Some days you got it. And some days…you don’t. I tried to just whip up another Debbie’s Birthday Dress (DBD) last week thinking, ‘I got this…’ Except I totally didn’t.
This is no fault of the dress pattern, mind you. The pattern is a breeze. Such a breeze that sewing up one before made me a tad cocky.
So, this is the dress that almost won. Not as in almost won a blue ribbon…more as almost beat me into submission.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a picture of some cute fabric awhile back. (Actually, if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this dress already!) I bought the fabric at this huge antique show this summer, and loved the detailing along the bottom of the fabric. So sweet. It seemed like ‘let’s go pick apples’ kind of dress. So I decided to use the DBD as my pattern, except I was going to forego the seem up the center because I didn’t want to match up the stripes of birds at the bottom. This is fine, except that seam in the back is all part of the plan of the lining and closure and yadda yadda yadda, I made the dress and couldn’t flip it right side out because the back bodice is not split. In other words, I needed to use this method. Oops.
But the mistakes started way before that, including subtracting too much seam allowance when tracing the pattern to be cut out into one piece, not two and sewing the dress in such a fashion that I sewed the bodice to the lining instead of sewing up bodice to back of dress and lining front to lining back. If you sew, you understand this. If you don’t, let’s just say you can’t do it that way.
I seam ripped the entire thing apart probably 5 times all said and done. I would be okay with this if I did it one night over a
glass bottle of red, but I didn’t. I wasn’t even rushing. I was just screwing up every time I sat at the machine. I lost my mojo.
I came very (very) close to chucking this fabric in the garbage and starting over. But I couldn’t. I loved those little birds. Well, I loved them in-between hating them anyway. Also–Lily has very few clothes these days.
So…I finished it. It’s a good from far/far from good kind of garment, but when you put it on a freshly-recovered-from-the-5-day-stomach-bug toddler, it’s allll good.
Have you ever felt like your project was giving you a sewing smackdown? How do you get your sewing mojo back?