|Workshop sample - Whitework|
I've also been working on an embroidery project from a workshop I did at the beginning of March and that's still a work in progress. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I've been working on a cross stitch as well. Please tell me I'm not the only one who works on several projects at the same time.
With our Racing Carnival coming up in May I need an outfit to wear and I'm currently working on that. I decided I wanted to make a coat this year from a pattern I purchased in 2009 but haven't made up yet. This is my first time making a coat; surprising really since I've been sewing for so long. I guess it's one of those things that scare me. I'm not sure why but it does. Anyway, I figured if I'm going to go to the effort of making a coat I wanted to do it properly. I often have issues with fit because I'm lazy and don't do all the adjustments and make a muslin like I should before I cut my fabric but I really want to do this right. I've made two muslins and think it's a pretty good fit.
I selected a nice jaquard fabric and washed it according to the instructions on the bolt. I never pre-treat my fabric before sewing but there's a first time for everything and boy am I glad I decided to do it. The result...
I cant believe how much it SHRANK! 15 cm!! Yes you read that right. 15cm across the width. I don't know what I lost in the length. It never occurred to me to measure it, not being something I usually do and all that, until I had cut half of the pieces out at which time I realised I didn't have enough fabric. OMG what do I do now! Maybe there is still some left; at the very least I have to let the store know about this. I raced back to the store and yes they had some left. Phew! Breathe a sigh of relief. They gave me the rest of the bolt - 1.8 meters, at no charge. I hope there wont be any more problems like this to give me more reason to be scared of making coats, or maybe that's part of the challenge I have to come to terms with.
Do you have a fear of making certain garments? Are your fears justified? Do share what they are in the comments.