Mum knows best

Sometimes you can work on a problem for ages and just not be able to see the solution.

And so it was with my pyjamas. I had bought a paper pattern, cut out all the pieces, completed the bottoms (except the elastic, which I didn’t happen to have any of) and them came to the top. Ah, the top, which was supposed to have a rather nice contrasting binding round the neck, cuffs and bottom. The pattern describes itself as ‘easy’… well, pah to that! There is nothing easy (for me) about creating a bound edge on a V-necked garment… with a seam at the V that means… as far as this pattern goes… that you end up with five layers of fabric in a tiny point. I tried several times to get it right before setting it aside and wondering if there was any way to make a crochet ending for it (I’m a much better hooker than seamstress*).

An easy solution

An easy solution

And then I went to visit my mum. She really is a great needlewoman and, as soon as I described my problem, she was able to offer a solution (and confirm that the binding was ridiculously fiddly). An easy solution… something that I could do without any trouble. ‘Forget binding,’ she said ‘and just make a facing, with no seam at the V’. And so I returned home and completed the neck without any further issues. It means that it doesn’t have a contrasting edging, but I really don’t care. In fact, I then bought some ready made binding for the sleeve and bottom edges and made the whole process even simpler.

Just goes to show that sometimes you need a fresh perspective to help you onto a different track. Thank you mum.

The bottom and sleeves are fancy and were easy to do.

The bottom and sleeves are fancy and were easy to do.

-oOo-

* Honestly, this is a really funny joke if you are a Terry Pratchett fan.

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  1. Linda Winn

     /  December 1, 2014

    Hurrah for seamstresses of all types! xx

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  2. Very smart!! Pun intended

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  3. There you go again with the foreign languages, bindings, facings and the like. At least I understood hooking.(?)
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  4. If crocheting equated to miles of walking I would be one skinny hooker! 😉

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  5. Patterns are merely suggestions anyway. 🙂 Do what works for you!

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    • You know, that’s something I tend to forget when I’m sewing, but you are spot-on… I would never dream of following a knitting or crochet pattern as strictly as I follow a sewing pattern… I guess it’s a confidence thing.

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  6. Looking rather stylish Dr Snail! It’s always great to get another viewpoint, especially when you feel you might be at the edge of a scissor attack. 🙂 I’ve never read Terry Pratchett. What am I missing out on?

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  7. Good joke, even better solution! My alternative would have been to make the neckline rounded rather than V shaped, and use bias binding. No seam, no corner to turn. But then, I’m not your mum… It’s a good solution you have there, and if you still want some decorative trim, sew some of that nice ready made stuff on flat, about a centimetre from the edge. Do we get a modelling shot, complete with crochet slippers…?

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    • You know, a round neck was what I really should have done, but by the time I realised, I had cut out the fabric. I like your idea for decoration.
      I can’t bring myself to model the ensemble… I hate having my photo taken!

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  8. I’m periodically musing on some problem to my mother, who then says “why don’t you [x]?” It’s often the perfect solution and quite simple. Your PJs look quite cosy and do you proud, whether you hook or sew…

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  9. Seeing the lovely result of your efforts (and your Mum’s wise advice) makes me wish I used my sewing machine more than I do now – lovely PJ’s Jan! 🙂

    As for the great and good PTerry – I’m in the middle of re-reading his books right now, and laughed aloud at your comment – so very droll 🙂 Lol

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  10. “forget binding” – your mum and I would get on very well ! I’m all for ignoring the extra fiddly bits.

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