DIY & Crafts

Sewing fails

By: Guest Blogger
Canadian Living
DIY & Crafts

Sewing fails

By: Guest Blogger

All crafters try to hide the fact that some of their crafts end tragically—we try to focus on the crafts that turn out beautifully. So this week in the craft blog we thought we’d discuss our biggest sewing fails. Mine is a pair of cut-off shorts I made from a pair of jeans. I’ve never tackled making my own clothing so I was very nervous about this project—even just cutting the legs off my jeans seemed like a scary task. But I successfully did it and then got a little cocky. I wanted a hippie vibe so I sewed on some patches to the back pockets of the shorts. But apparently in my infinite wisdom I sewed the pockets shut when I put the patches on. I tried to comfort myself by saying I never used the back pockets anyways, but really I’m just a rookie sewer. We asked some of our craft bloggers to share their biggest sewing fails. And here are some of our favourite responses. Melissa Lowry of Milo & Ben My worst craft fail was a recent attempt to sew. I started a new line of dolls and I wanted to make clothes for them. I was a little rusty when I started but I decided to try anyway. I went and bought the sewing machine and all the fabric and materials. I made my own pattern and through a bunch of trial and error, I finally made it the right size. I printed it, ironed it and pinned it. When I sewed it together it was the most frustrating experience. The seams were so tiny I couldn't stitch them properly. The final dress ended up being all crooked and too small! It didn't fit properly and I had no idea how to make it better. I had to spend some time researching and looking up doll patterns. I finally found one that would work and modified it to suit my needs. It took about two tries to get the hang of it, it still needs work but it's getting there! Andrea Sabean of Artisan in the Woods When I was first getting into sewing my own clothes I was really excited to sew myself this "simple" summer top.  The pattern was from Ottobre magazine and I painstakingly copied out the pattern pieces in the correct size, added the seam allowances, followed the (minimal) directions and I couldn't wait to try on my new top! Alas, the top in the magazine was made from a soft, flowy, fabric and I had used something more like a quilting cotton.  Since there was no shaping to the top, and it was actually long enough to be a dress, I looked a lot like the paper bag princess—only in black. For a while I tried to convince myself that I could wear it if I tied a bow around the top to give it an empire waist feel, and I think I might have even worn it that way once or twice. But eventually it got relegated to the sewing room closet and last year I cut it up and turned it into something else. Lauren Leggatt of The Perfect Pair The biggest one I can think of was when I thought I could just pick up sewing in a day and sew my own shirt. It turned out miserably, I couldn't even get my head through the neck hole and I accidentally sewed up one of the armholes. It was a mess! I somehow had the idea that I was good at sewing without even trying it and instead of starting off small I decided to jump in and try to sew my own shirt. Now that I think about it, it's pretty funny, and I really don't know what I was thinking. Have you ever had a sewing fail? Check back next week for some crafting fails!  Photo courtesy of Melissa Lowry
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