7.22.2012

r.i.p


what have i done to deserve this? i mean... i'm a good person... i pay my taxes. i don't talk ill of the dead. i only tell the good kind of lies... sure there's that affection for astrology and crystals - but that's mostly all a joke... 

perhaps this seems a bit overly dramatic. let me explain. i'm working on another pair of jeans. a white pair. in all respects this pair is exactly the same as the last pair except that they're white. but i tell you this now... not a single step in sewing this pair has gone right! i sewed the fly closed - twice (i was even following my own stinking tutorial!) i've broken or bent three - three twin needles (the first one i threw away in a fit of rage so the evidence does not exist to show you) i managed to get the fabric sucked down so far into the feed dogs i literally had to take apart my machine to get it out. there was this moment where my ironing board decided to collapse on me and i did this really weird slow dance with it to prevent the hot iron falling and burning me half to death. even when i decided i needed to take a break and eat some lunch i totally lost my shit on a container of arugula. pms much....

anyway... if these jeans make it to the other side unscathed - we'll both be different people (or... umm... pants...)

so, you know, just in case you thought it was only you that had totally bizarro accidents happen to you while sewing...its not...

xx

update: i just sewed the back yoke's on backwards. i am officially done for the day. 


23 comments:

  1. I'm feeling your pain... better karma tomorrow?

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  2. What a pain in the effing ass. I went through some similiar trials on that infernal swimsuit. Sometimes you just need to walk away, have a drink and pet the cat. Looks like you got that covered. Also- white jeans?! Yippee!!

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  3. I feel your pain.  Tomorrow is a new day!

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  4. I hear you!. Don't give up. Maybe stop this project for a few days and do something non-sewing related because I don't think your Sewing Planets are aligned.

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  5. Oh do I feel your pain. Enjoy your drink and come back to it tomorrow--but whatever you do, keep that drink away from it though!!! Red really loves to stain anything white....

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  6. Boo. Good sewing must not be in the stars for today. (Sadly, The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need has no entries on sun/moon/sewing signs...). I've been working on an ill-fated Hazel dress all day. It was supposed to be fast & easy. It's been neither. And though my sewing skills don't begin to rival yours, I'm annoyed at how "holly-hobby" the whole project is looking right now. Hrumph. 

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  7. Bahaha thanks for the light relief. 

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  8. Haha, sorry to laugh but it does make me feel a hell of a lot better - I managed to break two needles and snap a pin in half with the sewing machine on my last project - and it was only a cotton dress!

    Hope it's all going ok again now though.

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  9. There is definitely a bad sewing fairy out there ruining a whole lot of our projects. She will pass and then it will be all right again.

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  10. Take a break from it for a week. By doing something else. Doesn't have to be sewing. Anything creative.. Also, with snapping pins-or bending them like that- it usually means the fabric is being pulled (by you or by the machine) through the feed dogs faster than the speed at which the needle pops in and out of it. I.e. the needle was still in the fabric while the fabric moved forwards>> the needle bent. Adding this to your fabric getting sucked into the cogs= you might need to get the tension reset. 

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  11. lol... isn't it so true; we have days where nothing goes right and it sure seems like some sort of sewing curse :P I know exactly the dance you did with the iron too ;) break the curse by doing some mindless mending, then whoop those white jeans into submission, girl! :)

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  12. Awwww man that sucks so much!! I had a similar situation happen to me and a Colette Negroni shirt. I sewed the sleeves inside out THREE TIMES! One of those times involved me ripping out a serged edge, only to sew it on incorrectly again. So not cool on my part. 

    I would definitely take a break and then come back when you're ready to conquer the pants off of those pants!! You will not be defeated!! (is my pep talk working? lol)

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  13. Egad!  What a perfect shitstorm!  I'm so sorry!  I had one of those frustrating episodes last night-- was finishing seams slowly and carefully (OK, that's a lie, I was going too fast bc the man was anxious for me to quit making noise with the serger so he could watch Breaking Bad) and ended up catching the body of the fabric along with the seam allowance in THREE SEPARATE PLACES.  Yep, three holes in my damn lining.  Let's just skim over the part of the story where I started crying and then went on a rant about how I didn't want to go to work the next day, I hate my job, I hate my life, I'm not good at anything, etc. ETC.  UGH. 

    I wish you a better day tomorrow.  If it makes you feel any better, it's SO going to be worth it-- white jeans will look GREAT on you!

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  14. I totally feel your pain on this! I've had some really bad sewing karma days, too... and I totally know the hot iron dance! :P I say you kill that karma with some mindless mending and then go back full force and show those jeans who's boss! ^__^

    BTW, I've been having some trouble with my comments showing up on RSS feed but I've switched to following you via BlogLovin so we'll cross our fingers that it works now ^__^

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  15. Ugh, I understand. I had the trousers from hell last summer. Nothing went right. Sometimes I think it's just psychological when it all goes wrong and I wish I had to strength to walk away for a bit. Whenever I get to one of those points, whether with sewing or some other project that is just one disaster or "can't find this!" after another, Derek always says. "Honey, what are you REALLY frustrated about?" I have my very own therapist. ;)

    Hey at least you didn't lose a toenail! (Hope not.)

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  16. Aaargh, how frigging frustrating for you! I hate how virtually identical makes can behave so differently in the making! Take a good break away from the white jeans and I'm sure coming back to them refreshed will be a much better experience for you! Good luck!!!

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  17. It MUST be the moon!  Last night+me+backward binding+an invisible zipper sewn perfectly only to find out that when zipped, the right side was almost 2 inches shorter than the left...Sometimes it's just smart to gently place the garment down, push away from the table, push your chair in, grab a bottle and take a sip (ice and glass no necessarily required). :)

    Can't wait to see your finished product though (don't touch it again until you're ready...even if that means white pants in winter!). :)

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  18. oh how I love your writing. Hilarious. I've had my horrible sewing moments but I'm glad you're trucking through. I know you can do it! Just keep at it girl!

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  19. I feel your pain.  Hang in there and try tomorrow!

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  20. Sofie MitropoulosJuly 24, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Oh, I'm glad you didn't burn yourself..... having said that, I laughed my head off. Feel your pain... sometimes the universe tells me to just let it go for the day and now I have learned to listen early instead of my usual which was to push through it. You can't... a Campari is nice instead!

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  21. Alessa TschaftaryJuly 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Aww no! Calling it quits and having a drink sounds like an excellent decision. But honestly, some days just are like that. Better luck tomorrow!
    Also, yay! White jeans!

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  22. Yeah, I hate that!  It's like getting sucked into a black hole.  And yeah, sometimes I go to the kitchen and screw up there too.  But usually, doing something else can convince me that I still have some coordination/brain power left, somewhere.  Hope things are going better by now!

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  23. oh dear :( i'm amazed though, the other jeans are great! oh wise one!

    http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2012/08/free-printable-sewing-is-cheaper-than.html ??

    Barnicles

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