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What’s on My Sewing Table: A Project Worth Remaking

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Have you ever had one of these projects? Being the good seamstress that you are, you make a muslin. There are a few minor adjustments, but nothing that puts your rulers, pencil, and eraser into overdrive – they only get a short cardio workout. You prewash and if the fabric is striped or has a large motif, you match everything up at the seams. You clip all thread tails and remember to sew that hook and eye you never attach because it’s the last, teeny tiny step. Finished, you try on the final piece and… your don’t really like it. Yes, every project ends up somewhere different than what you first envisioned, but as long as it’s on par with what you had in mind going into the project, that’s okay. This is that kind of project. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. There are enough minor changes that it’s worth making another sample. So that’s what I’m going to do – try again. It’s a little frustrating to make another, but in the end, it will be worth it. I mean, come on, the pattern is a matching top and short set – what’s not to love about that!?

So I’ll leave you with a snippet of this project and ask you again, have you ever had one of these projects? Did you remake it or just let it be?

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    Ooooooh lady, have I EVER. This happens at some point in any design I work on. Some pieces I never end up totally happy with, but a good number pull through in the end. Can’t wait to see the finished project- that preview picture looks so cute! It’s going to turn out great!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      thanks for the encouragement Melissa!

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    It happens to me as well. What really puzzles me is that sometimes I make a test garment first, from a fabric I otherwise would not have used, and end up LOVING it. Later on when I make my “real” garment out of the “real” fabric I end up not liking it as much as the test garment. Both are from the same pattern, made with the same techniques, and yet…

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      Maddie Flanigan

      how funny!

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    um. SHOES MUCH?!

    sorry. totally distracted by the amazing footwear.

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    Sorry, I’m with Marci! Can’t. Stop. Looking. At. SHOES!!

    but, yes of course, this has happened to me, and I usually just banish said garment to the back of the closet and move onto to something else.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I bought them about 3 years ago – they’ve made a couple of appearances on the blog – and boy, do I get comments every time I wear them. I love them!

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    Looks good so far, and those are amazing shoes! This just happened to me, with a simple silk blouse that I loved up until I did the hem. Then, suddenly, it didn’t work anymore. I’m still trying to figure this one out, it’s worth saving too!

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    Natasha Estrada

    I just let duds be. I have one on my dress form right now. I had altered the pattern last one night many months ago but but put it away without fixing the armhole and when I pulled it out to cut I had forgotten that.

    I might fix the pattern and try again but in general a dud is a dud.

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    Hiya Maddie, I have been away but missed your posts! If you like the basic style why not make another? Sometimes I make something but I didn’t quite get the fabric right, so I want to try it in a better fabric to see what it does. Or maybe I notice some fitting stuff that I want to see if I can get better at… I kinda like making the same thing twice! (or 3 or 4 times…)

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    F K

    Those shoes are beautiful! Love the matching top/shorts set!

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