Friday, March 18, 2011

Lesson learned!

Just look at this pile of beautiful purple silk crepe de Chine all cut up into various pieces for Vogue 1223. What a crappy pattern! Unevenly spaced pleats, some left open over the bust but at different levels on the right vs. left, hemline short in the front and long on the sides, etc. I cannot recommend this pattern! And I cried over the loss of this gorgeous and expensive fabric that is now ruined. Why did I not make a muslin?!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid! Learn from me - IF YOUR FABRIC IS DEAR, MAKE A MUSLIN!!!

40 comments:

  1. You can salvage something can't you? can you at least make a skirt out if it?

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  2. I had wadders!! I'm so sorry for you - I haven't made anything I love since November! Hopefully you can use the fabric for something. . .

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  3. I am so sorry. I have suffered before from not making a muslin. I am about to start a new dress and I am trying to talk myself out of making a muslin, but I think I will.

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  4. I feel your pain, such pretty fabric.

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  5. oh no, you poor thing :( I hate wadders, especially in expensive stuff. I always try to muslin, but even then it doesn't always work out if the drape/weight of the fashion fabric is very different from the muslin fabric :(
    Ashley x

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  6. Poor you! What beautiful fabric, and all to waste.

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  7. Ooooooo, such a gorgeous color, I hope you can do something with it. You have my sympathy!

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  8. Oh! :-( I so hope you can find something to recycle the fabric into. It's such a pretty color and would look fabulous on you.

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  9. Don't let it get you down. Its not your fault if the pattern was poorly designed. Save the fabric something will come along that it will be perfect for!

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  10. Oh, this is just NOT FAIR. I bet every one of us can tell a tale like yours. A few months ago, I joined www.perfectsewandfit.com. Patricia Schoeman started this site to teach other how to do tissue fitting with the Palmer/Pletsch method, and she is just fantastic! For 4.95 a month, she will guide you through tissue fitting of any pattern you like. You upload your photos of your process and she draws lines on them for your fitting adjustments all the while giving you advice and the reasoning for the changes. She has many videos as well. And best of all, NO MORE MUSLINS. I think muslins are great for elaborate or couture designs, but for day to day clothing I just don't have the will to do them. I am so happy I found Perfect Sew and Fit. Check it out. Oh, she also has a few videos on you tube.
    Brenda

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  11. Oh no, that's terrible! That looks like such a nice dress, too. Is there no way to salvage some of that fabric for something else?

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  12. Holy moly, I would cry, too!!!
    A Pox on Vogue Patterns!!!

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  13. Oh dear, that's terrible. I know how you feel. I just flopped with a purple silk fabric, that I got as a gift from family. Didn't make a muslin either. And I felt stupid too. Does that help? Probably not, eh? :-) I hope you'll still be able to use some of the fabric. And don't beat yourself up over it too much. You have such an excellent record with gorgeous garments. This only makes you look a little more human ;-)

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  14. Too bad, looked like a cute pattern.

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  15. Such a shame :( I feel your pain!

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  16. Man that stinks! I hope you can find some way to salvage some of that fabric.

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  17. Been there, done that. It was a hard lesson to learn but now I always make muslins with expensive fabric or when trying a pattern that's different from anything I've made in the past. Sewers think it adds so much time to make a muslin but it actually doesn't, because you aren't ripping out seams and making adjustments to your fashion fabric.

    Can you use that cut-out fabric for Hong Kong seams?

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  18. How disappointing ... that is lovely silk and I hope you can salvage the pieces into something, even if it won't be the dress you wanted.

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  19. Boo-Hiss! So sorry for your loss. Thanks for the heads up on the pattern. I was looking forward to giving this a try. If I do I will definitely do a muslin first.

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  20. Oh my,I do feel your pain. Such a pretty color fabric, hopefuly you can get some other use out of it.

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  21. What a bummer but I'll certainly take your advice and steer way clear of this pattern.

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  22. Oh Nn! You've had a string of wadders and it's so much worse when it's someone elses fault. Such bad form for Vogue. Maybe you can make a posh dress for RAchel from the scraps??

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  23. So heartbreaking! I would try and make it work anyway...somehow? I also like the idea of a skirt or even some bias strips. Don't let that Vogue beat you at having something beautiful from that fabric.

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  24. This looks painful! I'm sorry it didn't work out. I wonder if the strips would work for Simplicity 2361, a Cynthia Rowley pattern with lots of gathered strips? Not sure if it is your style, or if you have enough to salvage into a tunic. This poor pile of fabric brought it to mind.

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  25. Oh no!

    I have this pattern too. I will certainly look at it in a very circumspect manner if/when I get to it. And make it out of something cheap/free and or ugly first.

    MANY THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP

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  26. Please call or write to Vogue and let them know about this. If you cannot do anything with the scraps, they should PAY for this. If we don't complain and allow them to get by with putting bad patterns out there for $30, as is the retail price on your pattern, we are condoning their lack of quality control. Vogue needs to make this right for you!

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  27. I am soooo sorry Amanda!!! I hope you can salvage some of that beautiful fabric!!! I think I'm going to stay away from that pattern for now! I'm crying with you over that goregous fabric!!!

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  28. Yikes! I just bought fabric for this pattern...looks like I better make a muslin!

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  29. That would have been so pretty. I feel your pain, believe me, I've been there more then I care to remember. Darn pattern companies!!

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  30. Sorry to hear that... the fabric looked so pretty, too Thanks for the Public Service Announcement about that pattern, though.

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  31. I am a slow sewer and I don't make a lot of time for sewing anyway, but I am doing more muslins now because of previous dissapointments like yours. I wholeheartedly agree with Lindsay T's comment that it saves time in the end as you are not ripping out seams etc. And you are saving precious fabric too. Don't worry, just keep it aside for the right project in the future and keep on sewing.

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  32. I hat you've lost your beautiful fabric. Thanks for warning us about the pattern.

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  33. Such lovely fabric as well. Must be a way to salvage something out of it. I have to admit I have never ever made a muslin, my production line is slow enough as it is. My wadders are fortunately few, although I suspect if the fabric was super expensive I might have to consider it.

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  34. Penny is correct. Vogue needs to know. You are an advanced sewer and if this pattern boggled it is not your fault. I have heard that Vogue has been putting out untested patterns. I cannot verify that but I have read comments on other sites. The cost of the patterns is outrageous to begin with, but ruined expensive fabric adds to the insult. Call them, (e-mail will get filed away) tell them your story and also tell them that out here in blog-land we are becoming more and more aware of our rights relating to inferior products and poor customer service.
    Corinne

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  35. I honestly had to smile at the deluge of sympathetic comments. We've all been there and feel your pain!!

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  36. I bought that pattern, thank you so much for the warning!

    I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your fabric. :( What a disappointment!

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  37. Oh no... I'm sorry to hear about your fabric!! Thanks for the reminder about making a muslin for expensive fabric since I tend not to make muslins. I hope you can salvedge it for something!

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  38. Such a waste of purple gorgeousness! Seems like another advanced sewer had issues with this pattern:
    http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/61190

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