Summer Sewing Project #3: Knowing When to Quit

This is not the post I hoped to write about my last summer sewing project. It does bring up an interesting question: when do you decide to call it quits on a project?

The original plan was to sew a white sleeveless Granville Shirt, in the white cotton on the right of the photo. I wrote about wanting a white sleeveless Granville after making the printed one, so I wrote it into my summer sewing plans for 2015.

sleeveless white granville

I was sewing on a Sunday, and I’d already been working on one project that I wasn’t super pleased with. No worries, I thought! I’ll put it aside, and sew up the white Granville shirt I’ve wanted for a while. (Everyone is making white sleeveless shirts. I love Handmade Jane’s version in swiss dot!) I love the pattern, I know it fits, and I know I’ll enjoy having a plain white version of my favourite shirt.

Here’s where things started to go wrong.

1. Not enough fabric. I knew I didn’t have a lot and that’s why I planned to make it sleeveless, but there wasn’t even enough to fit all of the pieces of the sleeveless version. There was a stain in the middle of the fabric, and I’d already washed it so it must be permanent.

No big deal, I thought. I’ll cut extended front bands instead of using a separate piece. I’ll skip the pockets. I’ll use something else for bias tape, maybe plain white cotton or purchased white bias tape. It’s not perfect but it’ll do!

2. Sub-par fabric. As I started cutting and sewing the fabric, it was looking too much like paper towel for my liking. It was stiff and papery, wrinkled easily and didn’t press well. I bought it in the nice shirting section of our local fabric store, and I focused more on the appearance and texture than scrunching it in my hand to test for wrinkles. Don’t be afraid to handle fabric in the store, rub it across the back of your hand to feel its softness, grab a handful and scrunch it up then release to see how it reacts.

I figure, maybe it won’t be so bad when it’s done. At the very least it’ll be a good layering piece right? A crisp white collar popping out of a winter sweater,  that’ll be great! Can’t go wrong!

3. Here’s the deal breaker: I sewed two left fronts. That’s it, I called it quits here. If it weren’t for the first two points I might have unpicked it and started again, but I was already not crazy about the fabric as I started working with it. Life’s too short and free sewing time is too limited to persevere on something that’s not going to be awesome. It would be one thing if it was just a challenging project, or if I knew with a little effort I could get it back on track. In this case, I decided to call it a wash and move on.

How do you know when to throw in the towel on a project that’s not going smoothly? What makes you decide to keep going, when it isn’t turning out like you hoped? Do you feel better knowing that everyone has projects that don’t turn out, even people that sew all the time like me?

Hope your weekend is full of sewing success stories!


59 Responses to Summer Sewing Project #3: Knowing When to Quit

  1. Rachel July 31, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    That’s a shame! But almost kind of good that two left fronts made you definitely have to stop rather than carrying on until the bitter end. I used to feel really guilty if I didn’t finish something because I just didn’t like it, but then I realised, nobody else is making me sew! If I’m not enjoying the process and I know I’d never wear the thing I’m making, there is just no point :-)

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 9:41 am #

      Exactly. It was a good enough reason to call it quits! I’m rather stubborn and I don’t like to admit things are going wrong.. so you’re right, I probably would have carried on till the bitter end! It’s nice to have a real reason to stop and move forward.

  2. Anne July 31, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    I fit as I go along, and if I start to see that the style isn’t going to work on me I usually give up. I will keep going if I *really* like the style, or if it won’t take much effort to finish it. Occasionally I keep going for the sake of the challenge and learning experience. If it is a matter of just losing interest then I set it aside for a while. I’ve also gave up on projects when I start making mistakes and wasn’t crazy about the fabric to begin with.

    Part of the reason why I rarely post wadders anymore is because I get annoyed by well-meaning but unwelcome “advice” on how to “fix” it, even after I’ve very clearly stated that I am no longer interested in the project. There seems to be a group of people out there seemingly incapable of understanding that sometimes you want to just cut your losses and move on!

