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Crying uncle

2010 November 9
by elizabeth_admin

Well, my friends, I think I have to give up the ghost on my tweed jumper.  I just can’t get it to fit around the girls right and now the fabric is looking a little forlorn.  Remember, this is how it looked last time:

  1. I tried shortening the fisheye darts — only helped a little.
  2. Then I tried letting out the side seams — no change.

At this point, the fabric doesn’t look good any more, so I didn’t have the heart to take pictures of what it looks like now though.  Trying to take out teensy tiny stitches out of a tweed just about did me in and definitely ruined the tweed.  And for some strange reason, the dress keeps hiking up in front so that the shoulder seams go behind my shoulders a bit.  I think that’s why the darts look so high.  But I can’t figure out why it’s doing that. 

I also can’t figure out why this iteration of a TNT is so drastically different from my other two.  The tweed is actually pretty lightweight and not all that different in thickness from the brocade I used for my fancy dress, so I can’t imagine that it’s a turn of the cloth issue as some of you have suggested.  So strange.

Anyway, I am just going to call it a wadder and move on.  I am pretty disappointed though.  As for the next project?  I have so many end of year projects on the docket that I am a little at a loss as to what to start on next. 

We’ll see what I feel like starting tonight. 

Wishing you a sewing day without wadders.

16 Responses leave one →
  1. November 9, 2010

    That’s a real shame 🙁
    Perhaps if it cannot be rescued later down the line you could turn it into a skirt & a tweed- bolero & wear the bolero over a black turtle neck maybe? 🙂

  2. November 9, 2010

    Sorry that didn’t work out for you! I was hoping that one of those suggestions would work. Grrrr.

    I like the bolero idea that seemane had. Can you refashion? I just alter and make it a skirt? I’ve done that with Goodwill dresses to much success.

  3. November 9, 2010

    I’m coming late to this jumper saga. Elizabeth, did you try just letting out BOTH darts, putting the damn thing on inside out, and fitting it to YOU, in whatever undergarment you’re going to be wearing with it?

    I think people get overly obsessed with darts on patterns and pattern adjustments and and forget that all darts do is shape flat fabric over our not flat bodies. It might be an interesting experiment, now that you’ve decided this is a wadder, to drape the jumper (without the darts) to your body and pin the extra fabric, forming darts where YOU want them. You can do it in the mirror.

  4. Becky permalink
    November 9, 2010

    The hiking up so that the shoulder seams lay on the back of your shoulders makes me think you might need an adjustment on the high back area. Do you have the Palmer/Pletsh book Fit for Real People?
    If you are doing as Peter suggests and using this now wadder-status project as a fitting lesson, why not try letting out the seam allowance on the back shoulder only. That’s not the way the book would do it, but it might reveal that you need to do a high back adjustment (very simple) in future projects. Get the book!
    It occurs to me that the fitting issues are showing up on this one because it is MORE fitted than other things you have sewn, even though it is a TNT. The more fitted, the more issues show up. On Everybody! The thick fabric makes a difference. So does lining. Maybe try one inch seam allowances on side seams (or all major verticle seams) to make fitting changes as you go.

  5. November 9, 2010

    I have no advice. However, I do have a shoulder to cry on. I know that wadders can be really traumatic to the sewing soul especially when they come from a TNT pattern. I got one word for you ~ NEXT!

  6. November 9, 2010

    I feel your pain – sometimes fabric can be very mean and not turn out how it is supposed to. Put it aside, make yourself something simple but fabulous and maybe later you can think of a rescue plan. Alternatively just dump it and move on – it happens to everyone!

  7. November 9, 2010

    You have my sympathy, no empathy! I don’t have any advice, I wouldn’t know what to do either. I think it is ok to declare something a wadder and move onto a fresh project.

  8. November 9, 2010

    Oh no! I’m sorry it didn’t work… it’s never any fun when something doesn’t work out. Hope you can find something quick and easy to make to make up for the dress and hopefully, you can at least salvage the fabric to make a skirt or something.

  9. November 9, 2010

    Knowing when to move on is part of sewing. Don’t know why this was giving odd results–could be the thickness combined with the fact that tweed is grabby where brocade is smooth and slidey. Tomorrow is another day!

  10. stacey permalink
    November 9, 2010

    I think the fabric would make a great pair of pants for your son and a cute news boy hat.There is always a way to use the fabric and still turn it in to something great! The pants would even go with his yearly sweater!

  11. beth permalink
    November 9, 2010

    I feel your pain. I end up with more wadders than successes, and it is disheartening, even with a TNT or a carefully fitted muslin. Although the tweed is no longer salvageable for this project (I am SO bummed for you!) What I am picturing, comparing similar fabrics I have in my stash– is the tweed stiffer than the brocade? I ask because I have had similar problems in the past when the fashion fabric did not have either quite the same drape, and/or weight– the extra little bit in weight seemed to make a difference in the location of the darts. Regardless, I have taken entire projects and thrown the whole thing away so I would not even have to look at the offending wadder or be reminded of it. It happens to the best of us.

  12. November 9, 2010

    Elizabeth, that’s so sad for you. Supposedly the whole reason we have TNT patterns is not for this to happen. I feel for you, it’s a lot of work you’ve done, only to end up unusable. Maybe you need 2 of the same pattern. One for lighter weight/some stretch fabrics and then another for the heavier/less stretchy fabrics? Then you could have adjustments needed for thicker/less stretchy fabric on one pattern and the same for the lighter/stretchier fabric on the other. I agree with Becky re adding 1″ seam allowances on the side seams when cutting out, even with a TNT – just in case 😉

  13. November 9, 2010

    Aw, so frustrating! I feel your pain, and figure you can either work at it a bit to figure out where it went wrong.. or toss it and move on! Maybe it shrunk when it was pressed and steamed? Since your first versions of this dress are so cute, I’m guessing it has to do with the fabric in this case. Sorry to hear it was a dud!

  14. Marie-Christine permalink
    November 10, 2010

    I second Becky on every point..
    But I’d add that it’s not normal to make a wadder out of ripping wool tweed, nothing is more forgiving. So maybe you were using a too-small stitch to beging with? Thicker fabrics call for longer stitches. And maybe you have one of those dinky Joanne seam rippers? Invest in a very good, very sharp one, seam rippers are the -best- sewing tools even though nobody likes to admit it :-). And finally, at this season you probably need Gestapo-grade lights in order to do close work without pain. Catching a short ray of sunshine on the weekend is best, but failing that strong and direct artificial light will do. Personally, I drool over those big lamp-and-magnifiers, but I’m probably older than you :-).
    I do agree with everyone that tells you to experiment with the wadder, since you can’t lose any further. You can always make a bag with the skirt at the end.

  15. Sewista Fashionista permalink
    November 10, 2010

    Another sewing project will be balm to your soul. Pick the most fun one of all and have at it!

  16. Emily permalink
    November 10, 2010

    I think your boob darts are too high. Depending on how much seam allowance you still have maybe you can lower them a good 1.5″. If not, drop the straps to effectively lower the darts.

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