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Date: 7/11/13 11:41 AM

I'm really frustrated with my top (Simplicity 8523) because I cannot seem to get enough fit adjustments done to make the muslin the least bit flattering. I've worked so hard on this (and, admittedly, learned a lot), but I can't seem to get Muslin #2 to a state where I'd be willing to cut into my fashion fabric.

(Right now I'm trying to deal with a swayback adjustment that pulls my nicely graded-wider hip out of wack.)

When you hit a wall, what do you do? Do you give up on a pattern (after all, it could be that this thing just doesn't suit me)? Do you cleanse your palate by starting a new muslin or project that might work better? Or do you push yourself to finish, even if you're not sure that the result will be satisfactory?

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Date: 7/11/13 11:52 AM

Hi Demoiselle,

I've been there so many times--and I have various ways to deal. In this case I think I would give up on the pattern and find another that is easier to fit. Even if you do get this one to fit, you may be so frustrated you won't enjoy wearing the finished top.
When I'm working on project that isn't optional (ie. for a client), I'll take a break and work on something fast and simple but satisfying. If I feel my sewing mojo is really off I'll do something other than sewing--knitting, cooking, house-cleaning and try again the next day. If you're sewing for pleasure don't let a frustrating project ruin it for you.

Best of luck!
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Date: 7/11/13 11:54 AM

I agree with Juliette! Taking a break clears the mind, and quick gratification on something else renews energy!

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Date: 7/11/13 12:02 PM

Put it away for a while. It is amazing when the light bulb will turn on.

Sleeping on it is more than just an old saying. I have even had an aha moment while driving (alone with no distractions).

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Date: 7/11/13 12:32 PM

Thanks. I think that, on some level, I have come to the conclusion that this top is just not going to suit me, no matter what I do to it. Yet at the same time, I'm learning a lot working on it. If you've been following my threads on Fitting Woes, you've seen how much I've tinkered with this shirt.

I'm additionally frustrated because I picked it so that I could learn how to make a very simple top--and though I am learning technique (good!) and some fitting stuff (also good!), I am feeling more and more that I am not going to end up with a top, even if it was a simple pattern.

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Date: 7/11/13 12:34 PM

Quote: PattiAnnJ
Put it away for a while. It is amazing when the light bulb will turn on.



Sleeping on it is more than just an old saying. I have even had an aha moment while driving (alone with no distractions).


Thank you. I slept on it last night, and had a week and a half break (enforced by a work/family trip) before that. I feel like any break I take at this point is going to be a permanent one.

Either I figure out how to make this pattern fit, or I conclude that this pattern is not meant to fit my body in a way that flatters. It is, after all, a modified box.

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Date: 7/11/13 12:41 PM

It is hard to make a modified box into something other than a modified box, so don't waste your time trying.
I have found that any pattern that looks like a box to start with isn't going to look good on a body that has curves.

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Date: 7/11/13 12:48 PM

You're tenacious .... I would not have had the patience you've had with this top! You've learned a lot from it, maybe even when it's time to give up?

ps ... and either date and frame it or get rid of that pattern!!!

-- Edited on 7/11/13 12:49 PM --

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Date: 7/11/13 1:00 PM

Sometimes I throw the item in question and put it on a time out. If that's been tried and I'm still not having fun with it or enjoying the process, I let it go. Occasionally I finish it and donate it, but more often than not, if I'm that frustrated with it, I just chuck it. My sewing time is important to me and I always learn things from each project. I'd rather spend my time on a project I am enjoying.

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Date: 7/11/13 1:13 PM

I work on harder projects and easier ones. When I get to this point, I put it aside, make jammie pants for someone in the family (there's 4 of us)/something easy for the girl/even a skirt...but something that takes less then a few hours to finish.

Because I can whip these out, I get a sense of accomplishment, I have something for my time and I usually go on to something else that is slightly harder, but it gives me a new challenge (even just tracing off a Burda/Manequim pattern). It changes my thought process, and then I can look anew at what gave me the trouble in the first place.

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