Tuesday, January 15, 2013

One. Errant. Snip.

The Craft Lounge is still being used as a guest bedroom on the weekends (4 weeks and counting, folks). 

Since I mostly sew on the weekends, it's really taking a big bite out of my sewing time. But last night I was determined to finish my vintage slip (aka: red silk vintage frosting). It turned into one of those reminders of why I don't sew at night. Or on Mondays.

One errant snip. (And a slip teaser)

Naturally, this ill fated snip happened mere seconds after congratulating myself on finishing the slip. I don't know where things went wrong; I was innocently snipping a stray thread from the seam allowance.

So, it looks like my knee-length slip will now be a slightly above-the-knee-length slip. D'Oh!!!

Am I the only genius who does things like this? 

33 comments:

Ginger said...

SHHHHHHHHHH*********TTTTTT!!! Oh, that is MADDENING! I'm so sorry, girl!

puu said...

i completely did this to a dress i own. and a skirt. they are both now much shorter than i originally planned!

K_Line said...

Well there's that time that my serger went crazy and cut two inches into the waist of a dress. That thing was always just slightly too small. And I was hateful as it was the most labour-intensive thing. No two ways about it, these sort of mishaps are really sucky. Sorry your gorgeous slip has a booboo.

Evie said...

That is one pretty slip...and no it's not just you...I once mistook the front of a top for spare fabric and cut another pattern piece out of it. Big square hole resulted!

Annie said...

Of course you are not alone. Scissors can be cruel. But slightly above knee can be sexy.

Reethi Jagannathan said...

Oh dear. I read the title of your post and thought - this can't be good. If you can live with it, I usually fuse a tiny piece of the same fabric over the tear, and stitch it down. It works ok if the pattern's a bit busy - which I know your slip isn't - but at least you won't have to redo that beautiful hem?

Faye Lewis said...

No you are not the only one! So sorry for your snip up on the beautiful slip!

Peter said...

Argh! I ruined a shirt that way; fortunately it was made from a cotton poly sheet, but still... Surely you could repair that cut with a needle and thread -- I mean, you knit socks, fergawdsakes!

Peter said...

This is why I never drink and serge.

oonaballoona said...

frigging horrible. those are just the WORST. i hope you had a cocktail directly after.

Carol S said...

How about a triangle of lace detail to hide it?

Clio said...

LOL - Yeah, not without it being an eye sore.

Clio said...

There is a "friends don't let friends drink and craft" policy in my house. Sadly, I didn't start drinking until after the incident, so I can't blame the booze.

Clio said...

They are cruel, aren't they?!?!? I never thought of it like that, but so true!

Sofie Mitropoulos said...

Oh don't feel alone there! That slip is beautiful (what I've seen) and at least you can make it a bit shorter. I did this on a red duchess satin gown I was making for Y2K celebrations... I overlocked a long hole in the side panel (6 panel long gown) so the only saving was (is - I still haven't done it) to cut a new panel. I cried my eyes out, then went out a bought a beautiful beaded black long dress and I love it too. I knew the title meant exactly that - sorry for you!

Nina Suluh said...

I've done this before. A good friend of mine once gave me her mother's advice about sewing: don't do it when it's dark out. Which severely limits some of my sewing time. I'm not sure it even really cuts down on my mistakes, either. I make plenty of them in broad daylight. But, yeah, don't sew when you're tired. It's only an exercise in frustration.

Gwendolyn LeLacheur said...

I think that's what cute little appliques are for--to cover up a little snips!

T. Sedai said...

So frustrating! And, no, you are not alone at with making silly errors with scissors. It looks gorgeous from the sneak peak - I hope you can fix it!

Maggie Smith said...

That is just plain awful! And you are not alone. I will say that stupid mistakes like that always seem to happen to me at the end of the project, too! Hopefully you can figure something out. Can't wait to see the finished slip !

Elizabeth Larsen said...

Bummer!!!! Love the lace trim though.

Clio said...

Always at the end! Never at the beginning when you could just re-cut the piece!

Clio said...

Oh! I would have cried, too!

Elle C said...

I did exactly the same thing on a skirt many years ago, only the cut was a V shape and it was almost exactly at the crotch, so there was no fixing it. Oh, yes it was supposed to be a gift, for my Mom. Did I ever swear.

Clio said...

Oh dear! There really isn't a fix that wouldn't leave you with crazy crotch, is there?

Clio said...

Oh geez. I hope you were eventually able to laugh about it.

Clio said...

Wow, it is so encouraging to know that others have mishaps with sharp objects, too!

Suzanne said...

Nooooooooooo!!!!! This is the stuff my nightmares are made of.

Cuada Designs cuada said...

I've made the mistake of cutting something out on my lap, and managed to cut through the top I was wearing at the time..d'oh!

Tia Dia said...

Ugh! I wail in high decibels when I accidentally snip garments in the most obvious places! I am glad for you, though, that it was so close to the hem and no the CF at crotch level like I did once.... on a bridesmaid dress.... with 3 days left to the wedding.... and no matching fabric to be found in the city ANYWHERE! Love your red silk.

Clio said...

D'oh! Oh my goodness!

Clio said...

Yikes! Were you able to find a solution?

Kathleen H. said...

Oh no! Could you do a little eyelet embroidery to mask it?

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oh how sad!!! I'm so sorry to see this. I have done this many times, with scissors and with the serger. As others have mentioned, in a print a fix generally isn't too terrible-looking. On a solid? Forget it. Shorter is sexier anyway, right?