Wrong and ugly…

I’ve been a bit frustrated for the past few days, somewhere some things are going wrong!
My grandma gave me this really nice polkadot fabric for my sewing projects, during my vacation in the Netherlands. She’s making a dress for herself from the same fabric but in a darker shade, so I really wanted to use mine for a nice dress as well. I was afraid I’d ruin the fabric, so it took me a bit of courage to get started, but when I found an easy pattern for a strapless summerdress (much needed in Texas!), I decided to go ahead.

I carefully drew all pattern pieces on tracing paper and selected 3 (!) sizes up my own size, just to be sure I would have enough fabric and seam allowance. I cut all pieces and was pleased there was enough fabric to complete the dress with. That was about 2 weeks ago.

I left the cut pieces laying around for a bit, because I wanted to practice some other projects first. Then, on Friday I decided to go ahead. I wrapped the centerpiece around myself, only to find out that…it didn’t fit at all! I forgot to do the easy thinking: checking my measurements with the suggested size in the pattern. ARRGHH #!(@*@!&*! *boinks head against wall* The centerpiece is 34″ (86cm) wide, but I’m at least 36″ (92cm) wide. Not exactly true to size these patterns from Knipmode (Dutch sewing mag)! After all I’m size 8-10 (Knipmode suggested I should cut the fabric 30″ (76cm), and selected size 14-16, which turned out too small.

Luckily the pieces are still quite big, so I’m pretty sure I can make something else of it, but what a shame of such lovely fabric :(. Lesson learnt for sure!


Then I decided to make a plush toy, which I found in another Dutch magazine, but I guess Dutch magazines like fooling their readers, by using a cuter pattern for the monkey pictured in the mag. I cut all pattern pieces with great care -for some reason I was convinced the monkey had to be made of purple fabric-, checked the sizes of the pieces continuously with the pattern,  sewed them together and the result is a skinny ugly looking monkey. I’m pretty sure the monkey in the mag is purposefully made a bit more healthy looking. After sewing and turning the first pieces around I knew the monkey wasn’t becoming exactly what I had thought, but wanting to finish it, I sped up the process and by the minute it was becoming more and more ugly looking. What a tragic story!

Something is definitely wrong with the shape of his head, his nose (still same size as the pattern indicates!) and his eyes aren’t too pretty either ;) (that is my mistake). Maarten and I just went to JoAnn to get some basic sewing items I needed and came across a funky looking cowboy head. We figured monkey couldn’t get any more ugly, bought it and I named him Cowboy Jake.

I’m not sure how or when I’m going to finish him, I think Cowboy Jake will undergo extensive fabric surgery before being fully born. An eye transplant (safety eyes instead?) and facelift might help a bit!

To be continued…

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2 comments
  1. lisa says: August 23, 201112:55 am

    That sounds very frustrating. I can sympathize, though. I just ripped out an entire sweater because it was too big! I even washed and dried a swatch and measured carefully. Oh well.

    Your owl is adorable.

    • nienke says: August 23, 20111:27 am

      that sounds even more frustrating, ripping out a completed sweater! I somehow don’t like doing things twice, especially if it’s unnecessary. How long did it take you to get the sweater done, before you saw it was too big?

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