Hi! I’m Rachel and I have a recently-rediscovered passion for sewing.
Fresh from setting my sewing goals for the remainder of 2014 I would like to introduce you to the first tick on my list with the completion of my first knitted make Colette’s brand new pattern Myrtle – well the top half of it at least.
My journey with Myrtle hasn’t been the easiest of my dressmaking career. To tell you the truth we just lacked chemistry, we were like one of those couples leaning in to kiss but forever bumping noses. I also cannot say I was without my suspicions from the start. I’m an English graduate and pay great attention to my literary characters; all of my literary Myrtles, Gatsby’s Myrtle Wilson and even Harry Potter’s Moaning Mrytle, were all very tragic ladies.
Despite all this initial doom and gloom I’m channelling the tenth and most important tip from Coletterie’s 10 things I wish I’d known when I started sewing post – Mistakes are Good. I couldn’t agree more and hey, Mrytle and I worked it out. She isn’t the dress she started her life as but Mrytle top and I are getting by quite happily.
The weight of initial fabric is where our problems first started, the cream and grey jersey was just too thin for a beginner knit pattern user. The fabric just couldn’t withstand any unpicking from my trusty stitch ripper and small holes kept appearing at my unpicked seams. At first, I tried to patch the holes but to no avail, my cream coloured jersey had to be abandoned for the top half at least.
I pressed on with the intention of making a two-tone Mrytle with a coffee coloured top and the construction went rather well all in all. Barring a blip with my back right arm hole, my twin needle efforts went rather swimmingly.
The coffee and cream appeared to be a good combination, that was until it came to inserting the elasticated waistband. Once inserted the elastic waistband seemed to pull the waist higher than intended, the elastic bulged outwards from the dress and made a thick ring around the join.
I just couldn’t work out why this had happened. A quick google later and it appears I’m not alone in this one as Jeanette from the Lazy Seamstress posted about a similar experience here.
Jeanette tackled her waistband by inserting a thinner elastic, the pattern calls for a thickness of one inch. I considered following this route myself until my boyfriend mentioned that he really liked the top half. I looked again and thought a Myrtle top might not be such a bad idea.
You know what, I might be right!
Mrytle and I may not have had the smoothest of relationships but I have to say she has been one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on to date. I wholeheartedly believe that overcoming and working through those challenges will make me a much better seamstress.
That’s all for me today but I’d love to hear about your sewing challenges. Do you agree with Coletterie’s Sarai – are mistakes good?