You and I won’t be going places

March 21, 2010 10 Comments

You and I won’t be going places

March 21, 2010 10 Comments

Okay so I have made a total wadder. Sigh. I was super excited about this new cardigan design, I had it all planned out and even did a dummy in a different fabric that looked good enough. But the end result is just yuck. Everything streched out and is just a baggy mess, like an Anthropologie cardigan on a really bad day. Or something one wears in a hospital or possible in jail, as my boyfriend noted. 

The fabric is the main problem I think, it is a slinky rayon/cotton knit that needs to be kept firm, otherwise the end result will be a slouchy mess. I tried to hem the cardigan with both coverstiching, invisible hem and the walking foot – but all three failed miserable. This one is heading straight to the bin.

But first here are some lovely detail shots from my pocket experiments:

Hated the first bow design so I tried to cut it loose.
But I had attached the bow so hard with hand stitching that I couldn’t remove it.
Another pocket design after the first bow failure. Incidentally, this one didn’t work either.
Johanna Lundström

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  • Ann's Fashion Studio March 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Oh that is disappointing. The color of this fabric is so nice. Maybe you can re-fashion it into something else.

  • Johanna March 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    >>Ann: Yes, I have actually been thinking about reusing the larger parts of the cardigan, and I do have more fabrics as well. I think I might have a new idea that will work better in this fabric, but it is not an easy material to work with!

  • sdBev March 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oh I hate it when that happens. I just had one that went straight to the Goodwill box (charity donation). I was particularly pi$$ed because I made the size larger and used narrower seams. Oh well I see that I'm in good company.

  • Gail March 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    You know it wouldn't look so bad with a white tshirt underneath. The blouse makes it look too big and well, frumpy.

  • Johanna March 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    >>sdBev: Yes it is always such a disappointment, I even tried to pretend it looked okay for a day, but the next day reality hit me big time!

    >>Gail: Yeah I agree, the match is wrong. But I also think the problem is that I can't carry those big loose styles, my stature is just not impressive enough. It might be easier if I was closer to 170 cm than 160 cm!

  • Nancy K March 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I feel your pain, I recently had a wadder with a tnt pattern, but the fabric was just a stretchy mess due to poor handling on my part.

  • Johanna March 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    >>Nancy K: Oh yes those stretchy fabrics, they can really let you down! And they require a surgeon's delicate touch. I find it intriguing how the choice of fabric can totally change the shape of the garment. This pattern is also a TNT and still, somehow, it all went very wrong,

  • Antoinette March 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Your facial expressions are awesome! 🙂 It is a pretty color. Hope you can do something fun with it.

  • Johanna March 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

    >>Antoinette: Hehe, I was trying to evoke the reaction I had when my otherwise super enthusiastic and supportive boyfriend said it looked like something one would wear in jail!

  • melissa March 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oh dear. Sometimes it's so hard to just walk away and say "it's not me, it's you!" We could spend weeks trying to fix a bad pattern, or we can just sever and move on. Now you just need a quick, fun project to lift you back up again!

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