Band-aid for Growing Pains

I titled this post “Band-aid for Growing Pains” because it seems like everything I made over the past few months had a fairly nasty mistake in it that I had to cover up. I consider mistakes in sewing to be growing pains, and while inconvenient, they are also a sign of learning.

Lesson – Don’t Sew When You’re Tired!

My first project of 2017 was to make drapes for two rooms in our home.  This my friends was my husband’s idea because I HATE MAKING DRAPES!  I actually started this project in February of 2016 but due to many unforeseen events, I didn’t get around to finishing it until the end of February of this year.

Don’t get me wrong.  Drapes are not difficult at all.  For me, they are simply huge, unwieldy, require working on the floor, and are boring.

It was late at night and I just wanted to be finished so I decided to power through the hem of the last panel. And because of this, I almost made a VERY expensive mistake.

After hanging the drapes and pinning the hem, I decided to draw the actual hem line on the back of my final drape panels (rather than keeping the pins in place), so that I had a clear guide to follow when cutting my final hem.

I drew the fold line and then proceeded to follow along that line with my ruler to draw the cut line.

After both lines were drawn, I got my handy rotary cutter and mat. I was excited because I was nearly finished!

I slid the mat under the panel of fabric and proceeded to cut – ON THE FOLD LINE!  NOT the cut line. . .  Yikes!  Thankfully, I realized it after only two inches.

Had I cut that entire fold line I would have had a horrible mess on my hands.

To fix it, I ended up zigzag stitching the cut together.  Since it was the fold of the hem, no one was going to see it anyway so it wasn’t too horrible – but of course, I know it’s there.

I learned my lesson.  I’ll NEVER MAKE DRAPES AGAIN!  Just kidding.  I just won’t try to power through when I’m tired.

What Else is New?

Last post I told you about all the coats/jackets I was planning to make.  Here is the update on those. . .

Boiled Wool Coat.  This is a class I took here in Colorado.  I finished the four-lesson course but haven’t yet finished the coat.  As you can see in the photo, I still have a bit of work.  The boiled wool is quite lovely to sew but it’s thick.  One regret I have is that wool is a bit itchy for me so I should have lined the coat rather than done a Hong Kong seam finish.  Ah well – more growing pains.

Denim Jacket.  This project was also a class that I ended up missing due to the flu.  I had all my materials and had modified my pattern so figured I would just work on my own.  The jacket is almost finished.  I only have the buttons left.

There are several things about this pattern that I don’t really like.  First of all it is a self-facing center front closure.  Meaning the jacket front is simply folded in to make the facing.

The result of this is that the buttons and button holes have 3 layers of fabric so there is no need for interfacing.  But while that’s a good thing probably, when the neck edge of the jacket hangs open, you can see the transition from the facing to the inside of the jacket.

I don’t think it’s a big deal, I just don’t care for the way it looks.

One major problem with the pattern is that the sleeves are massive.  I should have tapered them but didn’t think of it until it was way too late.  Ah well – more growing pains.

Iconic Tweed Jacket.  I did manage to finish one of my projects. This is my second time making this pattern.  My goal is to make this jacket again starting May 1st.  I will be working along with two other women, both more advanced than I.  We will be following the Craftsy course – The Iconic Tweed Jacket taught by Lorna Night.  My plan is to thoroughly document our process.

So starting in May I’ll be posting frequently on that project. If you would like to follow along, subscribe to my blog for updates.  And if you would like to SEW along, let me know about it!

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