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Careless cutting – NL 6808 take 2


Oh yes I was smug. I had “conquered” New Look 6808.

I was dancing around the living room in my finished top and thought hell yeah I’m gonna make another!!

I decided to up the fun factor. Thick blue plaid with 3/4 sleeves so it’d be super warm and snuggly!

I whizzed through it. And I lined up my plaid pretty well I thought… bust darts excluded obviously. More delicious smugness.


I was even deliberating adding an exposed metal zipper for extra cool factor. Oh yes I’m that cool ladies…

Then it came to the sleeves:
Attempt 1 – went mental and forgot the direction of my plaid. Ended up with them in a blatantly different direction to the rest of top.

Attempt 2 – correct plaid direction.  Waaaay too much ease.

Attempt 3 – used tips from Casey and Green Apples on reducing ease from sleeves. Reduced too much and couldn’t lift arms/get top off again/thought it wanted me dead.

Attempt 4 – cap sleeves a la version 1. Tried to remove less ease than previous attempt. Still removed too much. Again the top tried to choke me to death but with less vigour this time.

Attempt 5- oh wait I’m out of plaid!! So I resigned myself to having a sleeveless top. Rather than buy more just to mess around with sleeves.

So I started snipping the frayed edges down to apply bias tape (of course they were frayed after all this sewing and unpicking) and had some kind of deranged spasm!

I snipped right into the top! Right in there, nice and big and unrepairable. Oh and did I mention I’m out of plaid!?


Pffftt…. crapzola.

So my top just earned itself a nice place in the bin. At least now I can move on to something else.

Hello Polka Dot Truffle party dress! I’ve left you alone for too long.

(6) Comments

  1. Love it, crapzola is being added to my vocabulary! I love the dancing and strangulation descriptions; maybe you just got the fatal blow in first… It had made several attempts, so really it was Freudian self defence?! Ah, I’m pushing it a bit there, me thinks. Polkadot party dress of the Truffle persuasion sounds amazing!

  2. NOOOOO! That is such a sassy top!!! I’m focusing on your rad plaid matching skills- they are epic!

  3. Argh! I guess we’ve all done it at some point though. I chopped a hole in the lining of a sheath dress that had taken forever to make. Onwards and upwards!

    1. exactly. onwards and upwards!! 🙂

  4. Oh Dear. I think at some point we’ve all done this followed by a round of expletives. Have you considered an invisible mend it’s.such a shame to waste all your effort.(www.videojug.com/film/how-to-mend-holes-in-clothes) shows how to mend holes but I used Bondaweb and bit of matching fabric with some success!

    1. Oh mellie maybe I should give it a second chance with this kind of fix. Its worked on other clothes. I just worry with it being right by the armhole it’s gonna rip every time I put it on. Worth a try I guess

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