(or, why you should always have a flight plan…)
I was buzzing along this morning, marking, thread-tracing, and cutting out my pattern pieces. Â Because I was basting along the seamlines, I didn’t bother cutting the pattern pieces to a precise seam allowance, instead allowing a good 1.5-2″ border around the edges of each pattern piece. Â I had finished marking and cutting out the four pattern pieces for the right side of the garment, and had just written a blog post about the benefits of thread-tracing seamlines, when I went to post this photo:
and somewhere through the back of my brain drifted a single word…”Interfacing?”
I had planned to back the fabric with a fusible interfacing, to give it more body. Â And had, of course, forgotten to fuse before marking. Â Alas, fusible interfacing fuses to the wrong side of your fabric, meaning it would obliterate my carefully basted seamlines. Â Worse, unless I removed the markings, the fusible interfacing would bond the stitches permanently into the fabric. Â I would have to rip out the markings I had spent three days making, and start over.
Of course, I had already cut the fabric. Â If I had cut it with the usual narrow seam allowances, I would have been toast, because I wouldn’t have had enough leeway to reposition the pattern pieces properly. Â But, because I left giant, wide seam allowances, I have some wiggle room. Â Thus, I can remove all the markings, fuse the fabric to the interfacing, re-position the pattern piece, and re-trace the seamlines. Â This is absolutely the ONLY reason I’m not screaming at the walls. Â Yes, it sucks losing three days of work, and it will be a royal pain to fix. Â On the other hand, I don’t have to re-weave any ruined panels, so it’s not a total disaster. Â But it was a narrow escape indeed!
So tonight I will go home and do two things:
- Remove all my laboriously basted markings, fuse the interfacing to the fabric, and begin the slow, laborious process of repositioning pattern pieces and re-marking the seamlines.
- PUT TOGETHER A PROJECT PLAN! so I don’t do this again.
The project plan will basically be a full set of instructions for what to do when, during the entire course of the sewing. Â I can then proofread it and check it against my resources, to make sure I do the right things in the right order, and don’t screw up again. Â “Winging it” has its place, but not on this project!