These are my favorite 8 seconds from this whole movie (16 Candles):
Yes, it's my birthday, and tomorrow starts Me(igan)-Made-May. I have been sewing, but haven't taken any photos so no blog posts. I'm working on it.
I've been plagued by a comedy of errors, meaning that I have done some really stupid things and I can't explain how I did them all.
I have been working on my "Pants Fitting Techniques" Craftsy course, and have made my first muslin. For some unknown reason, I added a 1" seam allowance to the side seams of the pants (Vogue 2948). Umm...it already has a 5/8" seam allowance...why on earth did I assume there wasn't any?? Needless to say Muslin #1 was gigantic.
I made a Simplicity 4589 (OOP and not on Simplicity site any more) in a cobalt blue Rayon/Poly blend.
But wait there's more! Oops #3:
I was looking at some of my recent fabric purchases and decided I really needed to use one in particular. It was an ITY knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (my first purchase from them!). I had originally planned on making a wrap dress with it, but came to the realization that I really don't wear dresses much. Making a skirt and top from it would be better and I could mix and match them with some other things. Decision made: first up, a skirt from New Look 6735 (a PR "Best of 2008" pattern).
With only 2 pattern pieces, it was an easy make. When cutting the elastic for the waistband, I measured around myself rather than using the elastic guide. Smart right? Then I used a 3-step zig-zag to sew the elastic to the waist, serged the raw edge to the edge of the elastic, turned and topsitched it all down. I put it on and...Gigantic! What on earth happened? I had to stretch the elastic when sewing it down, but did it not recover and shrink back to size?? So I spent a bit of time (2 TV shows) with the seam ripper, ripping out the topstitching, serging, and triple zig-zag (so much stitching!!) I was tempted to chop it off, but decided against it. So today will be spent figuring out what happened, and fixing it. Why on EARTH didn't I try it on before doing all of that sewing???
Now I'm older and wiser, and will hopefully learn from my goofs.