true pattern that you can confidently go to in times of pressure sewing without any problems.

I'm sorry you had that problem, Heather. Could it be a pattern issue? Not that unusual if it is. Hopefully the next one will come out better.

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Date: 10/11/12 2:47 PM

lol! Glad to hear i am not alone. Being new to sewing i know anything i make is not going to come out perfectly the first time. Do i usually spend the time doing a practice one out of some clearance fabric, and then do the one i really want later. Each one gets a little bit better....well, most of the time!

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