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A tale of two legs and revenge sewing

2015 November 30
by elizabeth_admin

Did you hear the one about the seamstress who sewed two left legs?  Yeah, me neither.  You know why?  Because it’s not funny when you sew two left legs.  And this is why…  Because then you only have two left legs and no more fabric.  Because you remember that you bought the end of the roll when you originally bought the fabric and now you want to cry.  Nope, not a laughing matter at all.  So now the two left legs mock me from their crumpled pile on my sewing table as I move them around to cut out my student’s weekly projects.  They mock me, I tell you.

So in my ignominious state, I decided to revenge sew.  Yes, that’s right, I said revenge sew.  I got out my trusty S5271 baseball tee pattern and proceeded to sew up a super cute top.  How do you feel now, two left legs?  Still trying to mock me?  I showed you!  I now have a cute top and there’s nothing you can do about it.

But let me backtrack a bit…  A few weeks ago, Susan from Knitters-delight and I decided on the spur of the moment to meet up at the National City Swap Meet to see what the LA jobbers had brought.  We went to my favorite stall and found some really good fabrics for a steal.  There was some great Italian linen, and super cute knits.  I bought two knit prints that were super stretchy and soft, and bonus, had a NYC vibe.  One even said New York on it.  I made out like a fabric bandit.  So did Susan, I might add.  We had a good old bitch session, caught up on each other’s lives, and bought lots of fabric.  Sounds like a perfect day, doesn’t it?  Ahhhh…

So fast forward to the two left leg debacle and you know I needed some therapy.  And that’s how  revenge sewing came to my rescue.


Making sushi over Thanksgiving break

Making sushi over Thanksgiving break


And that, my friends, is how you return back to the land of garment sewing after a super long hiatus.  Revenge sewing.  Of course, my pals Jeanette and Sherril also helped me figure out proportions for this tee.  Since the fabric was super stretchy, I needed to rejigger the sizing a bit and the raglan sleeves had me a little stumped.  And now the shirt is a little on the short side.  Revenge’s revenge?  You be the judge.  I did get a few unsolicitations when I wore it though, so I think the revenge worked.

The other fabric I bought might be too similar to this print to use the same baseball tee pattern again.  I might have to think up a different pattern for it.

Anyway, I highly recommend revenge sewing after a wadder.  It is extremely satisfying.

Do you revenge sew?  Did you get sweet satisfying revenge?  Do tell!


7 Responses leave one →
  1. November 30, 2015

    Very funny story but aren’t left legs identical to right legs? Great to hear from you again, Elizabeth!

  2. Wendy permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Who says the legs have to match? Sew one wrong-side-out; Voila! Edgy and supercool.

  3. December 1, 2015

    Your top looks great and I definitely think an instant gratification project is always good after sewing something which keeps fighting you.
    As to the issue of two left legs: Does your fabric has a clear right and wrong side and did you cut two left legs or doesn’t it and did you sew both legs up as left legs by mistake? In the first case, there is nothing you can do about it (expect maybe call it a design feature, like Wendy said. Now that I think of it, I had that issue with collar pieces for a jacket once), in the second, you fix it but it will take a lot of very fiddly and annoying unpicking and careful re-sewing.

    And if the problem is in the sewing, that will be easy to avoid in the future by changing your order of construction: Crotch seams (front and back) first, then inner leg seam, outer leg seams last. That also makes for easier last minute fit adjustments. Somehow all pattern instructions I have ever seen tell you to do this differently but this is the easiest way to sew up a pair of trousers.

  4. Annie permalink
    December 1, 2015

    Actually I read about this pretty often. Most people either sew one inside out or cut a leg of another fabric. Mismatched leggings are trendy, dontcha know?

  5. December 1, 2015

    I love how your top came out. It did get me a slight shade of green with jealousy, wishing I had also purchased that fabric. Can’t complain – we did go with adding to our respective fabric stashes.

  6. Kay permalink
    December 2, 2015

    Uh oh! Been there, Done that 2 left leg pants! It’s like a right of passage, right along with serging a neckline or binding on the wrong side!!

    I love your idea of revenge sewing. Your top looks supercool! You won!

  7. December 2, 2015

    Your top is awesome! Love the fabric. And revenge sewing is the best. For some reason nearly all of my favorite projects happened when I got mad that something didn’t turn out and I either made something I didn’t even know I wanted from playing in my stash, or I made a TNT as a palate cleanser. Totally down with revenge sewing.

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