*Sew With Me* (ft. my greatest sewing fear)


Guess what, everyone: I went to the new fabric store last week! Well, new for me at least since my family moved to a new area two months ago. Now, while it was a fabric store (!!!) it was also a quilting store so they only sold cotton fabrics. A little disappointing, because I had decided to splurge on some fancier fabrics but was stuck with the same typical cotton I almost always use to sew.  However, I did find two prints I loved and bought them. Luckily my dad was with me, because my purchase was four times pricier than it is at the average fabric store! Thank goodness my dad was with me. He chipped in the half I couldn't pay for in exchange for a mask I'm making him. (Thanks dad!) Here's what I've made with my new fabrics!


I realized I have never made a cardigan or blazer for myself, and now that the weather is fairly cold out I'm trying to be more appropriate with my sewing projects and make some things that aren't sleeveless and won't have me freezing to death. I am still trying to grasp onto the last bit of summer, though, since I know halfway through winter I'll miss it, so I made this pastel patterned cardigan. I love the colours and the fabric is the absolute prettiest. I had some trouble with the pattern I used, which will unfortunately be a reoccurring theme in this blog post. The shoulders came out pretty tight but it fits, which is really all you can ask for sometimes.


You can see the most detail in the back. I added this ruffle around the back, which turned out very well. I'm pleased, since I tried out a new sewing technique. Since I started my blog, I've gotten sew much better at sewing. Practice makes perfect and all that stuff. I didn't have elastic, so I couldn't make the ruffle the way I usually do. However, I thought of ruching (is that how you spell it?) so I thought I would try that out. Basically, once I cut out a wide strip of fabric and hemmed all of the edges I sewed a straight line down the top of the fabric. A normal line, but instead of tying the ends off like I normally would do I pulled carefully on the bottom thread so the fabric gathered together. 


I pulled a bit, adjusted it and pulled the other side, adjusted it, repeat. When I liked the gathers I tied of the ends and the last thing I had to do was sew the ruffle on! I was worried this kind of looked old-lady jogging-suit-ish, no offence to any old ladies that jog, but I've been convinced that it doesn't so that's good. I like that I'll eb able to wear this all year round: in the winter, to add some colour to brighten up the gray skies around me; in the spring to show off the annual pastel trend; for summer nights to layer over a dress when it gets colder; in the fall as a stylish but not stuffy blazer. Honestly, I have no idea how to wear a blazer without looking like I'm heading to work but if I have to look like I'm heading to work, at least it would be a very stylish workplace indeed.


This is the other fabric I bought; I fell in love with the print. I had arrived at the fabric store with a list of what I wanted to get but a) they didn't have what I wanted b) I get easily distracted when it comes to fabrics because when you walk into a fabric store it's like walking through a portal and c)  no one was there to tell me not to buy it so I did! I made a dress out of it, which I think is on the border of city chic and Japanese kawaii. The neckline is too wide to fit on any hanger I own, so I had to put it on the floor which did nothing to hide the fact that I haven't ironed it yet. Sewing the dress was pretty straightforward, for me at least because sewing dresses is my greatest sewing fear. They look great on the patterns, but never in person. everything was going straightforward but then I finished the dress and tried it on - it looked really bad. The pattern was messed up (sounds familiar) so there was a weird excess of fabric in the front. To put it lightly, it was the most unflattering dress I've ever seen. 

In order to fix this I had a few different ideas. I tried to sew it, but then I couldn't put the dress on so I decided to use snaps to make this pleat that would be done up after putting the dress on. However, malfunctions kept happening. I messed up altering this dress SIX times.  It was the most annoying part of my life, or at least my month. I kind of just wanted to give up, but lo and behold (what does that even mean?) I didn't. Do you see why I get nervous sewing dresses? An unflattering skirt still looks good, and an unflattering shirt still looks fine, but since dresses are one piece if they're unflattering they literally are unflattering. Luckily this turned out fine in the end! 



Just a quick closeup of the fabric, because it is SEW COOL! The girl in the middle with the cute hair bow is my fave.

Sewing this dress I have learned some things. Fabric type really matters. A stiff, not stretchy cotton like the one I used isn't the nicest-looking because it hangs pretty weirdly, at least for something like a dress. I really want to sew some dresses out of nicer fabrics - velvet, satin, tulle. Those are much more flattering, although velvet ca be hard to work with because it leaves little fuzzies everywhere. I've also learned to double-check your patterns! I don't want to make these mistakes again.

Thanks for reading! I still have tons of each fabric left (mostly the pastel one) so if you have any ideas on what I should do with the rest let me know! 

Comments

  1. What should I do with the rest of my fabrics? Let me know!!!

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  2. You can try sewing something customized for your blog. Probably a hoodie with your blog's logo on it, something like merch. That would be awesome! Btw you are so good at sewing!

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  3. Just loved both fabrics even if I am indeed an aging jogger!

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