Butterick B5808: first wadder
Wadder: a technical term in sewing which means “to sew a garment and then discover it is truly horrendous, thereby resulting in the wadding of said garment and disposal into nearest refuse receptacle or relegation of wadder to dark corner or drawer”.
That is how I would describe a wadder. And today I had my first real wadder since I stared dressmaking some 16 months ago or so.
Of course I had the whole day in front of me, devoid of any real distractions. Philip had taken Kezia to nursery this morning, and he made lunch, and I popped out in the morning to see a friend and returned home. An afternoon of undisturbed sewing stretched ahead like an oasis in front of a dehydrated man lost in the dessert.
I decided to make B5808, described “as an unlined coat, very loose-fitting, above mid-knee length coat has shawl collar (wrong side of fabric shows), side seam pockets, long or below elbow length sleeves, shaped hemline and stitched hems”. I thought this would be a perfect one afternoon project, and had already cut out the pattern and fabric – a very fine dark brown gabardine wool.
Yes, this is an easy coat to pull together. You also have the option of making it in a double knit or a woven fabric, making it versatile. I imagined wearing it belted when the weather was not so cold.
The sizing on this coat is HUGE, and when I say HUGE, I mean HUGE. The length of the sleeves alone is like something drafted for the yeti. And then you have to contend with the swathes of excess fabric at the front of the coat. In short, I had probably cut 2 sizes too big, and if the truth be told, I was never fully in love with the colour of the fabric (an ebay purchase of course). The best way to describe how I felt/ looked is this:
So, having spent the last week working on a top for a friend, my plans of having some “me” sewing time has, literally, gone in the bin. Sigh. Still, what lessons can be learned from this episode?
1. Don’t ever start sewing something unless you absolutely, 100% LOVE the fabric you are working on. If you don’t I guarantee you will never love the finished garment.
2. In this instance, perhaps at least tissue fitting the pattern or basting it together first would have been a good idea. Less haste, more speed.
3. Wadders happen. Accept and move on.
Hopefully next time I will have something more creative to share. Till then, may the force be with you.