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Baby Bunting Bust

Every once in awhile, I have a major sewing fail. I blame it on my pattern reading skills. I don’t like to read patterns. The only time I break down and do so is when there’s something I can’t figure out on my own. Recently, I’ve tried to get better at this by forcing myself to read patterns start to finish. So, when I take the time to read every step of a pattern in detail, I expect things to work out. This was not the case with my most recent sewing project.

My good friend has a baby due the 12th and I wanted to make her something special. Her and her husband have chosen not to know the sex of the baby, so it had to be something unisex. For the baby shower (Labor Day weekend… yes I started this project in August!), I got them a furry car seat cover and monkey strap covers. To go along with the travel-in-cold-weather theme, I figured a baby bunting would be perfect.

McCalls Pattern M5963

McCalls Pattern M5963 Drawings

I picked design A from McCalls pattern M5693. I thought the hood and the mittens would be more practical than a design without them. Turns out, that was my demise. I redid the stupid mittens at least 4 times and re-read the directions at least 20 before I admitted defeat. On Saturday, I put the trash can up to the sewing table and swept it clean – trashing the baby bunting I’d worked so hard on for two months.

McCalls Pattern M5963

While I hate to throw something away, I hate getting stressed out when I sew even more. Sewing is supposed to be my time to relax and enjoy my work. When it stops being fun, it’s just not worth it to me.

Have you ever had a project you tried so hard to finish… but finally gave up? How did you feel? I am upset at myself for letting it defeat me, but at the same time I’m relieved I don’t have to look at it anymore.

  • Donna

    When I was 10 years old, my dad sent me to Sears sewing school over the summer break. Our class project was to make a dress. I pick a cute gingham pattern and as this was my first time reading a pattern, I thought I was doing a super job. Turns out, I sewed the dress with the fabric on the wrong side! I was embarrassed but since then, I make double sure I am working it right! 

  • Skylightwu

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    Your article is one of the most classical style, when I read once, I have been deeply in love with them, you look forward to more perfect work.

  • Elizabeth

    How funny you said it was a McCalls pattern.  Just a couple days ago my mom and I were talking about patterns (because I too dislike having to follow them) and she said that McCalls patterns were the ones she always tried to avoid at all costs.  She said their directions were (and still are) so hard to follow. 

    So sorry to hear all your hard work coming to an end like that. :-(