Unfortunately we all have them… I think that’s what prevents people from becoming avid sewers – one bad experience to sour what could be a wonderful hobby (or more!). I’m definitely still a novice, although perhaps “intermediate beginner” might be a better term. I can follow a pattern, sew many types of fabric, and even am getting the hang at putting in a zipper (!!!), and most of the time I can actually wear the garments I create (ha ha ha). That being said, I don’t believe the majority of us are above The Sewing Fail.
My latest Fail (yes, it gets a capital F) was when I tried to create my own version of American Apparel’s Le Sac dress. It looked like, well, a sack. (Please excuse the bad hair and lack of makeup – it was early morning but the light was nice). I had all sorts of visions of a stylish dress that could be worn in oh so many different ways – perfect for when I go on backpacking trips for weeks/months at a time. However, reality doesn’t always equal your plans… This was the first thing I ever sewed out of jersey fabric, so I didn’t realize that I should use a stretch stitch on my machine. Also, the fit was waaaaay too big and super un-flattering. Luckily I was able to salvage the fabric out of it to make a romper (more about that later).
Hopefully you all have more sewing Wins than Fails!