I was in JoAnn's buying a piece of fabric for a project I had planned , when I got sidetracked and fell dangerously in love, with this:
I mean, how could I help myself?!? I was smitten with the saturated colors; there was vivid red, bold orange, rich turquoise, brilliant yellow, deep blue, and vibrant green. Oh, and some lovely violet, too. All reason went out the window when I saw this stuff. I've been sewing most of my life, but I absolutely DESPISE sewing on either stretchy or slippery shiny fabric. And this stuff is of the ridiculously slippery and shiny variety. I took it to the cutting counter thinking "maybe I'll make a summer dress" totally forgetting my distaste for working with this type of fabric, and also not thinking about my casual summer lifestyle. I'm usually in shirts and t-shirts in the summer; and I don't even own (or desire) the proper shoes for a shiny dress, so why would I make one?
When I got the gorgeous fabric home, I decided to be more practical and make a summery bathrobe, kind of shaped like a boxer's robe. Easy construction. I took an old summer robe, traced the simple shapes to make a pattern, cut my fabric, and started to sew. And then I remembered why I don't usually buy this stuff. Slipping and sliding, it was a nightmare to sew, even for an easy construction, and my simple one-afternoon project became a major enterprise. Then, I discovered this:
Can you see it? A pull in the fabric. They are everywhere. Simply pinning a seam causes pulls like this. And a cat who likes to keep me company when I sew did not help the situation either. "Good thing it's just a bathrobe" I thought. And if you make a sewing mistake on this fabric? It is next to impossible to take out a seam without damaging the fabric. So every time something didn't go as planned, my solution was to cut it off. Hemming the sleeves was a disaster. The hems twisted and looked so awful that I cut them off; I actually cut them off THREE times, leaving the sleeves too short and still unhemmed, and in the end I made a fake cuff out of a piece of blue fabric I had intended to use for a different project. And I found a piece of red to use to make a tie belt, since I hadn't bought enough of the patterned fabric for the belt. I also used the red for some invisible on-seam pockets. (Gotta have pockets!). I think the red belt makes it look like gift-wrapping. I do not like it, and may still come up with some other belt.
I finally finished it today, working on it for so long that I never did anything else I had planned this afternoon. And my realization is this: the final product is not worth the amount of time spent sewing. The fabric frays terribly, and I don't think will hold up well at all for many wearings. I expect it will quickly tear around the belt loops and the pockets. And it is so slippery, it won't easily stay in place when worn anyhow. I picture myself on Project Runway, with the judges mocking my sloppy construction, and Tim Gunn telling me it's time to go clean up my workspace because Heidi says I am OUT. My love affair with the fabric is over.