After sewing for clients for 50 years, you would think that maybe, just maybe, I have made all the stupid mistakes that can be made…wrong!
When making the second version of the kimono pattern, for Nancy, I was so busy basting fronts and backs and thought I had forgotten to trim the curved neckline of the center back. So, of course, I pinned the back pattern piece back unto the two front sections and trimmed off a nice crescent shaped piece of fabric. Do you know that ugly feeling when you discover you have done something almost not repairable? Yep, big time regret as the cut away pieces sat in my lap.
What can I do now? How about sewing them back on with the seams on the right side? Press the tiny seam up towards the shoulder seam and then plan the next move.
Here is the wrong side pressed up and topstitched:
OK, smarty pants…what next? With hardly any leftover fabric, I scrounge a couple strip to cover the mistake and also allow it to make a statement over the shoulder seams down to the wrists.
Stitch it 1.5 inches from the edge of the shoulder seam.
Flip the strip up to the shoulder seam to see what the chevrons do:
Top inside view of the front neckline:
Both shoulder seams are pinned WST:
The new strip is folded under 3/8 inch or so and pinned along the loose edge.
Inside view with pinning:
Different view before trimming of the shoulder seam:
The folded edge is chalked at one inch, pinned and then machine stitched flat. This way all the raw edges and seams are enclosed.
All that is left is to use bias binding along the entire neck edge down to the hem of the skirt section. The front waist seam is just basted to be sewn as a French seam.
Final back view of basted French seam at the hip. Like the other version, the skirt hem will be narrow hemmed by machine and a snap added at the front waist to keep it closed.
What is that yellow butterfly thing doing? Well, after seeing little baby flies emerging from the soil a month ago, I found these sticky fly traps on Amazon. They work great!
With the recent virus spreading and so many shortages predicted, less traveling and more home veggie cultivation may be the answer. Just tried to buy hand sanitizer for my 94 yr. old mother in assisted living…could I find any? Not one bottle!
So let’s all keep washing our hands well and avoiding folks who are coughing to protect ourselves! Staying home, if possible, and sewing is certainly the best option!