Hello dearies! I have a slightly different What I Made to share with you today: A wearable mock-up! You may remember from my ski-wear inspiration post that I was contemplating making some corduroy plus-fours. Well, here they are! But they ended up becoming a wearable mock-up rather than a perfected piece for multiple hilarious reasons.
Fabric: Corduroy from Fabric Mart / Pattern: Self-drafted / Buttons: Stash / Zipper: Stash
I hand-drafted the pattern, and here is where my first mistake came into play. I decided to use my corduroy for the mock-up. But, stupid me, I forgot that corduroy has a nap when I was laying out the pattern, so I ended up having the nap going one way on the front of the plus-fours, and the other on the back. 😛 See, even we experienced seamstresses make huge mistakes. 😉 It doesn’t show terribly, but still…
Second mistake: the zipper. I really was distracted while making these, because I idiotically tried to insert my zipper using my regular presser foot. After I had come out with an unsatisfactory zipper, I realized my mistake, ripped it out, and inserted it correctly using my zipper foot.
Last mistake, which isn’t really a mistake so much as practice, are my buttonholes. Just… don’t look too closely. 😀 They say it takes 1000 buttonholes for hand-sewn buttonholes to be mastered, and I have only done about 9 thus far, so they are far from perfect. Which is part of the reason that I am not going to be showing you the cuffs of this pair of plus-fours. Thank goodness there is an extra 4 inches of fabric hanging over them to hide my beginner buttonholes. I suppose I could have utilized my sewing machine’s buttonhole attachment, but I really needed more practice on my handmade buttonholes, so why not?
But, for all of their faults, I am satisfied with these plus-fours. The fit is almost perfect, and they suit their purpose wonderfully: being able to go and romp about in the snow and woods in the autumn and winter weather. Hence, I am wearing my snow-boots with them in this photo-shoot, in their natural, snowy, windy, wintery habitat. Though to be honest I should have had a coat on too, but then you wouldn’t be able to see my plus fours fully. But I digress…
I plan on my next pair being made from some lovely red wool, with some special buttons that I bought for just the purpose. And hopefully I won’t be so addlepated as to make as many mistakes as I did on this first pair. 😉
What sewing mistakes have you made recently?
Have you ever made plus-fours?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer