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ugg. I goofed

dotty | Posted in General Discussion on

I thought I was an experienced enough sewer to not bother reading the pattern layout. Not true apparently! I cut out a bag (a vogue pattern with a crossover bit). I merrily began sewing thinking, hey this is fun, no fitting, no ripping,etc. Then I realized that all the things I’d sewn up couldn’t fit together because you were supposed to cut them out with all pieces right side up. I was a little ticked that that had not been mentioned in bold type somewhere. I managed to piece together new pieces from the scraps(now I know why I save them).I’m not sure yet if the zipper will be ok over the pieced seam.I was not a happy camper last night.


  1. GailAnn | | #1

    Live and learn.  We have all done something similar.  I think that is how "Color Blocking" was invented.  Gail 

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Yep, been there, done that--and with Vogue patterns, too! Makes me wonder if the designers want us to believe we cannot reproduce their garments so that we'll have to go buy them ready-made...

  3. solosmocker | | #3

    I certainly have had my share of cutting booboos. Next time check the pattern layout page, normally page one. On Vogues there is a legend titled "Fabric Cutting Layouts." The right side of the pattern is shown as a white shape. The wrong side of the pattern is shown with little dots. Hope this helps for the next time. Other than this issue, I hope you are enjoying bag making. I have been making bags all week and find it so much fun. It is all straight sewing and really not too hard. what pattern are you using?

    If I had a dime for every time I didn't read my instructions and made a big boo I would be buying designer clothing, not trying to copy it! LOL! I hope you continue with your efforts and we are here for you if you need any kind of help or encouragement.


    Edited 12/6/2007 9:27 pm ET by solosmocker

  4. sewelegant | | #4

    I think you (any of us) can forget about feeling experienced enough to wing it on our own.  I am old enough to know that I'll be going to my grave with directions in my hand!

    I finally quit buying sewing books because I realized there was not a whole lot being written that I didn't already know or it was something being revisited.  However, there are a whole lot of new ways to do things... like computerizing and I think I read that pattern layout is all computerized these days and it must have figured out a way to economize on the amount of fabric needed and that meant sneaky layout!  Like you said, it would be nice to be forewarned.

    I just reread your comment and see that the layout wanted you to cut everything with a nap layout?  Now I am wondering how you cut yours out.

    Edited 12/7/2007 12:03 pm by sewelegant

    1. dotty | | #5

      It was vogue 8274.(view C or D) It wasn't a nap issue. The problem was that the two parts of the bag are flipped so that you need 2 identical pieces instead of 2 face to face pieces. Its been a bit of a brain strain. Usually I can see where a sewing project is going. This one threw me.

  5. sewtimely | | #6

    with one of my first bags I did the same thing, but I caught myself after cutting a couple pieces and had enough to correct it.  I like making bags, almost better than garments, but they are different.  I hope it all works out, don't give up.  They are so worth changing your way of sewing for when you carry them.

    I'm trying to come up with a simple design that wouldn't wear me out to sell for extra income. 

    Have a good and wonderful Christmas. 

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