21 May, 2009

All Sewn Up - My Giveaway!

Sewn is a new site being launched on 8th June 2009. 

SEWN is new and innovative online quilting and sewing community for all lovers of fabric crafts. We have Tips and Innovative Tools to help with your projects, an Advice Centre for all your sewing questions, online forums and chats, and information on your local shops, sewing groups, quilt groups and classes.

SEWN will feature designers and shops from Australia and New Zealand, as well as the latest from the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.

There will be articles, interviews and tutorials from industry experts, competitions and free patterns! We’ll even be reporting via podcast from craft shows around Australia and the USA
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I thought I would get involved as I am very excited about having another wonderful Aussie based crafting community and join their Blog Giveaways . . 

So comment below with your most embarassing crafty moment and I will randomly choose a winner to win mystery prize!!


50 comments:

Nova said...

Well, let's see, I've already managed to slice my finger open with the rotary cutter. Is it wrong when your priority is to keep from bleeding on the pretty fabric? :)

Vicki said...

Hmmm..
How about when you HAVE to get to spotlight before they close on a 30% sale and you get there and have to fight for the last few overlocker threads and a lady points out to you that ur shirts inside out and ur skirt is tucked in ur undies!

krousegirl said...

My fondest moment (and there have been a few) is when my grandma looked at my quilt, the second I had ever made and was quite proud of, and she told me it would be better when I learned to use a sewing machine...which of course I had used! Leave it to Grandma's honest opinion!

Grace said...

Realizing after 10 or so years of sewing with my sewing machine that I was threading it wrong.... the repair shop lady probably thought I was crazy. But it still worked but now it works much better.

free indeed said...

Many years ago, before I knew anything about quilting, I did sew a 'quilt' for a baby and thought to birth the quilt (I didn't know of any other way to make a quilt). Well, I did everything I needed to do and sewed her up. I left at least two pins in there which was holding my batting/backing together. Found the tiny pin section showing while tacking the quilt...Yikes! Dangerous for the wee ones!

Katherine said...

oh bummer.. i cant think of anything :(:(

only things i have done is just sewn things the wrong way together, or caught pant legs so its been closed up etc

Lori Kay said...

I guess I would claim some of the poorly made things I've made as pretty embarrassing. I've come a long way - thankfully!

Renee G said...

I guess the most embarassing thing that I've done is follow the pattern. When my oldest boy was four I made him a dinosaur Halloween costume. My family all teased me because I had followed the pattern exactly including the white eyelet trim on the dinosaur hat. My family pointed out that I could have modified it slightly so it didn't look so much like a girl dinosaur. Oh well, he was cute (white eyelet and all).
rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

Bec Clarke said...

There are alot of good comments here I don't know if mine tops it. I made myself a lovely maternity top while pregnant last year and wore it out one night thinking how lovely I looked only to realise upon getting home that I had put both sleeves on inside out.

Lois0607 said...

I made a bridesmaid dress for a friend's wedding. I took my measurements, marked the pattern, cut and basted it together. It fit perfectly. So I hung it up - quite satisfied that I had finished the dress five weeks before the wedding.
The day of the wedding I took it out of the closet and put it on. As I walked down the aisle, I felt so uncomfortable - something just didn't seem right. My dress was slipping and drooping in odd ways.
Yup, by the time the vows were read I was struggling to hold my dress together - I had never completed the final stitching

Kay aka dkswife said...

I have had the sewing machine needle right through my right index finger...Oh my how bad did that hurt, and it was in school none the less.

Other than making things that were either poorly fitted or just down right ugly, the needle through the finger has been my most embarrassing and painful.

Angelia said...

I'm not sure I have an embarrassing crafty moment, or maybe I just don't choose to remember those ;)

Krissy said...

Some very funny moments there ladies!! Keep them coming . . I am going to use the random generator to choose a winner so if you dont have one . . its okay!

Lisa said...

How about when I first started sewing, sewed a bag liner to the outer turned it and realised I had sewed it the wrong way out, so took ages to unpick, re-sewed and I'd done the same thing! I should have just given up sewing then.

Allyoo said...

Getting myself on a roll & thinking I had sewn a whole heap of pram liners together in the wee hours one nite & going to bed all satisfied .... Then to find in the morning that they were all sewn the wrong way so sat for the whole day unpicking etc to sew them back together & then making the same mistake all over again ... GGGGgggggrrr !!!!

