Sewing Blunders of the Spatially Clueless

Last week I wrote about going back to my sewing roots, and wondered whether I could even learn to make my own clothes. It so happens that Waif needs new pyjamas for the winter. A perfect first dressmaking project I thought. I bought a pattern, some fabric, and carefully cut out the required pattern pieces. So far, so good.

Before I go any further, it may be worth mentioning that I have rubbish spatial skills. At school, I had no problem with algebra or arithmetic but given problems involving symmetry or manipulation of shapes I was flummoxed (my maths teacher helpfully told me that this was “because you are a girl”. Harrumph). Anyway, I digress.

The next step in the process was to cut out the fabric. I carefully pinned the pattern pieces to my washed and pressed fabric, and meticulously cut around those pieces. Unfortunately, I had my folded fabric right side up, and wrong sides together, which means I have ended up with this:


Instead of two front pieces and two back pieces with the pirate design on, I have one front piece with pirate design and one front piece with the reverse of the design; likewise with the back pieces. Oh dear 😦

Luckily, I bought the fabric locally and it was pretty cheap, so I can get some more. And I am determined to get to grips with this! If only I had paid more attention to what my mum did when I was little and she made lots of our clothes…

Still, I can chalk this up to experience and move on. It’s not a mistake I will make again (and surely I am not the first person to do this?!) so I can look on it as a new skill learned. I now know which way to fold my fabric before cutting the pieces out!!

I am not going to give up. Onwards and upwards. I will master this!

Additionally, as a home educating parent, I think it is really important that the boys see that (a) I am learning something new; and (b) I make mistakes; and (c) I don’t give up after making a mistake, but use it to learn something. Job done πŸ™‚

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13 thoughts on “Sewing Blunders of the Spatially Clueless

  1. Ben Naga says:

    Re. your insensitive (could I say stupid?) maths teacher, can I just say I have a bit of a problem with the concept of “master”ing something. Not that you wrote this, but that there really ought to be a better word, and a way to look at the act of achieving a skill. 😦

  2. Andria says:

    Oh, Viv…this sounds EXACTLY like something I would have done. And, oh, I would have been so frustrated. I think it is awesome that you are able to have such a healthy attitude about sticking to it and trying again. You definitely have a knack for sewing, and you will certainly be able to figure this out!

  3. you are definitely setting a great example for your boys. I look forward to seeing this once you sort it out!

  4. I have definitely done this before!! Back in the beginning. You will absolutely master this! The best way to learn quick is f*cking it up! πŸ™‚

    • vivjm says:

      Oh yes, f**king up is defo the way to learn! There’s a quote I’ve seen that goes something like “if you have never made a mistake, you’ve never made anything”. I keep repeating that to myself as I blunder thru learning stuff!!

  5. πŸ™‚ Sewing is not something I’m very comfortable with, so I identify with this post! Thanks for sharing. You might inspire me to give it another go!

  6. willowwears says:

    It’s all part of the process, it make the finished article all the more special after a serious amount of head scratching πŸ™‚

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