Again, in keeping with the theme of sewing for clients I got to thinking about my most memorable mistakes when sewing for a client. And the one that pops to mind is the one I always think about when I think about my sewing mistakes in general. Believe me, I've definitely made my share, but this one takes the cake.
A few year ago I was asked to make a gown for a friend who was celebrating her 10th Wedding Anniversary. I did it as a gift since I was new at sewing for others and wanted to get my work out there. So we found this pattern Butterick 6533.
And made this dress.....
As you can see the dress turned out quite well, her ceremony was beautiful, and my friend was so delighted that she paid me a nice sum for the dress. In addition I picked up 3 more clients just from the advertisement. Trust me a little Pro-Bono work goes a long way!!!
Ok, back to the point of this post. Although all ended well with this dress, it's thoughts of this dress that always remind me of one of my biggest, almost irreparable snafus. It all started when I was preparing to cut the dress out. I had the pattern pieces perfectly aligned and everything was ready to go. Well for some reason I had to mark something on the fabric. The fabric was a champagne colored crepe back satin. It was so beautiful. Well I grabbed my trusty blue chalk wheel, you know one of these things,
(I had/have a chalk wheel like the one on the right)
and make my mark. From what I remember, before I went into panic mode, is that I made a rather long mark and realized that I did so in the wrong place. When I proceeded to wipe the chalk away I noticed that it would not rub out. It was then that I realized the satin side of the crepe back satin (which was the right side of the garment I was working with) locked in the chalk and it wasn't coming out that easy. In hindsight I should have marked the wrong side of the fabric as I normally do. But I figured the chalk would easily brush out of any fabric. Which of course wasn't the case. So I thought I'd just rub a little more to get rid of the mark. And still, it didn't even show signs of lifting. So that's when I began to panic!!!! I washed the fabric only to find that the 4" long chalk blue line had faded just a little but still was somewhat evident. I washed it again and it faded out to almost barely noticeable. I think I ran in circles for about an hour frantically trying to figure out what to do. I didn't have any extra fabric---I think I bought all that was on the bolt. There was no going back, I had to make this work and move forward. So as a final solution and after all of that washing, I did a mad dash to rearrange all of the pattern pieces so that the blue mark would fall on the fish tail train. It did and was barely noticeable to anyone. I even explained it to my friend who didn't notice what I was talking about. I guess we as seamstresses are pretty anal about our work. Needless to say my snafu fortunately didn't ruin the dress.
In hindsight this isn't the worst thing that could possibly have happen. But I think it was the fact that I made this mistake on someone elses dress instead of my own that intensified the situation. But this snafus WILL FOREVER reign in my mind as my most memorable sewing mistake. That is, until I make another one that takes its place! I cringe at the very thought!!!! But hey, mistakes happen and I won't ever let the possibility of them stop me from sewing--and I know you won't either (wink). Besides, some of my greatest sewing lessons have been learned from my mistakes. Such is life...... How about you, what's your most memorable sewing mistake????? I'd love to here your story!!!