Thursday, March 15, 2012

pride cometh before a fall

Yep, I screwed up.  I was on a high from two things, my simple skirt, and a wearable muslin of the newly popular renfrew.  I'm remiss to show the renfrew, cause it's in a drab olive knit that I had on hand, it's kinda blah.  But, the point being, it fits really well, and it was really easy-see a theme forming here?  I like easy.  Ha.

I had bought some nice white bemberg rayon on my fabric adventure, along with the cutest black/white polka dot foldover elastic, with the intention of making a short slip.  I checked out both the Gertie's instructions and Sewaholic's instructions and figured it's 2 rectangles and some elastic, how hard can it be??

Well, methinks I'm terrible at math, even the most simple equations possible.  I carefully cut out my fabric, cut my elastic, even my pretty lace, pinned, sewed lovely french seams and all.  The dialogue in my head went something like this:  lalala, i love to sew, lalala, i'm making something easy, lalala, i'm gonna have the cutest slip ever...

But what happened when I started to put that sucker on, those words left me-quickly.  I miscalculated somewhere and it was TIGHT.  Sigh.

I took the dog for a walk, thought about my options, thought, hey, maybe godets?  Make it kinda swingy, that way I don't have to undo the elastic at the top.  But, can you believe, in all my sewing books, and online, I couldn't find ONE godet tutorial?  WTH? 

Ok, impatience setting in.  Next, decided to watch the telly and unpick the elastic.  Did it.  Cut a 3rd piece of rayon to add to the other two, making the circumference 43".  Guess what?  After I sewed it all together-It.Still.Didn't.Fit.

I'm done.  I have no idea what I did, but I do know, I screwed up two three rectangles of perfectly good rayon, to have something that does not work.  The slip is now crumpled where I threw it in a fit of self-pity.  It will be in UFO status until I have patience to deal with my math skills.

Please tell me I'm not alone in these simple mistakes?

 one day, my pretty


  1. I feel you on the math stuff, especially when I am trying to figure out how much fabric I need for quilts. It's a miracle that I graduated from college! :)

  2. Oh, blerg. Why does sewing involve math - gross!

  3. I know. Boo to math. Things are looking up today though!