So, today was finishing Friday, and one of the things I hoped to
While I had learned to sew through sewing 4-H at around the age of 10 or 11, I loathed it and gave it up completely for about 20 years, when I decided that the pain of a breakup of a 5-year relationship would surely be eclipsed by the pain of taking up sewing again. Being a sewing novice, I had not yet learned to fear patterns sporting the word "easy." Like this one. Now I don't care how experienced you are at sewing. If you want to describe a pattern as "easy," generally it is not going to involve collars & facings and darts and FIVE pages of instructions. The mere thought of what they might call a "difficult," or even "intermediate," pattern makes the blood run cold. Obviously nothing less than boning, linings, and hand smocking at the very least.
So,I started the day with a pattern written by sadists and a material designed by their evil little brothers. Let's call that mistake number one.
Mistake number two, which there are unfortunately no pictures of, was sewing the exact same seam with the exact same mistake TWICE. And you know something, a mistake isn't any less wrong when you do it twice, funnily enough.
Mistake number three was attempting to do decorative stitching across the pocket without doing a test run first. In my defense, I have gotten decorative stitching to work on microsuede once before, and the fact that I did my test run today on cotton instead of finding a swatch of microsuede can be chalked up to not having scraps of this material still laying around after 6 years. Well, and a bit of foolishness--let's be honest. Fortunately, the seams that attach the pocket almost completely cover up the hole I ripped in the material trying to rip out the snarl that was my decorative stitching attempt.
Mistake number four was misreading the pattern directions regarding the bottom button band & the hem, thinking, "Hm, that's a really unusual way to do things," and doing it anyway before realizing that it would be unusual because it wasn't even CLOSE to what the pattern intended.
Mistake number five:
So, with all THIS fun today, that cross stitch is looking better and better. This: