Something crazy happened Tuesday. My DIY Disaster post from Monday was PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST. (You can see it HERE.) I’m still in shock!
So, I thought today I’d explain a little bit about what happened to lead to my DIY disaster, a project that I am now calling the “Murphy’s Law Jacket”, because the I can’t say the “$#*%!!” jacket in mixed company. (The Measure Twice Cut Once shirt is from See Kate Sew can be purchased HERE.)
I used the McCartney Jacket from Pattern Anthology as a base for this jacket, and let me tell you NOTHING was the fault of the pattern.
I had good intentions and a solid plan. I was going to sew a reversible coat, one side neoprene and one side plaid. I had never worked with neoprene before this, so that should give you your first clue as to where this is headed.
I decided I wanted to crop the jacket so I shortened the pattern by 2 inches.
This was my first mistake. The pockets are very close to the side seams so you really need for them to be as close to the hip as possible.
As I was pressing the welt pocket on one of the bodice pieces I melted a hole in the neoprene.
I didn’t have enough neoprene to make a new panel, so I opted to cut the bodice piece in half and put a new piece in. The trouble was, I didn’t have quite enough for that either, so I shortened the jacket AGAIN. This step led to a weird seam right across my boob and a really awkward pocket placement.
Ok, I thought, I’ll just wear it on the plaid side. Then I realized:
When shortening the plaid pieces to match up with the neoprene I did so unevenly.
I blame this on the time. It was well after midnight, and I was tired. I should have stopped but I just needed to finish! And when I finished, I had this:
The cheap ribbing I had in my stash was too flimsy for this coat. It was flopping around all over the place.
That’s really the cherry on top of the crap sundae. Fortunately, after this debacle, I bought new plaid and chose fleece for the lining this time (because neoprene is really expensive), and made a lovely coat. I’ll post about that another day, I don’t want to take the spotlight away from my Murphy’s Law Jacket.
Here’s what I learned:
- Neoprene behaves really differently than other fabrics.
- Neoprene can melt even if you have your iron set to ‘low’.
- When sewing with a new fabric type choose a simple pattern.
- If you make a mistake and don’t have the proper materials to fix it, don’t push through. You are not on Project Runway and you do not, in fact, have to make it work. Order fabric and wait.
- All ribbed knits are not created equal. Use sturdy ribbing on this pattern only.
What are some valuable lessons you learned from fails? Comment below!