I’m feeling very discouraged about sewing today. Why don’t I just make my life easier and give it up? It’s usually when I make one dumb mistake after another that I feel this way. Or when I don’t read the instructions and do it my way, and then I realize I should have read the intructions, because I screwed up my project and have no one to blame but myself.
And then when I think I spent all day working on a dumb shirt to wear over my sports bra at the gym when I could have just bought something similar at the mall for a few dollars. Why do I do this to myself? I could have been doing something else more important instead of being hunched over by myself in my sewing room picking out ripped stitches.
Take Simplicity 8338. A simple tank top meant to be worn over a sports bra. It seems to be the simplest of projects that get me the most discouraged. Obviously my armholes are terribly stretched out. Was it my fault or did the pattern have a too long band? The truth is every band should be a different length since some fabrics grow more than others when it comes to knit neck and arm bands. After serging and then cover stitching I had the bright idea to rip out the seam and use elastic instead. Why did I bother cover stitching when I could see it was all stretched out? I don’t know!
Well, it took about forty minutes to rip out the armbands. Then guess what? I sewed the elastic onto the wrong side of my fabric ! I wasn’t about to pick out all those zig zagged stitches to remove the elastic so I wadded up the top and threw it into the corner of my room.
Then I decided to try making another of these tops but in a tissue knit instead of the poly lycra stretch I made the first top in. Well, the armbands stretched out and were way too long for the armholes! So I decided to sew a strip of knit binding onto the armholes like you would a piece of bias on a woven top. But it didn’t look right either. A day of frustration. I stepped away from the sewing machine before I had a total meltdown.
I’m still deciding whether I’ll try to make another of these tops that I need for the gym, or just buy one. It’s kind of a boring thing to be sewing, and maybe it isn’t worth my time. I made a promise to make all my clothes this year, but maybe I’ll break it. What would you do? And do you ever feel like maybe you will never get it right, either?