Woven Mountain Views
This was one of those “Awesome fabric + Simple pattern = Instant success” equations where the math went stupendously wrong. Here’s Simplicity 1099, slim view, in a double sided woven fabric from Mood NY’s top floor.
I had a little over a yard of this beauty, which I believe has some silk in it. It was wide enough to accommodate all 3 pieces of this SUPER easy pattern, while still allowing careful print placement. And I was oh, so careful! Tracing shapes of mountains at seams, laying tissue out until it was seamless– cutting was the biggest part of this hike, and I CLIMBED THAT MOUNTAIN, YO! Ready to claim victory, I basted the whole skirt together. The front seam: perfection! I squealed, I raised my Kalkatroonan Flag…
then I caught the side view.
WHAT THE WHAT?! The rage that followed!!!! Listen, when you’ve spent 80% of your sewing time cutting out the pattern, thinking you’ve matched every little peak up to perfection, THERE IS ANGER. THERE IS SELF INFLICTED ANGER. How did I manage to do this to myself?
Did I mention this was a simple pattern? Well, it is. So simple, it’s apparently easy to lose track of which seam is which. Especially when you think you don’t need notches, because the pattern is THAT SIMPLE. No, you just go on ahead and leave those notches out, thaaaaat’s right, you’re so advanced, flipping the fabric for interest, matching up those mountains at the side seams… only, when you were cutting, you matched those mountains from side back seam to center front seam.
AND YOU DID IT TWICE.
Yep. When I realized the error of my ways, I took all of my basting out, and recut the back panel by shifting it up two inches, to make the mountains whole again. I’d lose length, but at least the print would match. GOOD IDEA. MEBBE WOULD HAVE WORKED IF I’D NOT MATCHED THE SIDE BACK SEAM TO CENTER FRONT SEAM A.G.A.I.N.
At that point, it was stop halfway up Everest, or forge ahead and finish, knowing that only sewists would get a headache at the side view. So forge I did. See that little wedge of white down by the hem? I jigsawed that into the back panel, after the second failed matching attempt, to make up for the lost length.
If I hadn’t done it in order to save a mistake, I’d call it a design element, because I love both sides of this nubbly, silky, sheeny, thick, textured stuff. (I believe it’s in-store only, but this print looks delicious!) I used the “wrong” side for a faced hem, and of course, for that promising front side panel…
(And apparently I need to make that hook & eye tighter. IT NEVER ENDS WITH THIS ONE.)