After last weeks total miss because of migraines, I woke up this
weekend with sweat on my face fearing I will not be in time with my art
project (I know, me worrying about something is not new to you, dear
I rolled out the huge canvas I bought and started to work… for
several minutes, only to get unnerved by my unfinished sewing projects
which were draped nicely in a cupboard and watched me with big eyes.
Yes, you heard right, my unfinished projects observed me reproachfully.
As I am a lovingly person who cannot endure the suffering of beings (and
objects) I was obliged to take them out and finish them. The sweater
with the loudest voice (yes, in this story my unfinished sewing projects
not only have eyes, no they also can speak, don’t ask) was a light blue
one with a huge Peter Pan collar. I already told you of this project
and my mishap with it: I made a mistake while cutting the fabric and
accidentally placed the fold of the fabric not in the middle of the
front pattern but at the side, under the armhole.
This mistake and its fixing already lay in the past, but the sweater
was still unfinished and crying for help. As always there are reasons: I
no longer liked the front with the for me visible repair – I hid the
front seam with a bias band – and the huge Peter Pan collar looked
strange on me, although I think these huge collars are in style right
now. The poor sweater was fallen out of favour and forgotten, hem and
sleeve cuffs still raw.
But nothing works better to get my household clean and my unloved
sewing projects finished than a huge workload I want to avoid (my
drawing). So, I had pity on the sweater. First thing was the hem, easy
peasy… I folded it two times and sewed it on.
Next were the sleeve cuffs and here I wanted to try something new. I
wanted to gather the sleeves with an elastic. Sounds simple but was new
for me. So far, I had made all my sweater with sleeve cuffs and not an
elastic. I asked the Trash-heap-who-knows-all-and-sees-all (Fraggles anybody?) and went to work. First, I folded the sleeves one time and sewed the fold on with a zig-zag stitch.
Next was searching for the stretchiest elastic band I could find in my
stash. I measured the widest part of my hand ( and then cut the elastic
to the desired length, which is not a good idea, because I should have
measure at first how far I could stretch this band and if I could get it
as wide as the actual sleeve. It was too short….
Second try was better. I pinned the elastic only at the beginning and
the end of the sleeve and then sewed it on while constantly stretching
the band. This was horrific. Nowhere near the easy sewing which was
shown on the internet. I had to pull and pull and all crumbled and
folded, it was a fight and exactly like this is the outcome: The cuff
turns in itself, and the elastic is visible.
Not the style I had envisioned. If I ever do this again, I need an
even stretchier elastic band, also a slimmer one and perhaps this
technique works better on thinner fabrics. Not sure if the sleeves are
wearable with this strange gathering, but while taking the photos I fell
in love with the big collar… so the project was not a complete fail.
(Only to clarify this whole sewing episode for you: I could not concentrate on work and heavily procrastinated. I did not see crying sewing projects or hear them talk… mostly :-DDD)