I have had quite a few sewing "Ah HA!" moments in my life, but usually they come after the "Uh oh" moment - that time when your brain kicks in and says "Ohhhh noooo - you're going to have to rip that out/recut that/cry."
On of my biggest "Uh oh!" moments was when I learned to do a princess seam for the first time and didn't know that if you pre clipped the seam allowance, that it would be easier to match up the very curved bust seam. So instead I battled this beast for hours - pinning, basting, ripping - until finally I had what I wanted! It was at this point I realized I had sewn the front panel to the back side panel and not the front side panel. D'oh!
Lesson learned: always mark your pattern pieces with a little chalk or disappearing ink, clip your seam allowance on curved seams before you try to piece them together (after you make sure you have cut the right size, of course!) and take a freakin' break - when you're in the middle of a sewing disaster it's hard to get back on track without a brain break!
What's your "Uh oh!" moment and what did you learn from it?
(One of) My biggest "uh oh" moments was making a slip to go under my vintage lace wedding dress. I borrowed a pattern from my mother in law that was close enough to my bust size. I started making it in two parts, the skirt and the top. Being the super organised bride I was, it was the night before the wedding and I hadn't put the two pieces together yet or tried it on. At about 6pm, I pulled the skirt part over my head and.... it got stuck on my shoulders - it was WAY too small! At 9pm I took my sewing machine to my sister's house where my family were spending time together before the wedding. I had to keep cutting sections off the top of the skirt until I could fit it over my head. I then had to take the top section apart and add a panel at the back so that the top had the same circumference as the skirt. When I tried it on... it turned out "close enough" to my bust size wasn't really my bust size - it was a bit small! Luckily, my care factor was very little - it was going to be under my dress anyway, no one would see it and I only really cared about marrying my husband. In the end my sister had to bobby pin the slip to my bra to help keep it down (it kept riding up!) and occasionally pull it down from the base of the skirt in between photos!
1. Pay attention to the pattern size measurements on the packet. "Close enough" often is not "good enough"
2. Try things on as you're making them - don't leave it right to the end!
3. Bobby pins are versatile!
Another UH OH moment, I just thought of , I had been sewing for about 2 yrs and "thought" I was getting pretty good. well. My mom went and bought some nice "expensive ' fabric and wanted me to make her a dress. I was impressed, and happy,. Well, I made the dress and I thought it turned out pretty good..I was happy.. I took it too the ironing board,and this was in the late 70's [polester fabrics].When I put the "hot' iron on the fabric.. It immediately made a hugh hole ,right in the middle of the dress. No fixing this!!! I cried and cried.. Mama said,its fine.. but I felt awful..
Lesson learned...be careful with hot irons...