Creative Growth = Failing Fast
Audra Hoy Chaimson March 22. 2021
My favorite part about creating is the learning process. I love trying something new, seeing if it works, improving my skills, and then deciding if I want to keep perfecting a specific process or throw in the towel for the time being. It is pretty ironic for me to feel this way. I thoroughly dislike any type of failure elsewhere in my life, but I love failing fast and learning from it when I am in my creative space.
I crashed and burned pretty hard making my dress for our February Wardrobe Builder project and it was a complete test in resilience. I made my dress from a truly incredible Riley Blake chambray and everything was humming along swimmingly as I started my project. My darts were, hands down, the best darts I have ever created in my life and they fit my bodice pretty great without much tweaking.
As I was sewing, I was consistently trying on the finished sections to ensure that I was on the right path. My two back bodice pieces didn’t seem totally right and were gaping awkwardly at the arm holes, but I kept moving forward and told myself, “Well, maybe once the facing is on and the arm holes are pressed, I am sure it will all lay right.”
The rest of the dress came together great and I kept trying it on and it was perfect except for the gaping arm holes… (Do you sense where this is heading?)
I was near the finish line and all I had left was the facing and to hem the skirt.
I laid the dress out to start to pin the facings and the markings didn’t match up. “Hmm… that is weird.” I laid it out a few different ways thinking that maybe I just had something flipped or laying incorrectly. Then finally it hit me - OH MY GOODNESS. I put the back bodice pieces on wrong. I had swapped them so that the zipper opening was at the arm holes. I couldn’t believe it. I was almost done with my fun spring Betty Dress and now I had a pretty serious date with my seam ripper. I was flabbergasted. I mean, I have made dorky mistakes while sewing, but this one was a next level mistake.
I said some choice words, took a few deep breaths and sat down and started picking away at all my seams.
Since I had already made it once, it didn’t take as long to put it all back together as I thought it would - and I took the opportunity to drop the waist seam a smidge - so not all was lost. Except maybe a little of my pride. :-)
Let me know if you have had any similar situations while on your creative journey! We can all learn from each other and our trials and tribulations. I hope you are having a great creative year so far and are sewing along with us in Wardrobe Builder!