Sewing Reality – It doesn’t always work out
August 20, 2019
by Sylvia

Have you ever been in the middle of a project and realize that it is just not going to work out? That’s how I felt when I was working on my most recent project for the Fabricville blog. I was still on a high from the floral cotton sateen skirt I had made and was excited to work with the striped version. However, it did not go as planned at all. The fit of the top was totally off so I consulted my fellow Instagram sewers to help me figure out what to do next but even after endless conversations with multiple sewers, I decided to face reality and sadly consider it a failed project.

Fabric and pattern chosen

My plan was to use this gorgeous striped stretch sateen to make McCalls 7542 which is a semi fitting top and add my own twist to it. It is a project that should have been pretty simple but sometimes it is the simplest things that surprise us. Personally, I think I did not choose the right pattern to match with the fabric which is why it caused so much pain.

As you can tell from the photos, I had draglines everywhere. The neckline was pretty high which is an easy fix but I struggled to fall in love with it so I decided to start all over. I moved the bust darts to the shoulder and added another bust dart around the waist and lengthened it a little (my plan was to add a color block fabric to the bottom which is why it is so short in the photo). It fixed the issues in the waist area but at the end of the day, I decided to accept defeat and let this project be. I simply wasn’t happy with the pattern choice with this fabric.

On a positive note…

To end this blog on a positive note, here are some of my past Fabricville projects that worked out great!


McCalls 7429 twist dress using a gorgeous winter jersey from Fabricville


McCalls 7472 tunic using cotton gauze from Fabricville

McCalls 7725 ruffles skirt using floral cotton sateen from Fabricville

Burda 7463 blazer using a beautiful houndstooth fabric from Fabricville

Here is to hoping my next project is a success like these past ones. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.

Happy Sewing!




5 thoughts on “Sewing Reality – It doesn’t always work out”

  1. Fabricville says:

    Hi Sylvia: So true that it doesn’t always work out… thank you for sharing your reality!! 🙂

  2. Sylvia says:

    I don’t know why I was so scared to share this but I am glad I did. Thank you!

  3. Klara says:

    Hi Sylvia,
    Thanks for sharing your story, so familiar!
    Did you do full bust adjustment to the pattern? From the photo, it seems that the sewing on the side drags to the front, which makes me think that there was not enough material in the front in the bust area. It would also explain the draglines.

  4. Val says:

    I don’t have a website Sylvia. I really appreciate your share of your reality too. But I’m not sure I’d cast off your project as I’d like to see a flippy skirt in a colour block with it. (You’ve got the fit right on the top now, and it’s a lot of stripes with nothing to balance it) Jewelry would also help.

  5. Andrea says:

    Hi Sylvia,
    I’m so glad I found this post. and thank you for sharing your experience. I call it that because I’ve learned that those projects that don’t “work out” become pillars in our sewing knowledge -over time. From what I see, you’ve had many successes. And I especially love that red jersey dress. Continue to sew your beautiful pieces and enjoy wearing them. Tip: No matter how long you have been sewing, there will be times that it won’t work out as planned. Learn the lesson. But don’t let it slow you down. Again, thanks for sharing. And all the best in your continued sewing journey.

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