Thursday, February 26, 2009

Read it and Weep!

Why, you might ask? Well, let me tell you...

"Almost done! Almost done!!" I had been telling myself that for the past half hour. I was truly "Almost done". WAHOO! A little victory dance for me.

I'd just finished sewing the elastic around the waist band, and I left enough free elastic so that I could try it on and then make the proper adjustments after trying it. I pinned it and slipped it on.


I wanted to scream.

It didn't fit.

I almost cried. Then I had an idea. I would ask Ana if she could fit in it. She was small enough she could fit in anything. Seriously.

I opened the door and went into Ana's room. She was listening to music and blogging. I walked in, skirt in hand, and asked her to try it on.

She tried. It didn't fit.

"Try putting it on over your head." I said hopefully.

She tried. It got stuck on her shoulders.

"It doesn't fit." She said.

Now I was absolutely utterly devastated. The last skirt I made was too small and had to be given to Ana. Oh, I didn't mind giving it to Ana, but the fact that I had used some of my FAVORITE material in the making of the skirt and then having it be to small.... it was just too much.

"Try harder." I said though my teeth. She was GOING to fit into this one.

She tried harder. She got it on and it fit well around her waist. Of course. I rolled my eyes.

"I don't want to wear this if it doesn't have a zipper because then I have to have it go over my head all the time and it's gonna be too hard." She said it matter-of-factly.

I glared at her.

"Are. You. Serious?"


"Well then hurry up and take it off so I can go upstairs and mope."

She tried taking it off over her head. It got stuck under her arms. She wailed.

"Help me get this off!!"

I couldn't take it anymore. I fell to the ground sobbing.

"Leah!! Get up and help me take this off!!"

I didn't care if she ever got it off or not. I just spent what seemed like FOREVER making this skirt, after making a jumper out of the same material and being careful so that I would have enough to make a skirt, and it didn't fit. Now she had 2 of my skirts. I wept bitterly.

"Leah! Quite crying. It's not that sad." She was struggling very hard now.

I pulled myself up off of the floor, my hair pretty much plastered to my face with tears, and I looked at her. She actually looked kind of funny. She had it stuck under her arms and it flared out from there, I thought it made her somewhat resemble an over sized umbrella.


I kept crying.

I walked over and pulled the skirt off of her with more force then I thought I had at the moment. She just stood there.

"I don't want that skirt unless it has a zipper." She stated plainly.

I took my skirt and walked upstairs to find Mom. She would comfort me.

So, that is why I've been crying while Dad reads a book, Mom practices piano, Ethan ... well I don't know, and Ana takes a bath. It's all too clear.

So, here are the skirts.

This is the one that I made tonight. (above)
Yes. I haven't sewn the hem yet. I just couldn't work up the strength to do it.

This is the other one that I made. (below)
Sorry for the bad pictures of the skirts. The camera wasn't very cooperative tonight. *smile*


Ana said...

This is just too funny. I'm sorry they fit me ... or at least I'm sorry they don't fit you ... but I like it when you make me new skirts. :) Thanks. :)

Natalie said...

Aww...oh dear me...that was funny. But I know how you feel! It's awful to put all that work into something and then have it not fit! Urgh.

It's a very cute skirt though! :)

Rosebud said...

Oh Leah, I am sorry for you!! =( I perfectly comprehend your feelings...that's why I DON'T sew--I cry too much over it. =P

Melanie said...

Awww.... poor you! That's sad. I'm always afraid of that happening to me. I'm kind of scared about making my regency outfit, it's so much material!!
Well, don't let it discourage you, just make the skirt a bigger size next time. :-)
"Never give up! Never back down! Never lose faith!" :-D (Sorry, Facing the Giants mood over here. ;-) )

Fred and Leon said...

What's the pattern number for the "other" skirt you made? It is super cute. Also, I am sorry for your sewing pain. I can relate all too well. I've had many of these, but the good news is that it is a lesson learned. Probably, this will never happen again, at least I pray not, and if it does, oh well, another lesson learned.
Take care sweet girl!!
This is Mrs. B. not Emily or Alysha

Anderson Family said...

Awww,that's so sad, Leah!! :(
"Give me your best, your very best! Don't give up! Don't give up on me, Brock! 10 more steps, just 10 more...don't give up! give me your best! 5 more steps! 5 more!" Sorry, I'm in a Facing the Giants mood too!!:D

Sydney said...

Oh, I'm sorry, Leah! I've cried over sewing too. :( However, you tell a very amusing tale! :)

Very cute material/skirts.

Shalom! :)

Leah said...

Thank you ALL for your sweet words of comfort!! It's good to know that I'm not the only one that messes up! :)

Mrs. B,
The pattern number for my "other" skirt is Simplicity #4188. Messing up on patterns is a good way to learn patience and I've got a LOT to learn about it still.

Thank you for your sweet words Mrs. B!


Natalie said...

Ooh, 4188 is a pattern I just bought recently! It's neat to see how it will look sewn up...which view is that one?

Leah said...

The pattern #4188 is the second skirt.

Natalie said...

Oh, sorry, I meant which view on the pattern did you sew?

Leah said...

Oh I'm sorry!! :-) I believe it was view 'b'.