“Fail – The Red Spot Dress” was going to be the title of this post, until I realised I was already thinking of the best way to fix this mess of a dress, and I promptly reminded myself that I don’t do failure! There is almost always something that can be done to fix disasters, I think most of the time it is just a matter of overcoming the mental obstacle. It is no longer a 10k you are running – it is the marathon instead!
So, here’s the mess so far:
Too small in waist, too long in bodice, one side of collar is misbehaving (it’s in shadow here, but it’s twisting)…
See through, highly static polyester that sticks to your skin like a wet t-shirt…
On Hitting the Wall, and Not Giving Up:
I think most of us are resistant to unpicking our work. I am definitely guilty of settling for second best because it is ‘only for me’, but this is unwearable.
|“Ouch – that wall is hard!”|
I’ve learnt – and it took me a surprisingly long time – that unpicking mistakes as soon as they happen is the quickest and easiest option. Sometimes I go into denial and need to force myself to do this! Leaving mistakes and hoping for the best involves compromise all the way down the chain, and usually compounds the problem. Which only means extra unpicking!
Not giving up makes you a better sewer too, because you learn. You learn methods of avoiding mistakes in the first place. You analyse and learn why the mistake has occurred, and you learn how to remedy it. Often you need to learn new techniques to overcome new problems. By throwing the project in the bin, you learn nothing.
And of course by not giving up you eventually succeed – you end up with a garment you can happily wear so you can swan around like these ladies:
Hopefully that’s me next week! Now, where’s my quick-unpick?…