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Sewing frustrations

This is probably one of the most frustrating sewing projects I finished this year. It all started with my attempt to make a cheongsam. I made a pattern test, it was fine. And then I chose the fabric from my stash that looked the most like a cheongsam fabric. Red cotton with golden ornaments.

I didn’t want to make a fake closure like I did with the pattern test, but a slit at the shoulder with tiny beads as a closure. Very fiddly, and I spent hours on making that. I don’t know why I didn’t notice it before I did all the work on the shoulder, but I didn’t: The fabric I picked was a Christmas themed fabric, and just above the waistline it read “Christmas”.

I decided to make the waist a bit higher and add the same satin I used to trim the shoulder parts to cover it. The dress has a zipper in the back, and I needed to test the position of the waist and satin ribbon with pins in the back, since I wanted to sew the ends down with the fold for the zipper.

Shouldn’t have done that, because I made the waist just those annoying 4mm too high. The additional red and gold cord I used to make the waist look a bit lower doesn’t really work. I guess I should have just left the “chri” where it was and nobody would have noticed. At least I know the pattern fits if I do it right.

Maybe I will make an attempt at it again some day (and draw the pieces on the right side of the fabric next time). The black wig I chose for Roux just for the pictures doesn’t really work for her either.


This post is not exactly a happy post, and I will end it with a few words about something that has been worrying me for some time now. I wasn’t sure if I should write anything about it at all. Everybody is entitled to taking a break. Dear Balljointedwoman, I very much hope that whatever keeps you from going online is temporary. I hope you will be well and back again some day. I miss you and I worry about you.

8 thoughts on “Sewing frustrations”

  1. Nice choice of fabric for your cheongsam Mia, but I’d leave the gold belt off if I were you, it only draws more attention to the waistline. If you had left it as you had cut the fabric and hadn’t said anything I doubt if I would have noticed that you had even made an error in placing your pattern. Sometimes we are our own worst critic. But I know how you feel, and it will niggle at you until you remake the dress entirely. Nevertheless I like it, in particular the finish you gave the button closure at the shoulder, it’s beautifully done.
    Big hugs,

    1. Thank you so much for the constructive criticism, now that you mention it I can see it. Thank god the gold belt is just a belt, nothing attached to the dress. I was so upset (about a lot of things) that I was a bit blind. Now I feel better. I will put it away for a while and some day I will make another attempt. Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. I agree with Xanadu, the gold belt draws too much attention. However, the pattern and fit are excellent! I used to “suffer” from the same problem of doing the real fastening positions on dolls clothes (i.e. a pant with the fastening on the front) until I realised that doll cltohes will always look better with fake fastenings.

    Anyways, please let me join you in expressing my worry for Baljointedwoman. I haven’t seen her in some time, and I also worry about ther D:

    1. Thank you! I guess you are right. Next time I’ll make a fake fastening :D.
      Yes. It’s just not like her. She wrote something about a cataract treatment some time ago, but I think if she had planned that she would have announced her absence.

  3. This dress has some very beautiful details, I know you’re not happy about it but nevertheless, it looks really good to me. πŸ™‚ I love the little buttons closure. But I know how it feels when something doesn’t turn out as you wished, and I hope you will try again, it’s worth it! I hope Balljointedwoman is doing alright.

  4. It’s like I was reading about myself… I get frustrated about things like that too! And as it was already written above – nobody would notice it. But I think it’s just how we are. Sometimes I rip half of the already finished cloth because it’s not like I wanted it. And I’m afraid I won’t change. xD

    Removing the belt is a better option, I agree with Xanadu and Masume. Despite these annoying details, I think the dress turned out beautifully. The cut is perfect and the pattern on the fabric is just fantastic.

    I know the feeling when someone among the blog firends is quiet longer than usual. I hope everything is fine.

    1. Thank you :). I am glad I am not the only one who gets upset about stuff like that. But like you I don’t think that will change. Too bad it’s fitted to her bust size, else I could just try it on a smaller doll. I think I will take pictures without the belt and see how it looks. And this time with her usual hair :).

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