Wadder City

Wadder: a technical term in sewing which means “to sew a garment and then discover it is truly horrendous, thereby resulting in the wadding of said garment and disposal into nearest refuse receptacle or relegation of wadder to dark corner or drawer”.

Yes, it has happened to me.  Case in point:




A closer look…


And another:


This was not was I was expecting to happen.  Needless to say, the collar/lapel isn’t being my friend.  I have plucked it apart with seam rippers over and over again but to no avail.  I just struggled with this stupid lapel and collar.  Believe or not, this is the best it got after all the fuss.  As a reminder, this is what the jacket was supposed to look like:



I still have the jodhpurs to sew.  I’m good at making pants so I don’t suppose that these will give me much difficulty but I also didn’t think the collar would be so tough, either.  On the other hand, it was my first attempt at this type of collar/lapel and I did not fully understand the steps.  I googled the best I could to get some sort of direction but those tutorials were different from the pattern instructions and the construction finally eluded me.

So, what do you do with a pattern that you no longer want to work on?  I simply do something else!  Sewing is a hobby and once it becomes a frustration, I lose interest.  After a couple of days thinking about what to do, I came up with a different outfit. 

Plan B was put into place.  I went to Goodwill and picked out a man’s button up top (because I figured it would be cheaper to buy one second-hand than to try to make one and at $6, I was right) and change the outfit to Meryl Streep in Out of Africa…


Instead of making the pants, I could make a long skirt with the same fabric that I was going to use for the jodhpurs.  I like the little pocket on the skirt.  Something along these lines…


A skirt would certainly be easier (and quicker) to make than pants. Now all I have to do is find the right pattern for the skirt and/or modify one I already have.

Wish me luck!

Happy Sewing!



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