One of the most disappointing feelings in the entire world is when your project becomes a disaster. You spent all that time in the fabric store searching for the perfect material. Your combined coupons still didn’t save you from going over budget, but that’s okay because you just know this project is going to be so worth it. You cleared off your station and turned on your favorite Spotify playlist, feeling jazzed to see how your project turns out and imagining all the compliments you’ll get. But then things go awry. Nothing’s looking right. The machine and the fabric are not getting along. You’re getting discouraged as you realize that your dream project is becoming an epic sewing fail.
What went wrong? Don’t get too bummed. It happens to even the most experienced seamstresses and crafters out there. It may be tempting to give up, but don’t throw in the towel before considering the following possibilities.
Did You Read All Of The Instructions?
If you’re following a pattern or tutorial, some of the steps may be hard to follow. Before beginning your project, read all of the instructions carefully to see what you’ll be getting into.
Check out Pinterest or Instagram to see if anyone has made the project before. You may be able to ask someone for pointers. Or you might be able to contact the person or company that created the pattern for your project. I’m sure they’d be more than happy to help!
Did You Use The Right Fabric?
Certain projects call for certain fabrics. We tend to view the “recommended fabrics” on a sewing pattern as “fabric suggestions that we don’t really have to use if we don’t want to”, but sometimes there’s no escaping it. It’s reasonable to expect that, if you’re making a pouch, a sturdier canvas or twill would be more appropriate than rayon. That wrap dress you’re dying to make would look perfect with that dark monstera leaf print, but it’s canvas! It won’t drape as beautifully as a silk or crepe would. While exceptions can be made sometimes, it’s best to stick to what’s recommended.
Did You Lose Your Inspiration?
No matter how excited you are about your project, your inspiration can disappear without warning. Whether it’s because you feel deceived by the instructions or your fabric isn’t cooperating, you can lose your desire to finish the project. But guess what: it’s okay if you press pause on it for a while! Set it aside in your pending projects spot, and move on to the next one. Or take a break from making anything altogether. It’s okay. I give you permission to stop for a minute. Sometimes all you need to do to get your inspiration back is to step away. Also, scrolling through Pinterest and seeing everyone else’s makes can do the trick, too.
What was your most recent sewing fail? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!