Friday, January 11, 2008

Sewing issues

I ended up not feeling well again this afternoon. I had leftover curry last night, and the other day that I wasn't well I'd had curry the night before, too. I'm beginning to suspect that my body doesn't like my curry :(

Since I wasn't feeling well, all I did was some sewing: I sewed a simple top together. There's something weird about it, though, because the collar doesn't look anything like the collar in the picture, and I just can't get it to sit right. The top has a wide neck and the collar kind of stands up on it. The collar is a big rectangle with one seam at center back sewn to the top neckline. It folds over horizontally so that it's only half as thick as the finished collar but there's no provision in the instructions to tack it down or anything and it won't stay folded down. It also has a very strange gape at the back that I can't seem to fix no matter what I've done so far.

The best way to fix the gape is probably to heighten the back neck and shorten the collar, which is a major alteration. I'd also have to re-sew the top. An alternative may be to re-shape the collar at the seam at the back. I'm wondering if decreasing the width of the collar at the top where it's supposed to fold over might work. I'll have to see tomorrow.

I tell you, it's kind of frustrating to work on something and follow the directions and then have it not turn out right. I think that there might be something wrong with the pattern. This does happen, I hear.


Anonymous said...

That kind of collar is usually cut on the bias. If it's cut on the straight grain you could have the problems you describe.

Love, Mom

Chantelle said...

Ah, that makes sense. This was a pattern for knits. Since the knit I'm using is fairly heavy, cutting the collar on the bias might work as well as it does for wovens. I wonder if cutting so that the grain is parallel to the collar edge might work better, too. Thanks :)


Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, having something not turn out even though you followed directions sounds like every single time I've sewn anything :) I understand your frustration but I also know you are excellent at sewing, the shirt will work out for you :)


Anonymous said...

Ummmmm ditto with Robin's post above... I consider sewing to be a problem-solving enterprise and I consider a project finished when I've managed to fix all of the problems!

Trust me, I have wayyyyyyy less trouble since I started making clothes with draping techniques & no pattern. That way, the finished product looks EXACTLY as it's meant to - no pattern envelope to compare it to!