Video: Sew Many mistakes

Despite my best intentions and decades of sewing, I still mess up my sewing regularly. Oftentimes because I don’t follow my own advice, go figure!

Anyhoo, in this video, I share some of the mistakes I’m currently struggling with, Mostly when I skip the prep work or keep sewing when I really should go to bed! For instance, this weekend I stayed up until 2 AM to finish a skirt, and it’s a miracle nothing too bad happened since I was in haze for the last few hours.


  • Nancy Karpen
    July 16, 2019 at 12:44 am

    LOL! It really asks for mistakes to sew until 2 in the morning. You are lucky not to have made any serious mistakes. I just finally finished a top where I made more mistakes than I’ve made in awhile. I was working with a black cotton knit. Very nice quality that really was hard to tell right from wrong side. I dutifully use blue tape to mark the wrong side. I still made mistakes! I was very happy to get rid of it in my studio, by finishing it late this afternoon. I no longer sew anywhere near 2 am since I definitely make mistakes late at night. Not worth it.

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      Yes sometimes projects are riddled with mistakes despite us doing good prep work, I’ve found that one mistake often triggers more, I wonder if it interrupt the flow of our concentration or something?

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    July 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    My biggest mistake is not taking time to make a muslin of a new pattern. I find it time consuming but I am starting to spend more time with it and drafting my patterns. I typically use burda pdf and paper patterns since I can pretty much guarantee a good fit. I always check the finished garment measurements before I begin. I can’t tell you the number of times i have cut, sewed and finish a garment to find that it is too small. As part of this process i have started developing master patterns for tired and true fit garments (provided no extra weight gain). I now check new patterns against these for better fit.

    As far as sewing: friday’s are alway pattern and fabric selection, typically drafting and cutting into the fabric, saturdays are construction all day with 5 large diet pepsi’s to keep me going until mid nite. I make sure I walk away from it. Sundays are for finishing details, mondays are for wear it. I use industrial sewing technique and garment construction order, I rarely need to following instruction, I find burda’s instruction don’t necessary work to give the most professional result.

    I also completely agree on fabric choices. Sewing is costly and time consuming that is why everyone just buys cheap rtw. Buying great fabric is an investment and what I try to achieve is high end rtw looks using industrial sewing techniques. I never have any one ask me “did you make that” but “where did you get that” , the goal is to make a great garment that would normally cost 100’s to 1000’s of dollars to purchase for a fraction of the price. and look liked you stepped off the fashion runway.

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Yes not checking the fit and sizing is something we have all done! I wonder if we think that the pattern maker was somehow psychic and knew exactly how to construct a pattern that fits our own unique body exactly!


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