    • twotoast July 31, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      I have to put my hands up – I’m guilty of making suggestions when someone posts a wadder! I think that it is because on occasion, I saw something that was of value, but I agree, it drives me nuts when someone says ‘do this do that’ to one of MY wadders! I think that by the time Imade a decision that something isn’t going to work, it is an emotional decision and there is no turning back!

      • Kathleen July 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

        Hmm. I need somewhere to post wadders so others can give me ideas how to recover the time and money spent. They end up as wadders because I can’t find another option.

        • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:19 am #

          We should create a Sewing Help Desk where you can post photos and get help. You’d probably get a lot of suggestions, some useful, some less so!

      • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:07 am #

        It is an emotional decision, there’s a part of me that hates to fail! I guess that’s where it’s best to be super clear, either ‘I’m stuck and I would love your ideas!’ or ‘This is a total fail and nothing you suggest can change that for me!’

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences! It’s good to be honest with yourself when you know the style isn’t going to work on you. I tend to think of it as a challenge – I can make this work! – when really, it’s better to stop. If I were really close, say a hem or button away from finishing then I might continue too.
      It’s interesting that you don’t post wadders because you don’t want ideas on fixing it. It makes sense though I bet people enjoy the challenge of thinking up how to save the project! Maybe I’ll be clear when I do, saying ‘how would you fix this?’ if I want ideas, or ‘it’s already in the bin, so no help needed!’
      I thought I’d share this one since it was part of a project list, and it made for an interesting story, and otherwise people would ask ‘where is that white shirt you were going to make?’ and I’d tell the story over and over. And because it’s encouraging to see people fail, in a way. We all screw up, we all feel pressure to complete what we’ve started, we all have to decide when to call it a wash. There’s no magic turning point in our sewing lives where you never make a mistake again!

  3. claudia July 31, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Two left fronts… glad to hear it happens to the best!
    (totally could have been me)

    I recently read something about the “crappy stage”, can’t remember where. It’s like, there’s a crappy stage in every craft project, but once you get past it, things usually turn out at least ok. So when I’m working on a project and it’s not just smooth sailing, I tell myself “This is the crappy stage! It will pass!”, and usually it does!

    Sometimes though, things are just too messed up, or I really don’t feel the love anymore. Then it’s better to just move on, IMO. I don’t have enough spare time to work on stuff I’m not excited about.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Ha, yup! Could have been anyone. Could have been fixed, if I wanted to unpick, but I didn’t want to!

      I completely agree about the ‘crappy stage.’ There’s always a point mid-project where the whole thing seems doomed and like it will never turn into something good. I felt that with the quilt project – – and not until it was quilted did it start to seem good again. The longer the project, the longer the crappy stage lasts I bet! It’s good to recognize when the project is just in the in-between stage, and when it’s really not going to work out.

  4. Ofer July 31, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    It is always a hard decision: when to quit, when to fix it, when to leave it unperfect…I am not only a beginner but also an impatient one. I am target oriented not details oriented. So I try to fix my impatience through sewing: not to quit, to fix it when it is wrong, to make all the pockets right, finish the edges, things like that. I also try to continue just for the learning experience. BUT. I did quit on a super boring project, making 10 fleece hats for 10 fellow campers. What was I thinking?? and I have some unbaked Thurlows that I declared as unwearable and unsuitable for any more adjustments (but I look at the Thurlow as a mega-project, so I’m not done with it. I just documented all of the failures before they turn into shopping bags!). I also declared some unperfect projects “wearable for now” till I have to clear my closet.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Making ten of anything, even a small project, is a lot to take on! I’d get bored. :) That was really nice of you to offer, though!

      I’m also impatient and I’ve found it helps to alternate big projects with small ones, or put something aside when I’m not feeling it. Rushing or sewing when distracted is the best way for me to make an error – like cutting this skirt shorter than I intended! ( Thinking og sewing as a learning experience is a good way to do it. You always learn, even if you don’t end up with a finished project you love.

