Monday, April 19, 2010

So, how's your day going?

Today, I decided to dip into my stash and work on something other than a quilt. I settled on a cute ruffled skirt pattern from one of my American Patchwork and Quilting magazines that I would make for my youngest daughter. I have never sewed gathers before, but this seemed like a good, simple pattern for learning. I spent my entire morning fighting with my sewing machine, and then fighting with the stitches it made, in an attempt to sew a basting stitch that could be pulled from one end into gathers. After ripping the stitches out three times, I just did a running stitch by hand. I pinned the two pieces at the seams and pulled the gathers on either side of them, pinned them down and sewed. It turned out great, though it took two hours to finally accomplish.

Except for one small problem:

20 comments:

One Little Thread said...

LOL I love it! We all have days like those. I sewed a sleeve in a shirt upside down once....

Quilting Queen said...

You made my day. Laughing out loud is good for you. I have sooo been there.

Lisa said...

Ahahahahaha! Give her a long shirt. It'll be fine.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

hey -- fabric has two sides. It's your decision which side to use! you're just being creative...

Sequana said...

When you use the other side of your fabrics, it gives you DOUBLE the fabrics! *S*

That looks just FINE.

Vicki W said...

roflol! Give her some red, orange and yellow permanent markers and tell her it's a "designer skirt".

Sew Here We Are said...

LMAO been there done that!! awww some days just suck

Kathryn said...

What Vicki said, BUT, let her use those markers and trace the pattern thru to the right side. Call it a lesson in eye hand coordination.

Anne said...

I'm with floribunda, you paid for both sides, use both sides. AND, I've seen garments that have the other side of fabric showing for accents. I think you did this as a design statement. Right?

The Calico Cat said...

Oops - That happened to me when I switched from using Kona cotton to a tonal print.

Jake said...

Megan, ask me one day about my Chastity Dress that I made when I was teaching myself to sew 20 years ago. No chance on cheating on hubby in that dress...

So, to help you here, cut out some of the prints from the right sides of your scraps and fuse them onto that yolk in a pleasing arrangement. You'll look like a sewing genius who made a deliberate design choice.

Joy said...

That's definitely a 'designer' look, and if anyone asks, it was intentional ;o).
Try this ... here's an easy way to do a gather ~ On the back of the fabric, machine sew a large zig zag stitch over a long piece of perle crochet cotton (cos it's nice and strong) then just hold each end of the crochet cotton and gather up the fabric on it. Much easier than trying to sew straight gathering stitches ;o).
Hope that helps you ;o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Marion said...

Sympahty vibes heading your way...the best (still) zipper I ever put in was backwards. Also what Joy said...button and carpet thread, or any strong thread, works if you don't have perle cotton. but wait to try all the fixes, it sounds like today is not a good day for sewing!

Nancy said...

when I do gathers I use regular kitchen string and a zigzag stitch. It holds nice...

and one time...i sewed a sleeve inside out..

shequilts said...

Oh. LOL

We've all done it in various forms. Now might be a good time to bring out your 1st April "impliment". :)

Gene Black said...

Do a touch of embroidery on it and call it a design choice! (you could do bobbin embroidery using the printed design as your guide! )
I am all about turning "oops" into "Wow"

Vicki said...

I've definitely been there. I sewed a baby sleeve, the straight edge, to the curved armhole front/back area once. Instead of the curved part that was supposed to go there.

lenoirdenantes said...

I like Nancy's idea of a zig zag stitch.

Another way is to sew several rows (2 to 3) of very long stitches and the pull a little from one side and then pull a little from the other side. All the time moving the gathered area to the middle.

The very first skirt I made in 196??? was a gathered skirt. I still make them today.

Karen W. in S.W. OH

Kelley O said...

I was making my daughter a cute little outfit on the new serger. It was going to be darling! I was pretty amazed at how fast the new serger sewed, it was smokin. All the sudden, oops, I sewed off one of the legs on the pants. I thought my darling husband was going to pee his pants. At least you can fix your error. Mine was so bad I couldn't even make shorts out of what was left. You don't have a lot of wiggle room when the legs on a pair of pants are only
8" long to start with.
Keep Smiling and Sewing

Carrie (in VA) said...

What... I don't understand what the issue is?? Hey - it is your creation and your interpretation of right and wrong side! Love it and so will she when she wears it - because her Mommy MADE IT!!