Friday, May 09, 2008

Putting my foot in my mouth

So here I am bragging about how my sewing is getting better and it turns out that I'm exaggerating a bit. I'm working on a dress now and I've got the sleeves in and something is wrong. They're supposed to be a little poufy, but they wound up looking like mutton legs. Part of the problem is that the shoulders are about an inch and a half too wide but that's not all of it. I think the sleeves are too poufy for me. Sigh. I'll have to take the sleeves out and recut both the shoulders and sleeves.

After I finish this dress, I'm not going to work on more dresses until my new (vintage) patterns arrive. I do need to work on the messenger bag, but I also want to try using these other patterns before I do anything else.

As for fixing pants that have worn through: duct tape is one solution. However, a better one would be to get some denim that matches the colour and shade of the jeans as possible and then darn them (or zigzag, or drop the feed-dogs and move the patched area around, on a machine) in place. The patch will be a little bit noticeable but not as noticeable as duct tape :)

1 comment:

Laura Zinn said...

I hate setting in sleeves! Many patterns are drafted with WAY too much ease in the sleeve -- I think the designers think we will always be working with wool. When I'm custom drafting, I almost always knock the ease down to nothing. No, that's not really the right solution, but it looks better than puckers!

Nancy Zieman's The Busy Woman's Sewing Book has tips on ease on pages 57-59. (Yes, you may borrow the book from me if you'd like.)