15 November 2015

I Need a Reboot

Sewing has come to a near-complete stop.  With my weight all over the place, nothing fits and my sewjo is on leave.  Clothes I made as early as May don't fit now (too tight) and I'm sour about it.  Waaaaaah! 

Wadders are again ranking supreme this year.

Vogue frankenpattern pants
Yeah, I think they're headed back to wadderville.  I tried to take out some of the fullness in the lower leg, but now the grain is off and the leg is too tight.  I have zero desire to try and fix them.

BWOF 9-2006-114 (sans pockets)
Still on the hunt for a wrapped dress, I muslined this pattern.

The verdict?  I need an FBA.  I knew I needed it just looking at the pattern.  But I forged on anyway.  Even with the generous give in my knit, the bodice is still too small.

Butterick 5678
This is the very popular shoulder princess seam button front shirt.  I attempted this pattern three times and have concluded that it just doesn't work for me.  When I shortened the length, the shirt was too tight and wouldn't button.  When I restored to the original length and took smaller seam allowances, the shirt was big and unsightly.  Uncle!

Simplicity 1523
Simple knit top, right?  Wrooooong.  The bust pleats are an epic fail.  No amount of pressing flattens these things and it is not a good look on my bust.  If I try this pattern again, I have to move the pleats or something.

 (photo credit:  Judy Sumler)

McCall's 7254
This was a fail because of the fabric.  I used a medium-weight sweater knit with too much crosswise stretch.  As a result, the front droops horribly and looks unkempt.  The only photo that exists is on Instgram and, now that I think about it, I think I deleted it.  It's awful, really awful!

Starting from Scratch Challenge
While this isn't a wadder per se, my progress is stalled.  I made it as far as Step 7 but stopped because one of my garments from a previous step is a disaster and I lost motivation.

I made another version of my TNT New Look 6407, but with the collar stand only.   For some reason, the fit is terrible.  Terrible!  The collar stand is inches away from my neck and the neckline gapes horribly.  I have enough fabric left to cut a new stand and collar.  But the sewjo...

Sooooooooooooooooooo yeah.  I need a reboot.  I don't know what to sew and I need clothes.  Even my palate-cleaning jeans aren't motivating me right now.  I need to find something to sew that can accommodate weight changes and that won't frustrate me too much.

On the bright side, my pottery is on jam.  I finished this lamp several months ago and finally wired it up yesterday.


I have another completed lamp that needs wiring, but I ran out of parts.  I'm working on another set of dishes for myself and for a dear friend.  I also have some lidded jars and vases in the works. 

Until next time, peace!

L

22 comments:

  1. I hear you on wadders my sis, but sometimes we sewist are so hard on ourselves, we want complete perfection in everything we sew, yet we buy ready to wear that is not near perfection to our wadder. Maybe you should give a second look, or leave them on the hanger for sometime...you know miracle can happen....lol . BTW your lamp is beautiful. Have a great week ahead

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    1. This is true and I know am definitely hard on myself. All of the wadders are hanging out in Area 51. Sheesh, I cleaned that closet out until there were nothing but hangers and now it's full again. Gah!

      Thank you for the lamp compliment!

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  2. Oh no! I'd noticed that you had been awfully quiet lately.

    I do have a possible sewjo-reviving suggestion... I can't believe that I'm typing this next sentence, but...have you considered pull-on jeans? I know that you love your older Jalies, but those new Eleanors are getting rave reviews from everyone. I just made the Misty jeans from StyleArc, and I couldn't believe how quickly they went together. Plus, they feel like they'll hold up through some weight fluctuation.

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    1. I thought about the pull-on jeans, but can't seem to commit to it! How stretchy does the denim have to be? Right now, I feel most comfortable in sweatpants. =(

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  3. Oh girl! Thank you for being brave enough to post about all your wadders. I didn't even mention the last two I had. The mojo will eventually return, give yourself time.

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    1. Hah. The fails were so epic, they needed a breath of fresh air. =)

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  4. Well that lamp is AMAZING!!!!

    Sorry the wadderville train has stopped by your place :/ And it's really bad when the TNTs aren't coming through :(

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    1. Stupid train! You know I love me some jeans and I don't even want to sew them right now. Boooooo. I can't fit the pattern. Triple booooooooo.

      Thanks on the lamp!

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  5. When I first read the title of this post, I thought it said "I need a robot" instead of "I need a reboot". Sorry for all the wadders you've had. I agree with Nakisha, the lamp is amazing!

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    1. I read "robot" more than once! LOL!!!

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    2. LMAO! You know what's funny, whilst writing the post, I thought the EXACT same thing. I kept thinking, "maybe I need a robot, too!"

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  6. You will start sewing again at record breaking speed, with great success and plenty of light!

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    1. I don't know about this record-breaking speed, but I hope to sew something soon. =)

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  7. This was a great post and sums up how I sometimes feel. I agree with everyone else ...........the lamp is the bomb - so why not focus on what is going right for you instead of dwelling on the sheeit that ain't

    I know you mojo will return............just wait for it.....don't rush it........take all the time that you need

    Cynthia

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    1. Aww thank you! I like the idea of not forcing it. If I do, I might be even more frustrated! Thank you for the encouragement. =)

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  8. Or, sew some quick zippy bags for christmas present/wrappings. Garment sewing is difficult on a good day. Sew some new pillows for the couch and your sewjomojo will come roaring back.
    Love the colors in your lamp. Awesome!

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    1. Good idea...if I ever bought Christmas gifts. Hah. I don't buy anyone anything and avoid the malls like the plague between Black Friday and February. =)

      I am thinking about making some fancy schmancy bed pillows. Hmm...

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  9. So sorry to hear about all of the wadders. I have had a few myself! They can be so discouraging sometimes. Focusing on your pottery right now is a good idea. It will give you a breather and some distance from the wadders. You will come back renewed - you will! And wow on that lamp - awesome!

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    1. Ugh, yes they can! Pottery is way more forgiving. Some days are good throwing days; others are not. But I get way more product at the studio than in the sewing room.

      I took some preliminary measurements on a style arc skirt. We'll see how that goes!

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  10. I'm sorry to hear that things are not progressing well on the sewing and shape front. I find packing up all the half finished ideas and starting something entirely new quite therapeutic - and it looks as though that is what you have done with the Style Arc skirt.

    And the pottery - the lamp is lovely. Throwing must get things out of the system too....

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  11. The lamp is absolutely stunning! I'm in awe of this new talent. As for the sewing, I totally understand! Hopefully things will even out soon and you'll be able to sew again.

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  12. Oh L! What a bummer with those new patterns... :(

    And yes, You really got some serious talent there with that lamp!!! Swoon!

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