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Disaster averted, hopefully

2010 April 21
by elizabeth_admin

Last night I was happily making progress on Vogue 8379 and not one, but two disasters struck. 

First, I was clipping the seam allowance 0n the neck facing and cut a v-shaped hole in the front of my bodice.  *sniff sniff* 

Then to rub salt on the gaping wound, the stupid #$%$^*^%$# facings wouldn’t stay put when I tried on the bodice.  I had heard tales on PatternReview many times before of the faceless facings flopping in mute mutiny.  Did I listen to these tales of woe from more experienced sewists than me?  Did I give in to my misgivings regarding these $#*&$#*&% facings? 

No, as a true 4 (sorry to interject numerology here, but my friend Cayce has determined that I am the epitome of a 4, doomed to face a lifetime of having process beaten into me — sounds like fun doesn’t it?), I stolidly carried on, faithful to the Vogue instructions, stubbornly disbelieving all those who have walked before me.  They must have sewed the facings on wrong somehow.  Why else would Vogue have you put facings on these dresses?  Right?

WRONG!

And to make matters even worse, Vogue tells you to interface the facings.  In my heart of hearts, I knew this to be wrong.  But did I heed my heart’s warnings?  Did I listen to the reviewers on PatternReview?  No, because Vogue is God.  OMG!!!!!!  Those facings were stiff as a board (note: I did use a fusible knit facing).  And my facings didn’t want to be hidden inside the bodice of my dress.  They wanted to “face” the world dammit.  Whether I wanted them to or not.  Even despite my meticulous understitching. 

So I thought I could take off the offensive facings and finish the bodice edges differently.  I sat on my couch with my friendly neighborhood seam ripper and commenced to unpluck stitches.  After an hour of studious and hard work, I had managed to undo less than one inch of the understitching.  The UNDERSTITCHING mind you!  Not even the actually seam stitching. 

I was ready to run out and throw myself under a bus to Kashi’s at Metro Textile today and buy more fabric and start all over.  And then Thea, my teacher, talked me off the roof told me how I could bring this project back from the dead the UFO pile.  She said to cut the facing off as close to the seam line as possible and attach a binding instead, possibly in a contrasting color as a design element.  And if I compromised the size of the front bodice, I could add some width with the binding.  GENIUS!!!!  This is why Thea gets paid the big bucks!  😉  

Needless to say, I did not run out to Kashi’s and I will attempt this fix tonight.  Oh and I will use fusible interfacing to fix the snip in the front as invisibly as possible.  Phew!!!

Despite these major setbacks, I am loving this dress and this fabric.  It’s a dream to work with (when you don’t deal with #$(*#%&*%^ interfaced facings).

Happy non-disastrous sewing to you all.

13 Responses leave one →
  1. April 21, 2010

    The facings on that pattern made me CRAZY. I ended up topstitching them down after going through the understitching, etc. steps to try to get them to stay on the inside. Try Kwik Sew 3408 for another wrap dress that (I believe) is much better drafted.

  2. April 21, 2010

    Glad to see you had a friend who rescued you. You are doing great, and I love to read about all your adventurers. Let us know when it is done, I love the black and white fabric, what kind is? And what is the number for your Vogue Pattern? Take care 🙂

  3. donna permalink
    April 21, 2010

    yes, definitely, go for the binding! i just turned the edge under and used a double edge needle. its a little more of a ‘casual’ finish, maybe, but why would they have us use a facing and an interfacing on a knit…its nuts! good luck!

  4. donna permalink
    April 21, 2010

    …oops i meant to say ‘a double needle’ not double edged!

  5. April 21, 2010

    Just realized I had a typo in my hyperlink, sorry about that.

  6. April 21, 2010

    Glad the disaster was averted and that is a pretty fabric.

  7. April 21, 2010

    Gorgeous fabric! So glad you had someone to help you out through the sewing disaster 🙂 good luck with your dress!

  8. April 21, 2010

    Elizabeth, are you clipping the edges close to the stitching on the inside curves before turning your facings under? That should help them stay put.

  9. April 21, 2010

    Hahaha! I can relate – on my more difficult projects I simply feel it’s one obstacle after another and about half my projects I have to really watch NOT to cut holes by mistake. .

  10. April 21, 2010

    Glad the story had a happy ending. I’m always lost without my seam ripper, I know sewing disasters well. 🙂

  11. April 22, 2010

    Oh, I hope you don’t mind, but it did my heart good to smile at your blog and realise that I’m not the only one who has major disasters with her sewing. These things really are sent to test us. We have earned our places in sewing heaven! Well done on finding a solution – not easy when your head is boiling with anger.

  12. April 22, 2010

    Hello Elizabeth – I am having exactly the same problem with the KwikSew wrap dress 3849 (I think). The pattern is great but those facings keep flipping out -grrr. What type of binding do you use?

  13. April 22, 2010

    Hi Elizabeth. I’m enjoying your blog. I’ll be in the lower manhattan district on May 8 through the MD ASG. Would love to meet you! I love your blog so much and your honesty. Oh, I am wannsew, but I messed my blog about 2 weeks ago, so here’s the new one. I’m trying to gradually re-add my followers. Thanks so much. -JC

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