Fail February

This idea came from a fellow sewing blogger. So many of us tend to not share our fails. Not sure if we’re embarrassed or simply think you won’t care to see it. Well February will now become our time to share those fails!

My fail dates back to July of 2015. It was my last make before I packed up my machines to move. It should have been a joyful moment and a teary goodbye to the place where I fully embraced sewing and made it a large part of my life. Instead it was riddled with “what the hell is going on?” “I did what the instructions said to!” “This looks like shiiiittttt!” So maybe it was tearful but for the wrong reasons.

I decided to tackle an easy vintage reprint pattern Simplicity 1364 view b. I still had left over fabric from the Butterfly Tank Tutorial post. It was just enough to complete this shirt pattern. One change I made was no zipper or hook and eye. The neck line is big enough to forgoe it. Why tackle a zipper when you don’t have to do it?

Fail Shoulder
Little pointy hands of shame!

Everything was going well. There’s so few pattern pieces that it sews up quick. I made bias tape from the butterfly fabric. This could have been the tipping point. The fabric is stiff and decently thick. It should not be used for bias tape. I jacked up the top stitching too. I think I had the thread tension set too tight.

Fail Neck
As if that isn’t enough for a fail, look at the neck. This stupid piece isn’t top stitched down. It’s under stitched. Again I blame the fabric. If it wasn’t so stiff it wouldn’t keep trying to creep up and out.

Full Shirt
That’s it. That’s my horrible fail. I’m so ashamed! I look forward to my yearly soul cleansing. Thanks Rachel from Sew Red-y!


  1. Oooh thanks for keeping the Fail February idea going and for sharing yours! Honestly the last picture of you wearing the top makes it look super cute, but I see how the binding flipping all over the place would drive you nuts. Plus some fabrics just destroy a good idea if they’re not the right fit. But hey, at least we learn from our fails! 😀

    1. If you don’t look too closely at it, it does look fine. I tried wearing it and spent the entire day fussing with it. 😦 Sometimes sewing does become a science experiment!

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