April 18, 2011


THE BAD NEWS:  ... well, after completely flubbing up my last Over the Top challenge garment (I'm convinced the fault layed in  my fabric choice (too drapey) and not with the pattern.  It's been a while since I've had a bona fide wadder, so it took me a little while to come to terms with this one.  Wadders can be dangerous for me in that they tend to attack me emotionally.  Wadder - I hate that word as much as I hate the meaning.  Got to try to come up with a suitable alternative.  I got a grip on Sunday afternoon by placing it in "Exterior file 13" -  out at the curb.  Sometimes I put these types of things in the "Interior file 13", but end up digging them back out to sulk over.  I kinda wanted to force somebody else to take this one  like Elaine May. the Selfish Seamstress suggested in her recent Vogue Magazine article.

THE GOOD NEWS:   The sulking has ended now and I officially started the Bottom's Up Challenge yesterday by sifting through patterns trying to make a decision as where to start.  After narrowing my selection down to two patterns I decided on Simplicity 4135, an oldie and I hope goody.  I'll start on the muslin tonight.

MORE GOOD NEWS:  The Bottom's Up Challenge is still open. You can read more about it here; you must leave your email address if interested.  The Bottom's up Challenge ends April 30th.

NOTE:  JACKIE O, I still need your email address to add you in the challenge.

NOTE:  After leaving your email address you will be sent an invitation.  You must respond to the email to be officially entered into the challenge...


  1. I'm glad your wadder didn't get you down for long. I know exactly what you mean--they tend to bum me out as well. Great you're starting another challenge. Your sewing mojo is FIERCE!!! I'm scared of you! LOL! BTW, let me go ahead and email you while I'm thinking about it....

  2. After I consider poking my eyes out, I tend to put them out on the lawn too! (And then I call it a learning experience.)

    PS - I LOVE that pants pattern.

  3. I'm sorry your wadder got you down...and you are right, we should come up with a better name! Good luck on your pants! I am considering some white (eek!) linen pants for summer.

  4. I'm the same way. Wadders (and I also hate the term) have a real emotional effect on me. Never a good thing for me.

  5. I have trouble a lot of times as well matching fabric to top patterns... I feel like dresses are so much easier to get the right fabric!

  6. Ooooh, I can so understand the frustration. I did try to do what one instructor told me years ago: "you just had a sewing lesson or two with that project." Of course sometimes, I have A LOT of sewing lessons in a row but it does help me put that time and effort in perspective. Not a perfect answer but at least it helps me reframe the experience and get me back to more successful sewing. Good luck on your next project!

  7. Oh Faye so sorry...my last Over The Top Challenge project was a wadder too! But looks like you're ready to move forward on the next project with a great pattern. Good Luck!



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