The Humbling Art of Sewing

The Humbling Art of Sewing

This post is more of a summary of the last couple of weeks. I will be focusing on actual sewing projects (instead of my feelings) in future blog posts. I just really felt the need to get this off my chest.

While I haven’t been active on social media or my blog these past couple of weeks, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. There was A LOT of sewing going on. There just wasn’t much progress.

I attempted to sew three outfits last week. Only one turned out wearable, and it wasn’t for me.

Funnily enough, the one that turned out well was the only one I made a muslin for.

Today, I will be talking about the two projects that failed.

When I first started this blog, I promised to share the good, bad and ugly. I was doing well with the projects I was trying, so I got a bit cocky and overestimated my sewing skill set.

I attempted to make a Punjabi suit, and shared about it on my Instagram Stories.

To start this project, I began with the bottoms, called a salwar. The style I was attempting was the churidar salwar, and should have looked like the below.

Multicolor Yellow Color Cotton Chudidar Pant For Women
Image Source: India Mart

Here is what mine ended up looking like:

Using these instructions, I started cutting out the pattern for the salwar, but I didn’t consider the seam allowance. I tried to correct this by sewing even seam ripping and sewing even closer to the edge, but it was still tight.

The fabric was also pretty thin and ripped easily. As you can see above, Trying to get my feet into the salwar resulted in a bunch of rips.

I rang my Mum for advice (as she has experience in sewing Punjabi suits), and unfortunately, my Mum confirmed that there wasn’t anything I could do to make it my size due to the lack of fabric I had for it.

Trying not to be disheartened, I started again with different fabric, and the bottoms fit okay!

There were definitely some issues with how loose it was around my hips, but ultimately it was very comfortable, and something I wouldn’t mind wearing in public (as the ‘mistakes’ would be hidden by the top anyway).

Using these same instructions and a basic sloper, I was able to sew a top/kameez/chagha. While I did do that successfully, It was a bit too big on me, and rather unflattering.

I think I have to add some darts, and I probably can play around with it so it fits better. But I finally admitted that I didn’t have the knowledge or confidence to do that.

My outfit didn’t end up being ready in time for the event I was supposed to wear it to. 

I ended up shopping at the local mall as I couldn’t find anything at local thrift stores. Shopping at the mall was also very frustrating, as apparently no-one caters to the plus size petite market.

I did find something to wear eventually, and I thoroughly enjoyed the event without worrying about what I was wearing.

So, while I’ve experienced mostly sewing failures over this past week or so, I have learned a lot. 

I think I am going to make muslins for most projects from now on. I also need to accept that no matter how much I enjoy sewing, and despite my skills growing, I am still a beginner. That’s okay. I need to stop overestimating and overwhelming myself.

I’m also very much determined to start sewing my own clothes now. So, I need to figure out where to start with that…

The outfit that turned out well? It was this one for my daughter…

Picture of finished lengha

I made my kiddo a lengha style outfit, using the bodice from Butterick B6201, but using the sewing instructions from this video for the bodice, and to make a circle skirt. I found the instructions supplied with the Butterick pattern to be a little overwhelming.

To be honest, my kid would look beautiful in anything, but I have to admit, I had a sense of pride from all the compliments she got about her outfit!

As you may have noticed, she also loved it!

If you’ve sat through (what feels like) this pity party for me, I appreciate! I needed to moan about it. I’m ready to shake it off and get back to being friends with my sewing machine again!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with an easy, beginner friendly project!

Happy Sewing!


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