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Terrible Tuesday: Amy Shares 5 Sewing ‘Fails’


Hello! I’m Amy from SewsNBows. I’m a blog as a hobby; and sew for my daughter, niece, nephews, and lately; me. I have an extensive epic fail resume, so I’m kinda perfect for this series.

I have a theory about sewing fails. We love reading them the same way we do tabloids. (I can’t be the only one who reads the gossip mags in line at the grocery store, right?) It’s a relief to know that everyone has imperfections, not just me.

No matter your sewing level, you’re bound to have trouble from time to time. Unlike the mean world of tabloids and paparazzi, sewists tend to be a really supportive group. So it’s safe to share! I relate with bloggers who show off their less than perfect projects. So here are some of my epic sewing fails.

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Let me show my most recent disasters- my recent Hudson pants, cut off grain. Not totally epic, but I’m easing you in with a pretty common mistake. I still wear them because apparently, my leg is off grain too. That is, you can’t tell when I wear them.

Epic Sewing Fails at SewCanShe

This is a high-low top modeled by my niece. She’s wearing it backwards because I forgot to raise the neckline to account for raw edges without seams. It should fit her great next year, but I’m mourning the loss of that French Terry in the meantime.

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If that’s not bad enough, I thought Sofia was half her size one day and made this teeny little dress. It’s so short and tight that I can’t show it from any other angle without being inappropriate. That was some really nice jersey; another tragic casualty of sewing.

Epic Sewing Fails at SoCanShe

My favorite jeans are pretty shredded, but I love the fit. I patched them with a piece of white lace tablecloth and smugly thought they were pretty awesome. But my leg broke the lace. I added white mystery stash underneath and they are totally wearable again, minus the leg fat trying to escape. So glad I could save the jeans!

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This is a “rug” I was working on this year. I thought it would be a great way to use up fabric scraps, until I knocked my timing belt out of place. I was pretty sure that was a coincidence, so I had my machine repaired and then knocked my timing belt out again. Who even does that? I joked on my blog that I like to make the same mistake twice, just to be sure. This project has been demoted from rug to giant coaster.

SewsNBow Epic Sewing Fails at SewCanShe

The icing on the cake is that my epic failures spill into crafts as well. And it’s hereditary! My 10 year old daughter decided to paint her bed mustard. (Here’s the photo on Instagram if you wanna see that hot mess.) Anyhow, she got paint on this brand new t-shirt. (And her sheets, and floor.) The only thing I could think of to do was cut out the stain, and sew something else back in. She wears it, but I cringe everytime. Sigh.

Want more of my epic fails? I had an entire month of them one Christmas season, and write about it here. I get cold sweats to this day when I see any holiday themed fabric.

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7 Comments

  1. I am very happy that I am not the only one with epic fails. It is comforting to know that even the more experienced and seemingly perfect sew-ists make mistakes. Thank you for sharing.

  2. There not failures, it’s learning experiences. I do love the sweatshirt even if it is on backwards. Looks so comfortable. Wouldn’t of known something was wrong til you mentioned it. You never know how your so called failures are inspirations to others. Keep up the good work, we can all learn from each other.

  3. Melissa Malice says:

    Oh you are the best! I love watching failures, mostly because social media has made us learn to only show the good in our life. We need to celebrate the good with the bad and keep moving forward.

  4. Michelle White says:

    Thanks for sharing with such humor! I too have mourned many a good piece of fabric! In fact my scrap pile is full of them because I just can’t let them go! LOL

  5. curlygirlmom says:

    LOL Thanks for sharing! I, too, identify with crafting fails. I feel so much more "normal" now. (WHY is that so important to us?)

  6. Thank you. So funny. Especially the mat that is now a drinks coaster. And the pink and blue maternity T shirt. I can only laugh with you as I have been there and done much worse (but I never blog about the disasters….)

  7. Been there, ruined that fabric~ Thanks for being brave and sharing with the rest of us 🙂

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