6/14/07

Lessons Learned

Must say I'm very proud of my first sewn pants.... just happy, happy... and then urrrrgh!!! I failed to do what is traditional in sewing... wash fabric before doing anything else. I normally wash my fabrics before starting a project... well, in my haste to get going on the pants project, I went ahead and pinned, cut and sewed. I tried the pants on, took them off, tried them on... took them off and made the necessary modifications like sba (small butt adjustment...lol) and presto... they fit... I was in Heaven, when I say Heaven... I mean purly gates and all... the pants fit perfect, ... I did it!!! Well the only thing left to do was wash... well wash I did and lo and behold... instead of long pants I have peddle pushers. Ain't that a b*tch!!!, but you know what... I learned a valuable lesson as well as a few others....


(1) Wash fabric
(2) Label my fabric pieces;
(3) Baste Stitch;
(4) Be sure to sew the inner leg seam with the longer front edge first;
(5) Select the right zipper weight to match the fabric;
(6) Bias Tape is like diamonds.... a woman's best friend;
(7) Fine tune technique for eliminating smiles/frowns at the crotch;
(8) Adding interfacing to my pants hem provides a better hang because of the extra weight; and
(9) Know your fabric.

15 comments:

Christie said...

OH bummer! My sister is sewing a dress that is on the bias and has been dealing with the grief that the fabric stretching is giving her.

Adrienne said...

*gasp*

Mary said...

That stinks! But, you're right. It's a lesson learned and now you have the knowledge, skill and power to make another fabulous pair!

Mary said...

I'm sorry! That stinks! But, you're right, lesson learned. And now you have the Knowledge, Skills and Power to make another Fabulous pair of pants! (smile)

Mary said...

That is a bummer! But you're right, lesson learned. And now you have the Knowledge, Skills and Power to make another Fabulous pair of pants! (smile)

Valerie said...

Aww I am sorry!

Madelyn said...

Oh no!

Judy said...

Aloha, Shiela, I am in love with Oahu! Can you believe 8 days went fast? We had a blast, and I can't wait to come back!

del said...

Oh no! But it's good that you learned something for next time.

Cas... said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I am sorry to hear your pants saga. That's a bummer. But you live and learn. I love your picture of the halter top. It's too cute!

gold said...

I hate that happen to you.I do the same thing in a rush to get a project started.Yes we all live and learn.

Have a great weekend!!

PAJNSTL said...

See.. I've learned alot today!
And the pants still look great :)

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Sheila - I am sorry about your pants but you have learned some great lessons! I can't wait to see your next project.

christina said...

I did something similar recently. I prewashed my fabric and I let it line dry. Then I used it to make a top, wore it, washed it, put it in the dryer - oops! Now it's short. I'm thinking of adding a ruffle or something to lengthen it. Lesson learned!

April said...

Oh NO! Lesson learned yes, but why can't lessons be easier to learn?

Peddle pushers can be cute, no?