      Also – I had to laugh when I read your post mentioning Sewaholic and how you thought it was a stupid name at first. Too funny :)

  5. Nina July 31, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    I completely messed up my first Granville shirt, and although I realised this pretty early on I persevered up until the point it simply wouldn’t do up…! At that point I remembered that I’d only paid £5 for the fabric, and had learnt all sorts of new shirtmaking skills along the way. I abandoned the first effort, did my first ever FBA on a pattern and made a brand spanking new version which – all thanks to the initial bodge job – worked up super fast and is just gorgeous!

    The other thing that sometimes keeps me going is the knowledge that even if it won’t fit or suit me, it could make a fabulous gift for someone else… With a teensy bit of reworking, my first Granville is now headed for my little sister!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      That’s awesome that you have a sister to pass things along to! Lucky for her! I find that I really enjoy making the same pattern more than once, because the second version is better. I am more familiar with the construction, I get a second chance to make changes and adjustments, and I can sew it faster, too.

  6. JamieDSC July 31, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    I was going to say, when it stops being fun. But there’s parts of every project that I don’t find fun. (Buttons, hemming…)

    I think I chuck something when I know I’ll never wear it even if I do my best to fix whatever I don’t like about it. That’s also a tricky thing to decide though because when you’re starting out there’s a phase in every project where you’re sure it will look like crap until you finish it and suddenly it doesn’t. I think you just need experience to foresee where things are headed. When in doubt, keep trucking. At least you’ll get a learning experience out of it – I’ve learned the most when things go wrong.

    • Jeri July 31, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      I find that funny as to me hemming the is most fun part! I usually hem by hand and since that is the last thing I do, I know I’m almost ready to wear the finished garment.

      • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:10 am #

        I do enjoy sewing on buttons by hand, for that same reason! We’re nearly done!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      That’s a good reason to chuck a project – if you’ll never wear it! I agree with what Claudia said, that every project has a ‘crappy stage’ and if you push through it all works out. I also learn the most when things go wrong, and I also remember those lessons more than when everything goes right!

  7. MadeByMeg July 31, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    Ahhhh I did this just the other night! Not enough fabric and cut two of the same fronts. Luckily though it was a shirt for my dog, so I found a way to cut another front and piece some of the other pieces. She didn’t mind!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Oh no! Isn’t that the worst? Glad it worked out for your dog’s shirt – I imagine it’s easier to improvise a solution when you’re sewing for your dog, versus sewing for yourself? :)

  8. irene July 31, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    I’ll quit when I decide I don’t like the fabric after all or when I see it just isn’t going to be flattering, like I imagined or doesn’t fit right.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      Makes sense to me!

  9. Michelle July 31, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Oh, Tasia, I did the same thing this week, except mine was a beloved fabric that had been a gift. I cut two sides out the same. I put it away, didn’t sew anything for the rest of the day. The next day I decided there was still enough fabric for me to do something else, just not my original project. I understand.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      Oh no! That’s so much worse than mine, I was already starting to be over the fabric and project. Good idea to put it aside and out of mind for a little while. I’m glad you found a solution to save the fabric!

  10. Carley July 31, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    Hi Tasia!

    Thank you so much for sharing that! It is heartening to hear that even seasoned sewers make mistakes!

    I would have thrown in the towel too!

    I had some students use some shirting from our local fabric store that I swear was woven with metal! You could hardly get a pin into it! It was dreadful!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Of course! We all make mistakes. I think that’s part of the sewing experience, learning and testing and experimenting. If every project turns out exactly as you hoped, you’re either brilliant, or choosing very similar projects and fabrics.

  11. Maria July 31, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Yes, sadly it happens to all of us. However, something you said about ” …a crisp white collar popping out…” made me think you could turn this into a *dickey* (am I dating myself?)- those little collar and shirt front pieces that can get tucked under a sweater. Lower cut ones are known as modesty panels, but the dickey is more decorative. Just a thought if you’d rather not dump the whole thing. It would still look like the shirt from the chest up.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      I know what a dickey is, it’s not a common clothing item anymore but I remember having turtleneck versions as a kid, I think. (Or I’m making that up.. but I swear we had them! I was very confused the first time I saw one.) I don’t think it’s something I would wear, since I like the option of layering and then de-layering. But it would work as a solution, for sure!

