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Abject Failure Equals Giveaway!

It may come as a complete surprise to you, but not everything I make is awesome. I know. Jump back, Jack. That’s crazytown.  In fact, and this is a huge secret so be cool, most of what I do is completely strugglesome. Hence the blog title. And I’m about to recount an abject failure which, hopefully, can make someone else happy, because it just makes me want to sob a little in the bathroom. Like you do.

Recently I’ve been very interested in perfecting a pencil skirt pattern for my body. But rather then draft my own from the several (many) tutorials online that teach you how, I’ve been trying to take the easy (stupid) way out and find a pattern that works for my body. Yeah. It has had mixed results. I’m might just have to break the hell down and draft a pattern, which I’m avoiding, because I’m a foolish coward. (Hangs head in shame).

So I recently downloaded the Angela Kane FREE PATTERN pencil skirt. I had some blue wool left over from my Not Everyone Can Be You dress, and it was just enough to squeeze out this skirt. I started sewing it when I got back on Monday from Puerto Rico, and got all the way up to sewing up the back seam. I tried it on, which is what I usually do at that point with a skirt, and, bam, literally split the seam. I SPLIT THE SEAM. Was it my hips? My waist? My thighs? Of course not. It’s was my (admittedly not un-prominent) rear. It was the junk in my trunk, people. Just like Lady Mary killed a Turkish diplomat with her virginity, I split a seam with my posterior.

Sighing with rage and disgust (and mindless anger at all the hours I spend at the gym which have, of late, slimmed my waist and toned my thighs but done very little, it seems, for my bottom) I tossed the skirt aside. But then I remembered that I literally cannot deal with not finishing a garment, it’s a compulsion. So I finished it. And I took more care with this damn skirt that fits my waist like a dream and my butt like a nightmare then I have with many other items that actually fit me fairly well. Well, except for the seam binding on the waistband, that I will freely admit is a mess. But STILL,  this is a french seamed wonder with an invisible zipper, neatly iron darts and a hand stitched hem. And I’m giving just giving it away.

That’s right, I’m giving this stupid beautiful skirt that doesn’t fit me away. You can have it, for FREE. Wanna see it?

Nice, right? Lovely color, hits the knees, nice drape on the 100% wool, it’s a winner.

It fits a 28 waist and a 36 hips (and rear, please take note), and while it’s not perfect (what is?) I think it’s a very nice skirt. For someone else. Because even with my Zumba class and Cardio Kickboxing, this thing isn’t going to pack my back any time soon.

So if you would like to own and wear this garment, just leave me a comment letting me know about a recent sewing failure and what, if anything, you did to try and vindicate it. Leave a comment by March 29th, so in three weeks, and I will announce the winner by April 1st! Have at it, people!



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The Sew Impulsive Skirt

Because I know you were desperate to know, I did complete my Meringue skirt over the weekend in a size 8, and while it looks better, I don’t think this is a style that really is perfection for my form. Oh, well. I made it in the acid-bright stripes and I love the colors, no matter if my mother thinks them garish. And no, I didn’t do scallops, the opinions were overwhelming against, thank you, lovely commentators, and as I read them I realized they just echoed my own feelings. Anyway, the skirt is done, but I’m not going to show it to the world until my trip to Puerto Rico in the beginning of March, so you will just have to trust me, one Sew Colette down, four to go. On to the Pastille!

Do you ever think about something so much that you just can’t get it out of your head and all of a sudden you simply must sit down and do it? No? Well, we aren’t the same person, then, because that’s 90% of how I sew. I tend to get a little obsessive about things. Like, before I started sewing, back in the days when I actually bought clothing from stores (oh, such a long long time ago, i.e., last year), I used to visit pieces of clothing I c0nsidered buying once, twice, three times sometimes before I actually bought anything. I’m a planner, that’s me. So most of my sewing projects are planned well in advance. For example, I know the next five projects I will be doing, their order, and I’ve even cut them out, which is a bit odd but I was on a roll this weekend, so…yeah. All cut out, waiting to go.

But recently I came across this length of stretchy wool knit in the lot of fabric I got from that hoarder, and I was like, I know exactly what to do with this. And despite my desire to sew more slowly and take more time with construction, this sucker took me literally an hour and ten minutes. I know this because it took me an entire episode of Pretty Little Liars (Don’t laugh, it’s awesome) and ten minutes of Castle.  From laying out the fabric to cut to trying on the final product. BAM. Skirtified.

The color is a little off in these photos, the true color is a wine-dark red. And check out the hot rain boots. Mmmmmm. Stylish.

Yeah. I totally made my mom take these photos after we attended a luncheon at our synogogue that was focused on women in Judaism. I love those things. The food is always awesome because Feast Your Eyes does the catering, and I’m always the youngest person by at least a few decades. Classic. The speaker had the most amazing bow tie. What a mensch.

Back view! I have to say, for something that took me less time then it takes to, say, cook a good soup or clean my whole apartment, I’m really loving this skirt. It’s so comfortable! It’s stretchy and warm, and forgiving of mealtimes. It looks good with most of my current wardrobe, and it’s flattering!

How did I do it, you ask? Well, I measured my waist and my hips and then just cut out two rectangles, with some careful sketching right on the fabric (and some acrobatics, some of the scant yardage had been attacked by moths, or maybe worse, I don’t want to think about what, but don’t worry, I cleaned it pre-sewing!). Then I cut out a waistband. I stitched it up using zigzag stitch, and it wasn’t until I was trying it on that I realized I had used a regular needle, not a ballpoint one! Horrors! But…it didn’t actually seem to matter. Bullet dodged. Maybe because the material is so thick? A mystery.

Fun fact, the shirt I’m wearing in these is the first shirt I ever made with knits! And if you are observant you may notice that it’s a bit wonky, but I care not. I am, however, very excited to receive my Renfrew Shirt Pattern in the mail, because I think it’s going to be my go-to knit top shirt. Oh, Tasia, you spoil me.

See? I’m so happy with my one impulsive decision! Maybe I should do things impulsively more often? Yeah. I’ll plan to be more impulsive. That should work. Let me just go plan that.


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