Just as I share my sewing triumphs here, I think it’s good to share my failures.
Behold my lovely but completely useless undies. These had me so frustrated, I literally screamed and rent my fabric. But then I took a deep breath, calmed down, and decided to consider these a muslin. Suddenly, my failure didn’t seem so bad. Better yet, I’m ready to move on to the next one.
I really wanted to make some pretty, comfy, jersey bralettes. I used to think bralettes (that is, soft cup bras without underwire and usually with less support) were only for small cup sizes. I bemoaned the fact that all the pretty soft cup bras that I love wouldn’t work for my body.
But then I realized something. It’s true that they aren’t supportive enough for day-to-day use, but they are perfect for lounging around the house. I can’t really go braless comfortably, but wearing regular bras all the time isn’t comfortable either. Bralettes are the happy medium!
I drafted this one based on a bralette I already own and love. Everything went well. I was able to use only fabric and findings I already had. The fit was great, it looked adorable, and I even made two pairs of matching panties.
I really like that it has a bridge between the cups. It helps avoid the uni-boob look you get with, say, a sports bra. I added a tiny little vintage button.
And yet, just as I was finishing up the bra, I found a hole in the back, right in the fabic! Argh! I couldn’t even tell how it got there, it seemed completely random, just a hole right in the middle. Saddened, I patched it as best I could and decided to finish up anyway.
A few minutes later, I was examining a seam on one of the panties and found another hole. I tugged the fabric a little and the entire crotch seam ripped apart. When I tugged other seams, the same thing happened. The fabric just tore!
So, yeah. I spent hours on this set and I won’t even be able to wear it.
I’m still not sure what happened. I used a ballpoint needle, but perhaps my needle was too big? Or perhaps the fabric was just too cheap? I have no idea what the fabric is since I just pulled it from my stash, but I think it might be a cheap jersey I originally bought for a muslin for something.
So, lesson learned: next time, I will test my seams before sewing an entire garment with a thin knit fabric!
On the positive side, I love how it came out and I’m totally ready to do it again once I get some better fabric. So perhaps “failure” is the wrong word. I’ll call it a learning experience.