Adios, Charlie.

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I debated calling this post "Erin the Quitter" or "F is for Fail," but those both sounded super negative and I don't think quitting a sewing project is necessarily a bad thing. In fact it can be a great thing!

My friends gifted me the new Closetcase Patterns caftan pattern, Charlie and I was stoked because it is really really cute. I traced the pattern, cut out some beautiful Birch Fabrics chambray, and got to sewing. I worked on it here and there over a couple of days, doing small bits of sewing, but last night shit hit the fan. For the LIFE of me I could not get that center panel sewn in without puckers. I can't tell you how many times I sewed and ripped out stitches, it's embarrassing. Let's just say that my seam ripper and I spent a lotttttt of time together haha. I was so frustrated and angry and hot (no AC) and was probably being really annoying to my friends, Lauren and Arleen, who I kept texting.

Then in the middle of my rage I realized that this is a hobby, not my job. Sewing should be fun and if I'm getting pissed off then I should stop. The moment I gave myself permission to quit it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Quitting can be ok! Life is too short to force yourself into sewing something that doesn't make you happy.

That said, I am not bashing the pattern. I think I wasn't precise in my stitching/cutting for that center piece and precision is definitely key for making that panel sew in correctly. Will I try sewing it again? Right now I'd say "no," but who knows, I'll probably change my mind after I chill out for a while.

Also, I just reread my Sewing Bummer Recovery Tips post and that gave me some good ideas, so tonight I plan on sewing a couple of knit shirts and I am really excited about it. Cheers to easy TNT patterns!

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  1. That sucks! Even if sewing is our hobby it's still frustrating when things don't go as planned especially when you're really looking forward to making something awesome. It's hard not to get upset, so don't feel bad.

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    1. Thanks, Kaoru.

      How are you doing? I've been thinking about you (in a non creepy way) and hope you and the family are doing well!

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  2. Oh man I know that feeling! And the center panel on this pattern is no joke, mine is installed incorrectly and I had to quit caring about it because I love my caftan even if its flawed. Its so easy to forget this is supposed to be fun, not frustrating. Nice work turning your irritated energy into a positive! Sew on, Sewist!

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    1. Thanks, Cadi.

      You know, if I had a busy print I would roll with the puckers, but in my solid fabric it would have been so obvious and would have really bothered me. If I get an insanely busy fabric maybe I'll give it another shot ­čśť

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  3. I totally cheated and sewed the panel differently - just folded in a hem allowance all around and topstitched that sucker on. I knew it'd wind me up too!

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    1. Honestly, if I decide to finish/remake the dress I am going to do the exact same thing. I'm not messing around with that panel anymore!

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