Tired + Sewing = Mistakes + Frustration
Okey dokey now. Last night was a study of what not to do when sewing. Sheesh!
But let me back up a little. At lunchtime yesterday, I went home and laid out and pinned the pattern pieces on the fabric. I thought I saved myself a bunch of time for my sewing session later that evening. *patted self on back* Fast forward to last evening and things took a minor detour. I cut out my fabric and then…
*sigh* I knew I was tired. I knew it. I should have stepped away from the machines. Instead I decided to plunge forward. I wondered at what point should I apply the rolled hem edges to my dress: before or after construction. I finally decided that it would be better after construction so I wouldn’t end up with interrupted bits of rolled hem everywhere. I had emailed Robin to get her construction order, but didn’t hear back from her right away. So while I sussed it out myself and waited to hear from her, I experimented with the rolled hem function on my serger (a Brother 1034D). I found that I had to crank the differential feed up to the highest setting (2.0) in order for the fabric to feed through. This setting gave me a great a great rolled hem with very little distortion (lengthening or waviness).
At this point, I felt comfortable starting construction on the dress. If you will recall, I had the great idea of using the self-lined cap sleeves from Simplicity 3678 instead of the long sleeves that are included with KS 3408. I knew I would have to futz around with the sleeve caps as they both had vastly different shapes from each other.
Eager to see if my cap sleeve experiment would work, I started to use the serger to attach the sleeve to the dress armscye. I carefully pinned it matching each marking to the sleeve opening and serged away. I took my bodice to the mirror and voilá, the cap sleeve had the wrong side of the fabric showing on the outside and inside. Darn it!
I used my fave tutorial to remove serged stitches and carefully unpicked my sleeve.
Then I carefully pinned again and re-serged the sleeve right sides out. Only to find out that I put the sleeve seam on the right side of the dress!!! ARGH!!!
Did I step away from the machine? No, of course not! I ripped out that serged seam again and tried again. Third time was the charm. I worried that I had stretched out the armscye and sleeve, but it doesn’t seem too bad. Sorry, no pictures of it now, but I will post some later when I finish the dress. Oh and BTW, I love the cap sleeve! It looks great. Can’t wait to see the rest of the dress finished.
So long story long, the moral of this tale is: Don’t sew when you’re tired!!! (Unfortunately, much to my chagrin, I think this lesson needs to be pounded into my head repeatedly.)