Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A Comedy of Errors, or Why I Shouldn't Be Allowed Near Fabulous Patterns

Okay if you follow me on Instagram (@Bad_Kitty_Corsets) you will have seen some glimpses of this skirt while I was making it. Due to work (what else?) I hadn't had time to take and edit some pics of me actually in it for this blog.


Cue a couple of weeks ago when I decided to give it an iron and get Sprogzilla to take some shots. Bad mistake. I recently bought a Singer iron to replace my old one. Not expensive and they make nice sewing machines right, how bad can their irons be? Bad enough to not keep a temperature or make steam. It is either glowing like the surface of the Sun or too cool to take out wrinkles on any setting. Plus my "cotton" wax print ended up melting, so obviously not cotton. Aaaargh! And yes, that is a lovely soft focus shot of my wheelie bins. What can I say, folks? I am on a roll.


Anyway, the last couple of weeks have been a total mare. What is not a mare is this fabulous Lisette Pattern, Butterick B6182 and I couldn't be happier about how easy this was to sew, how well drafted this pattern is or how lovely it looks made up. The wax print was a cheap "cotton" from Walthamstow Market and the zip is a vintage one from my stash.


I left off the pockets as although I have a ton of this fabric left I couldn't be bothered faffing about pattern matching. Oh the irony, me being me and trying not to waste fabric laid out the pattern piece without checking that the bottom layer was folded over enough as had to add in an insert into the bottom corner.


 You can tell if you look really hard but anyone staring that hard at the bottom of my skirt is likely to get a strong talking to so I am probably going to get away with it.


I managed to patch up the holes with a bit of fabric underneath that I carefully matched and hand stitched to reinforce the melted bits. The fabric is a bit puckered in places where it caught but didn't quite melt but I can live with that. I never, ever wear a top tucked in so this will hopefully remain our little secret. I haven't pressed this yet so it still looks a little more wrinkly than it does in real life. Honest.

Top tucked in to show the high waistband. Surprisingly comfy

Top untucked

So, in review. This is a completely fabulous pattern and I am an @rse who can't adult. I have done all the adjustments to the top shown on the pattern front so will be adding this to the long list of patterns that I have adjusted and not sewn up yet. If the top is as nicely drafted as the skirt I can't wait. This pattern makes a lovely skirt and I am adding it to the TNT pile as I will be churning out a whole load of these for work. Oh and the only adjustments that I made to this was to add about 4 inches in length.

Back View. You can just about about spot the exposed zip

So, come on spill. I can't be the only one that has had sewing disaster, or two in my case? Have you managed to work your way around it or has it ended up in the bin? 

Take care and have a great week!

Kxx











24 comments:

  1. I iron everything on full heat yet still feel surprised when items shrink! You made a great save and the clever repair will be invisible.....Which is good news as that is one gorgeous skirt you've created xx

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    1. Thanks Josie. I tend to iron everything, well the small amount of stuff that I do iron, on full pelt too. Not a good idea with my new iron. I think that I might have to splash out on another one at the weekend. Thank goodness that the fabric's pattern is so jazzy I can hide any mistakes. :) Xx

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  2. That's a fabulous skirt - how annoying that the 'cotton' wasn't cotton at all! The print covers up the melty bits, though.

    As I'm a beginner at sewing, pretty much everything I make is still on the disaster scale. If it's a wearable/usable disaster, I'll be happy. I need to make a second front for my 60s top; I tried french seaming the giant darts to reduce them and it went horribly wrong. So I shall stick to big flappy darts. Happily I bought far too much fabric, so have enough to make a second front.

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    1. Hi Mim, oh thank goodness that you can rescue your top. The last one was lovely and I am sure that this one will be even better. You can rotate the fullness out of one dart into two or even three. I do that as I have a 13-inch difference between my underbust measurement and my full bust. It is a pain but saves the bloody huge dart problem. I am really looking forward to seeing V2. Xx

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    2. You can also just trim off the excess fabric [I use my pinking shears]

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    3. True. I am always scared that my rubbish stitching won't hold up and it will split. It would be a look that's for sure. :) Xx

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  3. Luckily I didn't iron right through anything yet but I have a tendencie to melt my overlocker seams due to poly thread... We have two irons now, one for me to ruin my seams and one for the husband to iron his shirts. Works quiet well.

    But your repair is spectecular in my opinion. I would have been way too frustrated to even consider that, so I'm really impressed. Well done!

