Thursday, March 11, 2010

Don't Let This Happen To You, Part 2

Before I tell you what happened to me, let me say that I've moved on from hot pink and Butterick to melon and Colette. The Colette Patterns Rooibos dress pattern to be specific. Got it tissue fitted at a friend's house a couple of weeks ago, so all I needed to do was cut it out, and sew.

Some cutting out observations: a couple of commenters said the rotary cutter is the only way to go. I definitely agreed. One of them said definitely use the larger cutter. Since I had one, this time I gave it a try. I didn't love using the larger one, and think I'll save it for the longer, straighter lines. I just felt like I had more control with the smaller one, AND, the blades are cheaper, so that's good.

So, what the monkey happened? I was transferring the marks, and, you guessed it... grabbed the wrong thing, and didn't notice until I peeled back the tissue and said, "what the monkey?" [or something like that].

You see how that could happen, don't you? The handles are plastic, about the same size, and I'm really good, and clearly can mark lines with my eyes closed. Brown. Yellow. Um, not even close. Now, the good news is I have plenty of fabric. But the bad news, is I have just enough to make a skirt. If I cut out a new bodice front piece then the skirt is history. I decided to be resourceful.
I ironed a piece of heavy fusible interfacing to the wrong side and closed up the slits with a satin stitch. Then I did a quick pin fitting with the back bodice piece, and figured out that I can use a 3/4" seam allowance and it will still fit. Maybe fit even better. I didn't take a picture of that. Sorry.

And then, an hour or so later. Don't let this happen to you:


  1. *ahem*

    "....I also find that the large cutters are good for straight lines, and the smaller cutters are easier for going round curves."
    ambette, March 5 2010.

    Must have been annoying that it happened, but glad it was fixable! :)

  2. Ah, I totally see how that could happen! Good thing you are a wonder and could fix it:)

  3. Good fix! Sounds like you had a day with very bad vibes!



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