Jan 16, 2013

Woe is Me: UFO Coming In For A Landing

In sewing, as in life, there's nothing I hate more than backtracking. (I'd rather get off the bus one stop early to avoid overshooting a destination, and if you ask me to repeat myself, I think hard about whether what I said was in fact worth saying twice before complying).

And unpicking stitches is enough to make me abandon a project all together.

With that, I have to say: Really, Burda? REALLY?

Botched Burda 141 Top For Girls

Alright, the blame should really be on me. 

And the thought of unpicking an entire project is not enough to elicit a little sympathy this rainy Wednesday, take a look at my kitchen. I have less counter space now than I did at age 20 when I lived in a camper trailer:

Please note: no dishwasher

Pity party over. Check out the LBD I've been sewing from McCall's 6319. No mistakes, no backtracking (too bad I had to use a flash for the pics though; it's dark in NYC today!)

I used the black ponte knit that Gingermakes so generously gave to me. I love it. Sometimes something easy to sew is just as easy to wear. I'm still deciding on a hemline. I keep trying it on with different shoes, which each demand a different length. With heels: longer. Flats: short, obviously, am I right?

love the zip!

How about you people? Screwed anything up lately? Feeling down in the dumps thanks to mid-winter weather and incomplete pattern instructions?


  1. Sing the blues, sister! I had an epic screw up yesterday: http://fivemuses.blogspot.com/2013/01/one-errant-snip.html

    But your LBD is fantastic!

    1. Ack! Saw your post. I've also cut into something in error. Also: damaged something beyond repair when it got caught up under serger knife!

  2. Love the shoulder zip on your dress. I hate unpicking, especially on stretchy fabric. I've two winter ufo's left languishing right now. I thought making a cape for winter would be a great idea, but it'll be the next winter by the time I finish it!

    1. Yes! Stretchy fabric is the worst. This thing is going to be holly as heck when Im done unpicking. Ugh!

  3. bummer about the kid burda top! i generally don't bother looking at their directions, they never make much sense. the LBD is looking great though!

    1. yeah, I should trust myself more when using one of their patterns. Thanks!

  4. Let's take a moment for your kitchen. Egads! That is tiny!!!!
    Now to your LBD- that is rad! Loving the zips- super cool :D

    1. Yes, thank you! On the bright side: I can stir a pot and wash dishes at the same time...

  5. I think I must be completely crazy but I actually love to unpick. I do it while watching TV and I just find the whole thing really relaxing or something. ha so SEND ME ALL YOUR UNFINISHED PROJECTS. ;)
    But can we please talk about that freaking PERFECT insertion of your zipper on that dress? Seriously very well done, what a fun little detail too!

    1. yes, you ARE crazy (and can I please have your address?).

  6. Ahh, I love the dress! The zipper detail is so hip! Love it! But blech, I hear you re: unpicking. It's especially tedious to unpick knits. Yuck!

    But dude, your house is so clean! I'm impressed! Don't hate me, but our new space has a dishwasher and more counter space... totally worth downsizing our bedroom. And bathroom. And living room. Oh, and going down to half-sized closets. Still, totally worth it.

    1. Well obviously I'd only take pics in the five seconds that immediately follow cleaning! Oh scratch that. I have a sink full of dirty dishes. Also, you put an apple on that counter and boom: no more counter space. Our last apartment had a huge kitchen, and a dishwasher. This one has a master bedroom so big we could subdivide and rent it out. (Maybe I could run a couple hoses in here stick a dishwasher near the laundry bin?)

  7. Oh lordy, I've been sewing my first ever men's shirt (men's anything if I'm honest) for my hubby's birthday Sunday. Can I just say, not gonna be done? Unpick - what about unpicking button holes? Ick! And as for your kitchen - but you get to live in New York! My dream of dreams is to visit one day, but the other side of the world is so far away... :)

  8. Hi, new follower:) I love your LBD, the zip detail is so cute :)


  9. Hi, Suzanne!! It was great meeting you today and seeing your awesome dress in person!!

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