I finished another McCalls 7969 over the weekend. This pattern is a very popular pattern mostly because of the sleeves. I completed two garments with the popular big, billowy sleeves but this time, I decided to make a different view from the pattern which is the ruffled sleeve midi dress. I like how it turned out.
I did have a few mishaps though. First, I had issues with my serger again. I learned even more about my serger because after lots of research, re-reading the handbook, threading, re-threading, checking the spools, checking the tension, etc., I think the issue was with all the lint inside the machine. I cleaned the lint out and it worked fine. So far, so good. I’ll make sure to keep my machine clean from now on.
The other mishap is that I accidentally sewed through part of the shoulder when I was using the serger to finish the seams. I had to unpick the serger seams and unfortunately, I ended up with a hole. A significantly big hole. I ended up putting a flower in it’s spot.
I’m not really loving the flower idea, but maybe another time, I will learn how to fix the hole.
Also, this fabric was very cheap and very hard to work with. This is not so much of a mishap but more of a lesson learned. I bought this fabric from Downtown L.A. for $1.99 a yard. This is the second time I used cheap fabric and I will never do it again. It frayed a lot and the seams are already coming apart a little bit because it’s so cheap.
However, I must say that even with all these mishaps, I appreciate this dress. Especially since once I tried it on, I was happy with the end result.