Although spending a day in Spotlight with a certain friend *cough* & then having to protect our stash of chosen fabrics as we had collected so much people thought it was a pile to go back on show !!!! :)

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I have had several embarassing moments. Two lately have had to do with my Renaissance inspired wedding gown.

After about a 16 hour cramming/stitching session, I somehow managed to stitch the train together so that it looked like a split chicken breast instead of a nice swooping oval curve.

The second was the eve of the wedding when my hem came completely unraveled (basting stitches just don't cut it) and with literally under 5 minutes to go, the only thing available to fix it was...DUCT TAPE! In bright blue no less.

Yes ladies, I was married to the love of my life in a beautiful custom gown held together with Duct Tape... If we would have had baling wire for the stays, it would have been a complete redneck wedding.

FBF said...

Hi! I found your blog from the temporary SEWN website, and this is definitely the most creative of the giveaways, so I'm entering.

I have two embarrassing moments. One was when I was doing the final seam on a really adorable skirt for my younger cousin. I took it off of my sewing machine, had her try it on, when it promptly fell off her. Turns out the bobbin had been completely empty for a little while and I hadn't even noticed!

The second was when I was making a pair of pajama pants and sewed the legs together. I seem to have forgotten that I have two legs... can you tell I'm a tad bit forgetful?

Pam said...

While in high school, I took a sewing and home economics class. That was back in 1979. I was so proud of my finished garments, a skirt and matching jacket. I took them to school for a final grade and was told, gulp and sigh, I had sewn the fabric wrong side out! LOL. As part of our grade we had to model the garments for the class and then wear them the rest of the day at school. LOL. I can promise you I have been much more careful since!

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit accident prone so which embarrassing moment to choose from? Maybe the mother's day picture frame keychains I made for my mother and mother-in-law which they both managed to break within a week of receiving them. Not my bad workmanship...honest!
Deb - debyeo@hotmail.com

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Haha... hold on I have to stop laughing... I made a matching pair of Thomas the Tank boxer shorts for my son and husband... only i sewed one leg on each inside out. But they still matched!! hehe... we're joinging in the launch fun too

xo Steph

Kyra said...

Well, it's not SUPER embarassing but right after I joined the local quilt guild I put off making my nametag until the day of the first meeting. Needless to say I messed it up pretty good trying to hurry and went without it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda T said...

When I was about 15 I figured I could sew a pair of pants without a pattern. They were the ugliest pair of pants! Way too tapered! I quit sewing for quite a while, but am glad that I took it up again. No more patternless sewing for a while.

Anne said...

My first quilt I made I didn't even lower the feed dogs..

Amanda said...

Once upon a time back in high school we were all given the project to sew up an item of clothing (of our choice) to hand in as our grade. Problem being I didn't even know how to thread a machine let alone sew! So the teacher realising my predicament offered me a pencil case kit to sew instead and I still managed to stuff that up!

Rose said...

Lets see, all my crafty moments are embarrassing but the worst??

I am new to sewing, and the first time I made my son a pair of pants, I was really careful, followed my hand drawn pattern, did everything right, went to put them on him only to realise I had sewn the top of the pants shut.

I was trying to put them on him to show my nan and my aunty who are both sewers, so I was mortified, they were laughing so hard.

zees5 said...

I thought pattern sizes were the same as dress sizes and had to return $95 in patterns to clerk who shook her head back and forth at me at JoAnn's Fabrics (:

izazbz@yahoo.com

Kat said...

Hmmmm - might have to be when I made my first pair of shorts and sewed them together upside down so the legs were long and the crotch was very very very short. They weren't a good look!

Harooney said...

I made my DD a lovely velour print Olivia by Farbenmix. It had short sleeves but with long french terry sleeves under. It was a late night job. I struggled with the sleeve hem but kept going and got it finished. the next day, I realised that the sleeve hem had a strange wave shape. Yes, I had managed to sew the sleeve hem to the shoulder . That was a few months ago. I am embarrassed to say that today she was wearing it at Spotlight and no, I hadn't fixed it and felt sure that every sewist in the place had noticed lol.

sandyandcosmo said...

Never slice your finger open with your new knife-edge shears on a Saturday night, you might end up in the E.R. with all the drunks. Not that I would know, of course :).

sandyandcosmo(at)yahoo(dot)com

Krousegirl said...

comment #3, i forgot to leave my contact info:
krousegirl2 at aol dot com
THanks!

Anonymous said...

I once strung a necklace for my sister for her birthday with wooden beads...and it broke as she tried it on...just one of many moments!
BlRohloff(at)aol(dot)com
Thanks

momma rae said...

mystery prize, eh? i love it!! thanks for the opportunity!

i had been knitting for nine months or so when i realized i had been counting the rows all wrong! as in, way, way off!

glenda said...

mine has to be when i sewed oldest son his sports shorts,he wore them gladly to school,bent down to pick up the ball and well
rippppppppppppp went the butt of his shorts to top it off he was wearing his hite turnedpink jocks

vada0427 said...

I've sewn through my finger before - more painful than embarrassing....maybe it's the big splotch of modge-podge that won't wash off the bum of my favorite black stretch pants (yep, spilled it over myself trying to do a project sitting on my bed) - I always forget it's there until I get home from somewhere I've worn them & think "oh my - I still have on my glue-y pants!"

Karen G.

supermedic said...

HMMM, MY MOST EMBARRASSING WOULD BE THE TIME I MADE FLANNEL PJ BOTTOMS FOR MY FRIENDS KIDS WHEN I WAS JUST LEARNING TO SEW AND DIDN'T NOTICE THAT BECAUSE I FORGOT ABOUT A FLIP OF THE FABRIC ON LEG PATTERN WAS UPSIDE DOWN AND I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE--THE KIDS DID LOL

Joyce said...

Most embarassing moment! Has to be the day I sliced my finger with a rotary cutter. The doctor that stitched it up, gave me a lecture on sharp tools, and then told me his mom quilts, but only uses scissors! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lotta said...

My old quilts can sometimes make me feel embaressed. Seeing the poor work I did when I first started makes me want to hide them in a closet but at least I can see now that I have improved,
Lotta

Krissy said...

Thank you for all sharing your moments . . I am loving them!!

And I can not believe how many entries there are!!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Hey Kam thanks for entering my give away!! Thought I would enter yours... YAY... Most embarrassing moment was in High School. I made a bag...pretty simple nothing too hard just a round draw string with straps... I managed to sew the base on back to front and twisted one of the straps. It also had stripes(bad move) and didnt line up at all... But I loved it all the same because I made it... and I used it!! HAHA

xo Steph

mirage said...

usually most times when I show my husband a finished "masterpiece" (be it a quilt, dress, bag) and he looks and smiles and looks and then says, it's nice what is it!
Ahhh but I still luv him as he turns a blind eye to my ever growing stash!

Erin@1N3sew said...

i cut the fabric with rotary cutter a piece at a time :D

A Joyful Chaos said...

My most embarrassing moment in sewing must have been when i was teaching someone else how to make a sunbonnet and I happened to sew my finger.

ikkinlala said...

I'd just been warning my family not to sit on my knitting projects, and then I sat on a DPN. Ouch!

Amanda said...

hmmm, gotta love a good mystery. I sewed my skirt bottom on backwards, and then tried it on like that. I know, not too embarrassing, but i have only been sewing for about 2 months.

Kim said...

I love surprises! And would love to win your mystery prize :-)

The outfit you made is adorable!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

A mystery prize - how intriguing! Thanks for participating in the SEWN launch give away.

JenniferB said...

I was sewing together 4 squares to make a block for quilt and had made about 10 sets of them when I decided to open them all up and look at them. I then realized that I had sewn 2 of the 4 squares on each set on the wrong side. Had to rip the stitches out and start over.

For the Keeper at Home said...

Oh...does slicing part of my finger off with my rotary cutter count as an embarrassing moment? :-)
Thank you!
Mrs B

danielle said...

i am too new to have done anything REALLY embarrasing, except pinning myself to my quilt, sewing my fingernail, digging the quick-unpick into my thumb, slicing myself with the rotary cutter...but that is all part of my general clumsiness!!

thanks for the chance : )

aSprinkling said...

Embarrassing...hmm...one Christmas, I had lost my job and decided to make quilts for my family on the cheap. Unfortunately, cheap didn't translate into anything but UGLY. I still hope that everyone has forgotten!