Sometimes a pattern has so many things going wrong that in the end it’s no surprise it doesn’t work out. But in the interest of learning, I feel the need to blog about this fail as well 🙂
When I discovered the Grainline – Moss Mini skirt I just knew I had to make it. It was perfect. I had visions of me walking around in tons of them. I had fabrics picked out. Drew some sketches about what I wanted it to look like, so I was all set.
I taped the PDF pattern together and traced the pieces. Somehow I lost my courage there and then. There were just so many pieces. I managed to pin the pieces to my fabric and it stayed that way for a few weeks. Initially I wanted to make a muslin out of it, never having done a fly front and all.
But I think everything went haywire right from the start.
- I didn’t mark the notches when tracing the pattern pieces.
- I needed to cut 2 sizes as my waist and hip wasn’t the same size, but I didn’t know how to grade it down so I decided against grading it down and picked the larger size.
- I gave up on the muslin and opted for a wearable muslin, so I took a piece of fabric that I had in my stash and initially wanted to use for something else. It was a dark blue stretch cotton, with the flowers only on one selvage side. The flowers followed the grainline, which meant that if I wanted to use them at the bottom of my skirt, the stretch wouldn’t go around my body but up and down. I didn’t think this would be too bad, as the pattern didn’t ask for a stretch fabric.
- I made a mistake when cutting out the front of the skirt. Somehow I mislaid my fabric pieces so I ended up with to identical pieces instead of two mirrored pieces. I had to cut both front panels in half so I could flip the flowers with the right side out. At this stage it was pretty clear this was turning into a disaster.
- The right top pictures shows that the pockets and the side seams didn’t meet up at all.
- I was pretty happy with the fly front though (as it was my first)
- But somehow the waistband ended up being 7 cm short (almost 3 inches). I tried turning it upside down, but that didn’t make any difference.
- I decided to take in the side seams as it was supposed to be too wide at the waist anyway. I took it in enough to make the waistband fit.
- Sewing on the waistband wasn’t that hard but in the end it didn’t match up at all were it was supposed to match up.
- I tried it on eventually and …
This was the result (left: sketch, right: result)
- I managed to squeeze into it and even close the zipper without to much effort.
- The waistband is gaping but it won’t go any lower as I took in the side seams and it kind of gets stuck on my hips.
- Because it sits too high now, the skirt is just too short to be decent.
- It’s fair to say that this isn’t even a wearable muslin.
Did all this fail influence my opinion on the pattern?
Not at all actually. It made me want to kick myself because I think a large part of all this fail was just my fault. It was the result of a lot of bad choices.
I’m going to restart this skirt from scratch (including tracing the pattern pieces) because I want to know where it all went wrong as other people don’t seem to have the same problems (apart from the waistband being to short).
I still love the print on the fabric so I might just go and get me some more.
I learned a lot doing this so in the end it wasn’t all a waste of time.
But any suggestions to make this go easier the next time would be helpful though 🙂