Saturday, February 08, 2014

Pegged Out: A Giveaway

I tried. I really did.
But sometimes it doesn't seem to matter what you do, it was simply not meant to be.
No, I haven't put the waistband on yet, and I know that would pull it in and up a bit.
But  I honestly don't think that would help.
I chose the wrong size and the wrong fabric for this skirt.
The next picture demonstrates the issue a little more clearly...

But here is the clincher...

A vast behind, me hearties!
I have already taken it in by a full size down the sides, but there is way too much bulk from the multiple layers of too-heavy denim.  I can't shave off any more from there because of how the pockets fall. The sticky-out pockets are the point of this skirt.  But sticky-out side seams are not part of the design. 
Ugh.
I can see the potential of this pattern, in the right size (6 not 8, despite measuring myself and the pattern before I started) and in much thinner / drapier fabric.
But I should have listened to my gut instinct - it is a pattern for a curvaceous girl, not an ironing board like me.
Ms Idle Fancy looks frankly GORGEOUS in hers.  Oh good lord, have you seen her wedding photos?!
But I am an entirely different shape and size.
When will I learn?!
Sigh.
And I made such a good job of the zip too...
 
 The Giveaway
So here's the plan:  I am going to give away this pattern to one of you lovely readers.
Yay!
It is the Peggy Skirt from Bluegingerdoll patterns.
It includes the full range of sizes on a single massive sheet of paper:  you trace the one you need.
Abby, the designer, was very kind and helpful in answering my questions, and there is a sewalong on her blog too.
Fancy having a go?
Just leave a comment (including a way to contact you) below by midnight on 14 February to be entered in the lucky draw.
Go on - you have nothing to lose!

39 comments:

rosylea said...

What a shame, and after all your hard work. I hate the feeling that I have wasted some of my precious sewing time making something I won't wear...( there's an embarrassing Meringue nesting in a dark corner of my wardrobe at this very minute). I'd be a grateful recipient but can't for the life of me think how to leave contact details without also leaving them for the rest of the internet!

Naomi Abramowicz said...

Ooh, I'd love to win!

beate grigutsch said...

i´m soo sorry that the skirt does´t work for you. i had high expectations because from here it looked like the right thing for you.....
thinking about how long and much you are sewing and how easy are skirts to do i think you should get your hand on your very own skirt pattern. there is no much bohei - just start with a strait skirt with darts, if it fits finally then you can do all the changes with it to have patterns that fit and flatter you. take stash fabric/old sheets/curtains to try and error - earlier then you think you will have it.
yes you can ;-)

beate grigutsch said...

p.s.: i don´t need the pattern!!!!!

Lynn said...

So sorry it didn't work out! I know the feeling( I have a half finished Cambie in a box somewhere!Wrong fabric/wrong pattern), but this might work for me- I'm not an ironing board either!

poppyinstitches said...

Oh I hate it when a good plan doesn't work, great fabric, great pattern, but sometimes not together :D(

poppyinstitches@yahoo.co.uk

Sew little time said...

Oh I've been thinking of buying this pattern. I'd love to win! Sorry it didn't work out for you. For what it's worth I have had the same experience recently with a pattern that's great on everyone else and totally wrong for me (the scout tee). If you don't have it I'd be happy to send it to you as I won't use it again. Email is joanne (dot) lambert (at) Gmail. Com

Sara Morgan said...
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Sara Morgan said...

Ooh I've been thinking of getting this! I think everyone has a project like this somewhere.. morgan.saraelizabeth (at) gmail.com

Catherine said...

Oooh I would like to experiment with that ckirby (at) clkdesigns (dot) co,uk

I have also made things and then thought ....really?? Who was I making this for?

Can you rescue some of the fabric and use it for something else?

Have you Sartre your snow white socks yet?

Catherine said...

Started even!!!

macskakat said...

Oh, such a shame it isn't work for you! I second what some of the others have said - can you rescue the fabric for another project?

I'd be keen to try this pattern - I've been curious about Bluegingerdoll's patterns for a while. So pretty please chuck my hat in the ring (so to speak). :-)

macska at gmail dot com

flossieft said...

I would love to try this pattern. I think i have the curves for it. Hopefully the fabric can be made into something elsr and i feel your frustration at a perfect zip going 'to waste'.

Wakeymakes said...
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Wakeymakes said...

We all have a few learning failures. My last was worse as too small as I was supposed to add allowances and forgot!! I would love to have a try K xXx

mrszandstra said...

I have made a Lola dress which just doesn't work on me - everyone else is posting fabulous versions and loving it but it is just the wrong shape for me!

Louise

Sara said...

