welcome to the december version of ‘fail friday’. I am so excited to be able to keep going with this series! fail friday, if you don’t know, is a chance to showcase and celebrate sewing and crafting failures. life is messy and so are things behind the sewing machine sometimes. too often, the dazzling world of blogs can get a little, well, perfect. fail friday is a chance to own up to mistakes and discuss how, many times, they are actually really valuable to the creative process. and, maybe those mistakes are even the gateway to something even better!
if we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. ~henry david thoreau
that is certainly the case for this week’s guest blogger, katy dill from no big dill. katy is not only a talented, talented sewer she also balances prolific sewing with parenting 6 kids and cooking like a pro. check out her recipes here and her incredible sewing tutorials here. she also runs a fantastic sewing series called once upon a thread, which features children’s clothing inspired by children’s books. quite a magical combination, right? I’m so excited she agreed to join fail friday! welcome katy:
The fabric I used for the lining was of mystery content and shrunk a significant amount when I pressed it! so it turned out to be too small once it was all pinned.
I didn’t have any of the fabric left except for little scraps, so I snipped it right down the center and inserted a box pleat.
You wouldn’t even know that I hadn’t intended that to be there.
amazing, right? I wish all my mistakes looked that awesome. but, I love the way that katy ‘covered her tracks’ and then loved the results! that is why I love fail friday because that kind of thing happens all the time to me! I really do love the path that failure takes me on sometimes. thanks so much katy! got a failure to share?! post it to the flickr group and tell your story…I would love to have a collection to share in January! there is a lot of love in that paragraph. whew, I am really feeling it today.
I love that Katy’s “fail” turned into such a great design element. Gal’s a pro.
I totally agree with Kristin!
it’s so true, isn’t it! maybe that define pro…hmmm.
What beautiful mistakes! This is why I need to sew more, because when I make mistakes like that I don’t even know that there are ways to cover my errors. Katy knows what she’s doing and does such amazing work, even her mistakes look planned. 🙂
I love that your reaction to this is to sew more! That is the spirit!
In grad school in home economics (a ver-r-ry long time ago) we were given challenges and had to come up with solutions. One of my favorites was a mistake I had made myself – cutting a dress too short. Happily it was a striped fabric and a wide horizontal band of the same fabric along the bottom solved the problem.
Yes, necessity IS the mother of invention – and sometimes the answers are better than the original! Love Katy’s creations!
I love it! And, personally, I would die for that dress! It sounds so cute.
Oh Katy! You are brilliant! I agree…a total pro. 🙂