  12. Sandra July 31, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I love your posts. I thought that I was the only one that cut/sewed wrong. Great tip on handling fabric and checking the wrinkle factor, I forget to do that when I buy fabric at a brick & mortar shop. I do tend to purchase most of my fabric on line so it’s a little surprise when I get it. I enjoy that too.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Oh no, I think we all make mistakes. Part of the creative process! Yes, if you are particular about wrinkles, scrunch up a corner of the fabric in your hand, and see what happens. We used to do this when buying fabric, when I worked in the apparel industry. (We also used to try and snag our nails in it to see if it was delicate, because it’s good to know that before buying hundreds of metres!) It doesn’t mean the fabric is no good, but it will mean more ironing! Buying online is always a bit of a gamble so I like to keep my options open. I’ll plan to use a specific pattern, but I’m also prepared to change plans if the fabric arrives and it’s thicker, or stiffer, or sheer.

  13. Krista July 31, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Oh Tasia, I’m sorry to hear about the failed blouse. Your post reminds me of a quote from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (knitting master). It goes something like this, “Experienced knitters don’t make fewer mistakes, they just make bigger ones faster.” Seems to be true for sewing as well.

    My litmus test for bad projects is to ask myself, “Will I wear the finished item?”. If the answer is no, then I stop immediately. No point in continuing to waste time and materials on it.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      That’s pretty much it! Making mistakes faster, rather than none at all. I like the logic and honesty of your test. Will I wear it? Easy yes-no answer.

  14. Hannah July 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    It is hard to know when to give up on a project, I hate waste so it’s never easy, but I must admit I have a whole load of unfinished projects that I keep thinking I may come back to some day. I do sometimes come back to them and actually get them finished when I have some more time or energy, just sometimes if something goes wrong I have to put it down for a while before I can face sorting it out or trying to figure what is actually wrong with it. But there are sometimes projects that never get finished, whether it is something I don’t like about the fabric, not enough fabric or just something that went wrong that can’t be repaired.

    I think we all have these projects, but it’s all part of the learning process. I try and look at it that I must have learned something from each of these. At least I hope so.


    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:18 am #

      I agree! It is part of the learning process. Even if what you learned is ‘I shouldn’t wear pleated skirts’ or ‘I don’t actually like hot pink on me’ or ‘I don’t enjoy sewing chiffon’ – these are still valuable lessons to learn.

  15. Sewer July 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Is seven muslins enough?

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:19 am #

      I would have quit after three! Unless I loved it and felt I was getting progressively closer to my goal.

  16. Lesley July 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    I’m hearing you. I just cut out 3 untested tops. #1 was ok, nothing special. #2 I’d cut 2 fronts instead of cutting them on the fold but my fix made the garment 10 times better! #3 I hated working with the fabric, I changed the shoulder gathers and had to cut another top half of the front and after lots of top stitching – I notice the worse a project is going the more I topstitch (!), it looks pretty awful on me. But the way I see it, if I ‘finish’ at least it can be donated! 2/3 ‘aint bad??

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      2 out of 3 is pretty good! :) I know what you mean about topstitching to fix a project. In my experience it’s usually relating to pressing – if the fabric doesn’t press well I use topstitching to flatten it out.

  17. Stephanie July 31, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    This is a such a refreshing post! If I blogged all of my missteps and false starts I’d have quite a lot more posts behind me than I do (^_^). But I like to think of these types of projects as somehow fuel for the better outcomes to follow (like the writers who say that the only way to get that one great page of writing is to sit down to write every day, even if it means writing ten crummy pages before they produce that good one). And at the same time, yes, absolutely, you have to know when to cut your losses and for me that probably means two strikes (strikes being mistakes by me, including fabric choice).

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 10:24 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it! It’s fun to read about other people’s sewing fails isn’t it? I like the link to writing, how you have to write and write to get to the good stuff. If you think about it, the more you write, the better you are able to express yourself. I find when I’m writing and blogging regularly, I consider my word choice more carefully when speaking as well. It’s likely the same with sewing! Now that failed shirt is fresh in my mind, so I’ll be thinking carefully about fabric choice as well as not sewing two of the same front for the next time. If six months passed before I made another shirt, these lessons wouldn’t be as fresh and easy to remember.

  18. SplintersNStitches July 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    You win some and lose some, unfortunately! It does make me feel better to know that even someone with your level of talent makes poor fabric choices though–especially when I’ve been riding the fail train hard! And isn’t it funny how sometimes on projects that are going particularly poorly you have this one big thing that finally makes it possible to throw it away? It’s usually such a relief (in a way) when it does, too!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      It is such a relief! And then you know, when you’re feeling only relief when you stop then it was the right move to make. I’d imagine everyone makes poor fabric choices, no matter your level of experience. Sometimes it’s not a good match of fabric and pattern, sometimes it’s fabric that behaves strangely, or was fine before washing and no good after one wash. Glad it’s reassuring to know we all make mistakes!

  19. David Page Coffin July 31, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    It’s all about categorizing, in my world at least. First, EVERYthing’s a test, so that’s settled:)

    Next, you ALWAYS need more sample-making fabric, so that’s the blessing of tests that don’t turn into wearables; excellent! Do NOT throw that thing away; cut away the problem and put the rest in the sample-fabric bag. Unless you really HATE it and never want to see it again. But before trashing it, remember…

    … that, third, every challenge/mistake/disaster/struggle is a teaching opportunity—the true value of having a blog!—even more-so than successes, which we all know are as much grace as skill, and happily-ever-after is the END of something else to say. Solve/explore the problem with new samples, break out the camera: New post, maybe even a series; cool:)

    • Cherie August 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

      David, so wise! I’m back to sewing after a 15-year hiatus, and need to remind myself of your words of wisdom!


    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      A great outlook! Everything’s a test, that failed project makes excellent scrap fabric, and every challenge is a learning opportunity. You’re right, a blog is a great platform to discuss mistakes and challenges, show a second attempt, work through the mistakes. It’s all part of the story.

  20. Mary Lynn July 31, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    I’m so sorry it didn’t work out, but I have to say, knowing you “sewing stars” have wadders
    – real honest to goodness messes – is the most encouraging thing I’ve read about sewing since I started reading blogs! Everyone tells how they work out this and that problem and voila!
    it all goes together perfectly in the end. I’ve yet to wear anything I’ve made out of the house more than one time. After that, I see all the flaws,etc. and feel like “loving hands at home” and put it with the rest of the pile. Thank you for writing about yours. There’s hope!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      I am so glad to read that! I’m happy that you found this post encouraging – we do all have mistakes and results that are less than amazing. Not everyone blogs about them, I’m sure! I think we also like to tell a positive story, more than a negative one. Also, it’s not as much fun to photograph your finished work if it’s not attractive. Or if you feel hideous in it, who wants to post *those* photos on the internet? So I can see why there are more happy stories in sewing blog world.

      For what it’s worth, you are going to notice your garment flaws more than anyone else in the world! I have to stop myself from pointing out flaws when someone says ‘nice dress.’ My instinct is to say ‘Yeah, but look, it’s a little too poofy here and wouldn’t it look better like this?’ No one sees that but me! So it may be the same for you. And if you really don’t love what you’ve made, then chalk it up to a learning experience and keep going!

