Sunday, March 2, 2014

Deconstruction: A Cautionary Tale

This week I began constructing the practice muslin for the tunic pattern I showed you in a previous post.

Things were going reasonably well until I got to the neck binding.

And….problems.  After watching a few YouTube videos about a dozen times, I thought I understood what to do and forged ahead.  Unfortunately, I forged too soon.  If you look closely, you can see a pinked edge peeking out from under the neck binding.  I was too cautious in my trimming of the seam allowance, and was unable to catch it all underneath the binding. Sigh.

Out comes the seam ripper.

And rips a hole in the fabric. Louder, more exasperated sigh.

What have I learned on this sewing adventure I've undertaken?  So far, I've learned:

- It is most definitely a good idea to sew a practice muslin before attempting to sew a new pattern on your "real" fabric.  (Yay! I got this one right!!)

- Whenever you are learning something new, expect to run into problems and make mistakes along the way.  It's part of the learning process.

- As so many of my lovely friends have advised me here, take your time. Be patient with yourself and with what you're doing.  Don't get in a hurry to finish (so you can post braggy pictures on your blog of your wonderful progress - not that I would ever do such a thing) .

- When you do make a bugger of a mistake, take a deep breath, grit your teeth, and make up your mind to keep trying until you get it right. In other words, don't give up!

- And by all means, be careful with that seam ripper.

Thank you so much to everyone who has given me so much encouragement and wonderful advice.  You guys are the best!  And a special thank you to my sweet friend Valerie who is not only an accomplished artist, but also an accomplished seamstress!  She is doing her best to shepherd me along as I go.  And I will keep going!  Hopefully next time I will have some prettier pictures to show you ;))

Happy Sunday everyone!