Friday, June 4, 2010

Sewing Fails...

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!


  1. Hey! I just bought the le-sac dress and felt like an idiot for doing so... but I love it so much. It's so versatile! To make up for it, I'm going to sew one myself too. I was thinking of making it out of cotton with that bandanna print.

    Next time I see you, there is a distinct possibility I will be able to share a le-sac fail story :P Hopefully not... but quite possibly yes.

  2. Oooooh that sounds like it will be nice! Yeah the only problem was that I made it way too big for myself. If it fit properly (and I used a stretch stitch) I bet I would've loved it. Maybe I will try again in the future.

    ps: I didn't know you sewed! How exciting!

  3. I just stumbled across your blog and was excited to see that someone else attempted the sac dress as well! I know this is an old post, but if you are still interested in it I found a GREAT video a while back...

    and I made a couple of le sac shirts that were kind of fun. A think jersey is definitely the best choice to make this dress flattering (I also gave in and ended up buying one from AA when they were half off!).