Sewing Fails: Knit Edition

by | Oct 19, 2015 | Garment, Sewing Fails, Sewing Projects | 4 comments

So, some things work out for you and somethings, well you know, they don’t.

On my recent fabrics purge, I found this random knit fabric, purchased eons ago, just begging to be used.
Have I ever worked with knits before? no
Have I researched how to work with knits before? no
Do I have a serger therefore the belief that I can do anything with anything at anytime, any place, or date? obvs.


Seamwork Magazine recently put out their Menswear edition with this lovely top, Paxton, and I was hooked. Look how happy this dude looks to be in this shirt?! Basically the happiest man alive in a mustard coloured shirt.

Now, I have made this decision before. The ‘hey! use this random fabric you know nothing about to make this thing’ decision has almost never worked for me (I say almost, because I have a more positive post in the works). However, it was Friday night, I wanted to complete something, I had a date with my sewing machine, and I was going to make it work!

First problem: fit. Hot dang did this not fit well. I measured and assumed I was a men’s M. Boy, was I not. Maybe Colette is trying to boost the shit out of my confidence (#bodypositive) but it was way too big. Now, being too big may have also added to my second problem, but I still had hope.
It’s just a little dirty! It’s still good, it’s still good!

Second problem: wanky arms.Left is the original sleeve, which is a mega batwing situation. Right is after my sweet alteration skills, which is is the ol’ ‘uh..serge until it fits?’ fix. However, at this point, I had yet to be phased. I could still make this work. It could still be saved.
It’s just a little slimy! It’s still good, it’s still good!

Knit Colette Paxton Sewing Fail Hemming BumpsThird and Final problem: DA FUX HAPPENED HERE NATASHA?
(also, saaaawweeeeeeet moses, how dirty are my mirrors?!! This is horrifying, but it is on the internet now, so welcome to my horror mirror nightmare)

The pattern had called for edge-stitching on the neck collar and bottom cuff, and I most assuredly mucked this up real bad. I made a very conscious effort to neither pull nor push my material through the feed dogs, but it was all for not because whatever abomination pictured above happened, and this isn’t an easy ‘iron it out’ kind of situation.
Yeah, I could google what I did wrong, or you know, google how to fix it, but I am over it. My desire complete this is dead. This shirt has been read it’s last rights, been buried, and lowered into it’s grisly home. I said a few words and threw some dirt on it’s casket. I will move on to other better things and never thinks about nor learn from this experience. However, if you (#theinternet) could explain to me what happened, I will definitely listen to you! 

It’s just a little airborne! It’s still good, it’s still good!
It’s gone.
I know.




  1. Bryan Busssss

    Hello there 🙂

    • Natasha

      Yo Buss, did I ever show you the picture of me where I look like old you?

  2. beebeejaybee

    I’m not really sure what happened but if It helps my Astoria did the same thing on the neckline….. I gave up on the serger it’s got cutty bits built into the sewing bits….. there were issues…. no I don’t want to talk about it

    • Natasha

      Haha, trust me, I feel the exact same way!



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