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    1. Hi Friederike. That is such a good solution. It is such a hassle having to get melted thread of anything and getting it on shit collars, etc. Thank you for the kind comment. I was really dismayed to have to do it but the hand sewing was quite therapeutic. Xx

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  4. You look absolutely fantastic. I love the pattern and style and it looks great with those shoes.
    Your finishing is so professional. I had an empathy moment re the iron, I've done the same thing, I'm very impressed that you managed to salvage it. xxx

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    1. HI Sally, Thank you so much. I love this pattern and that is the first time I have worn the shoes. They are from M&S as they do such lovely comfy shoes for work. I was laughing in the morning as I couldn't get the straps done up and had to drive to work with one done and one not. I am so lucky that the fabric pattern allowed me to patch up my botched jobs. Xx

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  5. That skirt is bloody gorgeous! You might not like tucking your tops into your skirts but look at your waist! It seems a crime not to show it off.
    That pattern is lovely, I love how that top just sits at the waist, the perfect shape.
    the fabric is wonderful and with that print nobody but you would notice the burn.
    I've done the same, too - a gorgeous Indian silk sari I'd made into a gypsy top - it was lovely for about 10 minutes until I ironed it and melted it! xxx

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    1. Oh no, Vix! What a disaster. Your top sounds gorgeous too.That is such a shame but it is easily done. I loved my old iron and never burn anything. Nothing much gets ironed in this house so I guess that I am still getting used to the new one.
      Thank you, I think that I am quite straight up and down but I am so short waisted that I don't suit stuff tucked in at all. It just makes me look even more top heavy than I am already. We are all our own worst critics. :) Xx

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  6. Oh my goodness what a pain to burn that lovely material. It is a fabulous pattern and I love the colours. The skirt looks perfect to me; it fits you well and it looks very lovely on you and what a variety of colours you can team it with!
    xxxx

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    1. Hi Veronica. Thank you so much. Isn't the fabric just lovely? I got it in Walthamstow Market and it was pretty cheap. I have tons left too. You are right, there are just so many colours that would go well. I am thinking about something in khaki as it is trendy for this year, I think.

      I have been very cautious with the iron since then. Xx

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  7. O my! I did this once on the cummerbund waistband of a polyester organza skirt I was making for a client. Melted right through, and I had used up almost every thread of the damned fabric too. I had to fake a new section and sew it over the top. IT was a total nightmare.

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    1. Hi Maryanne, I am feeling your pain. That must have been an absolute nightmare, especially for a client. Polyester organza melts as soon as sunlight hits it though. :) I would have been having kittens. Thank goodness that you could save it. I can only imagine how stressful that would have been. Xx

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  8. Meh we all do it! I also got caught out be wax 'cotton' and it turned out to not only be VERY poly, it smells when warm. Ew. I melt everything [another full blast or nothing ironer]. I trim it away, patch it, swear, and move on.

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    1. Hello! Isn't it annoying? Yes, you trump me there although I haven't had it on long enough to tell if it smells or not. Was that the lovely leathery-look wax fabric? I also bought one and the dye won't stop coming out of it even though it has been washed about a dozen times. I even tried vinegar to no avail. I do like the pattern so will persevere. You always make things work! Xx

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  9. Real snazzy skirt, suits you madam!
    Sewing disasters, moi? Luckily I don't have any... 'cos I don't sew!
    How's the garden growing?

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    1. Thanks, Edwina. I really like it. Feels good to wear and is just smart enough to get away with for work. The garden is growing very slowly. None of the seeds that I have sewn are making an appearance yet but it is early days. I am watering the beds diligently every night in the hope that the flocks of sparrows haven't eaten them all. How is yours? It is so beautiful in the photos. Hope that you are keeping well. Xx

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  10. How annoying to have had such a frustrating sew! Your skirt does look amazing though, I really like the fabric and I'm sure you'll get lots of wear out of it.

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    1. Thank you so much. It was quite frustrating at times but I didn't want to bin it as I love the fabric. I think that I will get a lot of wear from this and I will certainly use this pattern again. These skirts are just perfect for work. Xx

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  11. I love the fabric. It’s a cute skirt! I can imagine how you felt! Last night I started up my iron to press my seam, got interrupted, called away, and then had to run back because my iron was pressing my seam still - I had forgotten to lift it up! Luckily there was a press cloth between the iron and the fabric and only it got burned.

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    1. HI Linda, Thank you! That was so lucky. I normally use a pressing cloth too. I don't know where my brain was. I am so glad that your garment didn't get scorched or melted. Xx

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