Project #15

Late last Wednesday night my Arielle skirt took a turn I did not expect. If you read my last post you know how well everything was going, how I was giddy and happy. We were getting along great. I couldn’t wait to finish her. Then I began to work on the buttonholes. That’s when the tears started. I think this is the first time I’ve cried while sewing, unless I’ve blocked crying moments out of my mind.

Let’s start from the beginning. First thing Wednesday night I finished the raw edge and hemmed the skirt. Everything was looking good. Now when I decided to sew one night a week for Davy College I envisioned myself working really hard to execute each project beautifully. I’ve yet to be 100% proud of anything I’ve made and I wanted this to finally be my proud moment. I know I should take more pride in my work, but nothing has fully satisfied me yet. Arielle was on her way to making me very, very proud. Then those pesky buttonholes had to throw everything off.

The buttons I used did not have a flat surface, so tightly attaching them to the buttonhole foot wasn’t an option. I think this is what caused all my problems. I had six buttonholes to sew and three of them were the right size. The other three times I tried to sew the holes it would make the tiniest holes I’ve ever seen. I’d reposition the button, try again, and nothing… or it’d make a massive hole. That’s when I put my head in my hands and started crying. To make things worse the boucle is not great for ripping stitches out, it likes to unravel. So after lots of frustration and finagling to make sure the buttons would fit through the holes, I said “whatever” and moved on with my life. A little House Hunters International and hand sewing the buttons on helped soothe my sad heart.

Do I love my Arielle skirt? Not like I thought I would, but she’s still a product of pushing myself, my creativity, and my own two hands. I’ll still proudly wear her. That fabric and those buttons are too wonderful to keep hidden. The world needs them out and about. And at the end of the day I love this pattern. I will definitely make another Arielle skirt with easier fabric. It’s probably clear that I felt defeated after making this skirt. I see all of it’s imperfections even if others don’t, and maybe that’s how things will always be. Sewing is teaching me so much about discipline and patience.

I hope you have enjoyed the happiness of the skirt. If you happen to relate to this post, keep pushing yourself and don’t be discouraged. One day you and I will look back and be thankful for those hard learning moments. Thank you to everyone who encourages me by your creations, example, and words!

Next up is the Vogue 9075 Jumpsuit. Here’s to hoping things go well!

6 thoughts on “Project #15

  1. I often get cross, complain to my mum about it, have a break then realise there was a simple solution after all! Your skirt is looking amazing, I love the fabric.


  2. It’s really cute. What kind of sewing machine do you have? When I first started sewing I was using a $99 Singer that I bought from Wal-Mart. It couldn’t do button holes worth shit. Maybe it’s time to treat yourself to an upgrade? Xmas is coming up . . . Or, if it’s not the machine, there are some tricks you can do to make sewing the buttonholes easier. You can interface the fabric where your button hole is going to be. That makes the fabric a bit sturdier and maybe would have helped in this situation. Or, if your button wouldn’t sit nice in the attachment, maybe place a coin that’s a similar diameter in its place. Anyway, we’ve all had sewing moments where we’ve broken down and cried over a project that gives you a hard time. Don’t despair! You did a great job and you learned a few things to do differently for next time.


    • I have a Pfaff Ambition I got for Christmas last year. It’s really great. I think this time it was the buttons I chose and me. Thanks for all your advice! I think interfacing the fabric and using a coin would have been helpful with this fabric. I’ll definitely use those tricks next time around.


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