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How do you cope with unsuccessful sewing?
What do you do when all you've done is wasted time and money?
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Date: 6/30/13 7:06 PM

Hi everyone!

I just finished a lovely shirtwaist dress from GNBBS. I finished the dress despite realising I badly needed an FBA fairly early on in the process.



The dress is basically unwearable unless I want to undo the top button (helloooo cleavage), or put up with some serious gaping or sew a hook and eye or some sort of additional closure to keep everything hidden in the chestal region. I'd probably do that, but the fabric is already showing signs of strain at the seams from being tried on by me or my (de-boobified) dress form. It's just basically too small, apart from the shoulders.


So, my question is, what do you guys do when you *should* have made a muslin, but persisted with the actual garment, all the while knowing there were fit issues?

I only spent $4 a metre on fabric so I'm putting this down as an non-wearable muslin... (that only took me 40 hours or something ridiculous to construct). I've decided to give the dress to a friend (if she wants it), because I can't bear to think of just leaving this dress in my cupboard, never to be worn. I guess failing my friend taking it, I'll donate it to an op shop.

This is a long-winded way of asking, what do you guys do when you spend lots of time and money on a garment that just doesn't work out? It surely is part and parcel of sewing that sometimes a print doesn't work, further adjustments needed etc, but sometimes that garment is perfectly fine... It just doesn't fit the person it was intended for. I'm just curious to hear how others cope with the same problem.

Next time I won't be skipping a muslin!

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Date: 6/30/13 7:18 PM

Most all sewers have been there and it is very frustrating with a lesson learned. I loved sewing but just kept on. Now I don't make garments to often but gifts etc with embroidering. AND I still have those times.


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Date: 6/30/13 7:35 PM

I often just finish and give to Goodwill or Salvation Army. If it is unwearable or not finished I just chuck it in the garbage - out of sight, out of mind!! I don't keep my mistakes around to remind me of my failures; I just move on to the next project. Life is too short to dwell on these items that just don't pan out. But it is always a learning experience.

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Date: 6/30/13 7:45 PM

That is a really cute, attractive dress, gorgeous fabric and print, you look like an accomplished seamstress. And self-covered buttons, no less.

Awww.

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Date: 6/30/13 7:49 PM


don't know how I did this
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Date: 6/30/13 7:57 PM

My sentiments exactly! The biggest difference for me is if I know it's not going to work early enough in the project I don't even finish it. I just chuck it and call it a learning experience.

When you're a newish sewist they seem more significant. As you get more experience it's not as hard to cut the ties to bad projects plus they're a little less frequent.

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Date: 6/30/13 8:02 PM

Unfortunately, I treat them the same as badly chosen RTW - they just sit in my closet unworn. Every now and then, I'll try one on - and usually feel that I don't want to wear it in public! LOL

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Date: 6/30/13 8:08 PM

Gosh! This is too beautiful to pitch in a closet and be frustrated! covered buttons and all.

Can you get a different type bra to cure the gaping?

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Date: 6/30/13 8:09 PM

Thanks, ladies!

Yes. I guess the key is not getting too hung up on the 'failures'. I am still a pretty new sewist so I need to learn to let go. I'm a perfectionist by nature and have great attention to detail - which isn't helped by the fact I work as a sub-editor at a newspaper - so I am conditioned to obsess over mistakes (be it errant apostrophes or failed garments).

They never tell you how many life lessons you get from sewing!

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Date: 6/30/13 8:18 PM

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Can you get a different type bra to cure the gaping?

Oh, I wish there was a magic bra that could shrink me a cup size or two but I've never found one that didn't give me a weird saggy triangle shape. I have big problems (pun intended) bra shopping for this reason!

I could squish 'em in there, but the fabric is fairly delicate and I fear in a fight between my boobs v fine cotton lawn, the boobs would win hands down. The shirring at the back actually pulls more than I thought, and I added more rows than the pattern indicated because the upper back pleats were doing this weird pooling thing above the waist. I assume because there was so much pulling across the front and then the pulling at the waist with the shirring. Sigh!

Thanks for the suggestion, though!

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