Thursday, June 17, 2010

What the heck I'm I going to do with this?

So remember that polka dot dress I made and posted about a while back? Well it has been the real roadblock (bane of my existence) to my finishing up some unfinished projects. I followed the pattern to a T (very unlike me) and the dress just hangs off my kid and is impossible to get on and off (maybe it would be fine in a knit).

Anyway, I created these tabs to add to the "straps" that got formed when I cut apart my shoulder seams. I thought I'd get all fancypants and do some sort of French seam to hide all the garbage from the reconstruction but because of all the bulk, my machine refuses to do a pleasant topstitch. I decided to cover it up with a zigzag stitch with disastrous results.

I'm angry that I had to do all this. I'm angry that it's not going well. And I refuse to cut these off and start over. I want to cover it up. Help.


angie.a said...

Well, i went and looked at the dress and it is SO cute! Well worth the effort to save it. (Your baby is a doll too, btw.)

What about stitching some matching rickrack or trim around the seamline? I know you're probably sick of fooling with it by now! But you could hand-tack the trim/rickrack down so your machine wouldn't goof it up. I do that kind of stuff while watching tv. :D Or, you know, you could even fabric glue it down. Who's gonna know??

Beth Lemon said...

Thank you! I really considered just using some glue but I found some wide yellow ribbon and was able to stitch it down along the edges just missing the bulk of the seam. I think it looks okay. I'll have to take some pictures tomorrow as said toddler is wild and cranky today.

But it's good just to be DONE with it.

Caroline said...

I so hate when that happens. It's usually late a night, you are so close to finishing something, and your stitching just won't look pretty! Tonight I sewed a strap to a dress 4 times before I could get it right! I was talking to the fabric saying 'Really? Really now, you are going to do that again? Why won't you just stop pulling that way? And how many times is the thread going to pull out of the needle before I pull enough to the back!!!'

Beth Lemon said...

I know! Sometimes things just don't go your way.