  21. Deb B July 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    If it takes more than 5 minutes of thinking how to fix it, it gets scrunched up, sworn at, and thrown against the wall. Inevitably, I go back to it and try again – thats the impatient perfectionist coming out. If it can’t be worked out (in 5 minutes or less), or cut up and quilted, it gets stuck inside a huge cushion as stuffing, for the dogbed. At least it serves a purpose then. :)

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Ha! I used to keep my sewing projects and fabric in a chest of drawers, and I always had a few wadders literally wadded up in the back of the drawer. Coming back to projects later – that’s a good idea! Sometimes the solution comes to you later on, while doing something unrelated. And if all else fails, cutting it up into a quilt sounds like a good way to make the best of the situation.

  22. Stephanie August 1, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just threw the towel in on a wadder a few days ago as well, and coincidentally, also a sleeveless white blouse. It was a combination of bad fabric that kept puckering, a pattern without enough shaping, and I sewed the collar wrong like 3 or 4 times. I thought about persevering through the collar, but I hated how it looked when I tried it on. So as frustrating as I’m sure this was for you, just know that you’ve at least given me hope that it happens to everybody.

    Also, have you ever noticed that wadders snowball? I think it’s because you know it’s not going well so you get more and more careless and it just gets worse. That’s what tends to happen to me anyways and that’s why I think it’s better sometimes to just call it quits.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      Another white sleeveless blouse project! It’s the project of the summer. :) Yup, this sort of thing happens to everyone. They do snowball! It’s like the universe is trying to tell us something when that happens. It’s just not meant to be. Or we should have stopped at the first roadblock and changed plans – not enough fabric, hmm, maybe it should be something else? and when you layer one compromise after another, it’s not likely to work out well.

  23. Barbara August 3, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Boy, can I ever identify with this – I have quit several times. I am not that wild about the material or the pattern and it is just not going together the way it should or the way I want it to and it is just not right. Something is off. Time to quit and move on! The frustration and discontent are not worth it.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      I agree – sewing is supposed to be enjoyable! Sometimes it’s hard to figure out exactly what is off, but we know it’s just not working out as we hoped.

  24. Gayle August 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    I use to hide my mistake garments and at some point stuff them in the trash. I always said I will use them for quilts. But, even with quilts, I want new ‘fun’ fabrics to start the project, I felt I was already jinxing myself with mistake fabric. Now I realized someone may fit into the garment and I try to finish it and give it to our local Goodwill donations. I’m not sure you could fix your mistake or not.
    Move on and start fresh. Happy sewing!

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      Good point about finishing projects and donating them. At least it’s going somewhere where someone else may find it and love it!

  25. Janet August 9, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    I really enjoyed reading this post,Tasia, and all the comments. I’m a newbie at this and I’ m encouraged to hear that experienced sewers make simple mistakes too. I’ m working on a Moss skirt currently and it turned into a comedy of errors – I have cut out, and sewed, the back panels & yoke three times! I had to go back to the fabric shop & buy another half a metre of the fabric to accomplish the third go. Then I couldn’t get the zip to sit right & I’ve unpicked it so many times I lost count. Eventually I ditched the instructions & sewed it in by hand, which looks fine. Phew! I’m so hoping that I’m on the home stretch now, and that I love this skirt when it’s finished! I haven’t given up on a project yet, but having read these posts I’ll give myself permission to do so if I really don’t think I’m going to wear the end result.

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      Everyone makes mistakes, everyone! Someone in the comments mentioned that experienced knitters or sewers still make mistakes, they just make them faster! (And likely are better at identifying what went wrong.) It sounds like you’re learning a lot on your Moss skirt project and if you finally get the result you like in the end, just think of how much easier the second time around will be! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  26. Randi November 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    I know this is late, but had to put in my opinion. I’ve been sewing most of my life, for over 50 years, but went through lots of “away from sewing” periods. I’ve discovered a new enthusiasm and found, like several commented above, that although there’s a “crap” period in most projects during which you feel like it will never turn out, if I stick with it, it usually turns out well. However, there are those projects, like the neon fleece vest I started last year out of my stash and was way too big, had weird lumps and just didn’t seem like it was worth finishing, as I also ran out of fabric. I ended up using it to line an adopted-cat’s bed box, which seems a good upcycle!


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