Frustration… and the cure for it.
Posted by mousewrites on September 21, 2004
In the spirit of bad news first, good news last, I present you with the Story Of Shorts.
In my sewing class last night I began making my shorts. I took the pattern out, and, after measuring myself around and front to back (from what my teacher calls the ‘sweet spot’ between your legs. Yes, I find that disturbing, if only because she’s a conservative, dress wearing home ecc teacher.) I determined that I needed my shorts a bit larger than the pattern. So I traced out the pattern on butcher paper*, and made it an inch bigger all the way around.
*did you know you can draw on top of that pattern-piece-onionskin paper with a permanent marker and it will go through to the butcher paper? On the upside, it is easier than trying to see the lines with the butcher paper on top…
It seemed really big. Like… Butt that ate Manhattan big. Like Buttzilla big. But (hee hee hee) I decided that the pattern itself looked big, even for the smaller sizes. So I lay out my fabric, and cut the pattern. So far, so good.
Teacher shows me how to match one front and one back, and sew up the leg. I do so, using the serger (love love love sergers! I’ve got to figure out how to use mine!).
Then I take it to the teacher for help with the next step. Because I’m using a McCall’s pattern, the illustration doesn’t show all the steps, and the text was confusing.
So the teacher shows me how to pin the two sides together, and tells me to sew the center seem. I baste it together, and then serge it up.
At some point, I start to think something is wrong, but I figure the teacher knows what she’s talking about. So I sewed the red line to the purple line (below).
So, that’s basted and sewn, and I’m thinking that I’ve done something horribly wrong. I take it to the teacher, and she laughs and says yes, you’ve sewn it wrong.
Grumble grumble grumble. I did what she told me to… So I sit and rip, rip rip out serger stitching. Teach said she’d show me the ‘easy way’ to do it, but then didn’t. That’s ok; I figured it out myself, and was ‘unzipping’ the surger stitch after trying for more than 15 minutes. So, after more than 45 minutes, I get it back to four pieces.
I plunk the pattern down on the cutting table, lay my pieces out, and look hard at it. I believe I did step one correctly. I’m not sure what else I could DO in step two. I have this horrible feeling that I had done it correctly, and she made me rip it out because she didn’t realize that. I left class with nothing but my pattern cut out after 4 hours of sewing class. I am very, very frustrated.
Any seamstress/seamstress out there? What did I do wrong? Should I sew the red line to the purple? Or what? The directions aren’t helping me here, and neither is my teacher.
After stomping home (ok, I drove, but I was driving petulantly), I found my secret Pal had sent me a package!
2 skeins of Regina sock yarn, in a super cool black with color pops, a sock booklet, a knit booklet, and CANDY. Oh sweet baby Jesus, candy. Secret pal, you have no idea how welcome those mini mars bars were! Chocolate is the perfect panacea… Thank you!! You saved my night.