Sorry that it didn't work out for you...

I on the other hand would love to true this pattern. My mailadress is sara_hoste@hotmail.com.

jessica said...

Oh, what a bummer! I know you had high hopes for this one - it looked so promising :-(. So nice of you to pass on the pattern, however :-). (Not for me, unfortunately, my hips don't have much curve to them and I don't do high-waisted too well) Here's to other patterns that suit you perfectly!

Mary Danielson said...

Roo, I am so sorry that this pattern didn't work out for you, especially after I raved about it so. Failed sewing projects are the most frustrating thing ever! It was definitely a TNT pattern for me - I'm actually in the middle of my third version - but can see how it wouldn't work on every silhouette. What a bummer, though.

MaryinTN said...

Sorry it didn't work out for you Roo. Its not a pattern for me either. Too curvey and high waisted for my body shape. I have no hips and skinny legs. This pattern needs someone with curves. Hopefully you can re-use the fabric for something else.

Valerie said...

Sorry it didn't work for you but count me in! If by some fluke I win my email address is under my profile.

Nita said...

I'd give it a shot! I've never sewn a skirt before so don't know what kind of luck I'd have...

Oranges and Apples said...

such a shame it hasn't worked out. I have exactly the body shape needed for this, so I'll put my name in the hat for the giveaway. franca(dot)macleod(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenni said...

Such a shame that this didn't work for you. Very kind of you to pass the pattern along :-) jmurdison (at) gmail.com

Alexandra said...

Oh no! What a shame! Maybe you can salvage the denim?

It's the worst when you put the effort into making something you're excited about only to find that it just doesn't work for you! For me, it was Megan Nielsen's Crescent top.

I've not given up on it mind you, I just.... need a break before I can face it again!

I hope you can manage to get the pattern to work for you, it looks like such a good'un!

Megan said...

I'm so glad you were able to make your peggy work! I'd love to give this a try myself - thanks so much for the giveaway! (showandtellmeg@gmail.com)

Naomi Abramowicz said...

And I forgot to leave me e-mail in my comment, silly me! Btw, bravo on your petite Peggy - it's lovely! (naomimolly.abramowicz(at)gmail.com)

andsewtoknit said...

Aw, I hate sewing something and it doesn't suit. can you unpick the pieces and use the fabric for something else? I would love to have a go at this pattern, thanks Roo :)

ohsewfantastic said...

At first I thought "oh dear..." but then saw your "rescued Peggy" - what a result! I love it on you. Being a curvy girl if I were lucky enough to win this pattern, would have to tackle it straight away, I'm thinking a brocade would look stunning... (Anne - echarri.berry@talk21.com)

Ms Hicks said...

How disappointing! I hate it when that happens - I usually just stuff it all in a bag and hide it away somewhere out of sight! You are much more thoughtful! I am quite curvy so it would suit me I guess. What will you do with that lovely material - re design it for something else?
Good luck!

Ms Marple said...

I love your modified Peggy and would love to make a denim one myself. Tanya (tanyajnash@hotmail.com)

LinB said...

The "before" shot, from behind (before you rescued sweet Peggy, I read that post first) reminds me of 18-century silhouettes, and panniers, and bum rolls. Makes your waist look infinitesimal, by the way. So glad you were able to effect a rescue. So very much understanding why you'll never use the pattern again.

SimpleFibreLife said...

I'm do glad you were able to save the skirt!
asimplefibrelife(at)gmail(dot)com

Ro said...

Sorry, It didn't work out. You make lovely garments, you are one of my inspirations for my own sewing ventures. (rlittle7@email.cpcc.edu)

NannySews said...

Well done! I'm always in awe of sewists who can take a pattern and make it their own. You did the same with your red Camber dress. Love that one too. I, on the other hand will soldier on, honing my skills and will someday create something I will be proud to share with others. Perhaps it will be a Peggy Skirt. If the pattern happens to come my way you can contact me at oakridge0407(at)gmail(dot)com.

Kate Price said...

Nice work fixing it so it looks great on you. I would love to give it a try!

My details are kateeprice[at]gmail[dot]com

melissa spooner said...

I think your modified skirt looks lovely, but I would be happy to be the new owner of your pattern

Melissa

melissaspooner22@gmail.com.au

tea and cake said...

I am sorry it didn't work for you (though I have now seen the next post, and it looks gorgeous!)
However, i do have a large behind, and I think it would suit me, very well! So, please do consider me, and I shall be forever grateful. xx
my email address is; nan.knit@btinternet.com
many thanks for putting this up for grabs. x

Roobeedoo said...

Time's up! Giveaway closed and I will blog the winner in a few minutes...