scalloped disaster

On Saturday I found myself trying to tackle about ten different things at once, one of which was an attempt at a scalloped hem à la Chloé. I was so caught up in the thought that I could wear this to a party that same night that I didn't give myself enough time, I wasn't careful enough, and in the end, I ruined a pretty lovely thrifted skirt.

I had read Vain and Vapid's tutorial months ago, and this one as well, but I didn't re-read them before I tried it. I spent all of five minutes actually sewing the skirt, and I did a sloppy job (of course). Sewing curves at high speeds isn't really a good idea. Also, I think the scallops would have looked much better if they weren't so deep. I used fabric that I cut off as the facing and I think it would have been better to use a light cotton fabric.

I cannot wear this. I had to hem it above the kick pleat at the back and so it's really, really short. And puckered. Oh so puckered.

I'm glad I tried it because I learned from it, but at the same time, I'm sad that I chose to destroy a skirt in the most delicious shade of yellow. There are so many ugly colours of skirt to choose from at the thrift shop, and I chose my beloved yellow. Woe, woe.


  1. aawww, anabela, i think it's cute, from what i can see!
    but we do learn from our mistakes. perhaps you can turn the skirt into something else?

  2. Oh sewing disasters make me sad. I suggest you take a good and proper amount of time to grieve. I'm glad you wrote about it, its all part of the grieving process.
    One day these wounds will heal and another yellow skirt just waiting for a proper scalloped hem will find you.

  3. live and learn. experience is the best teacher (via CS Lewis). This is yummy shade of yellow. I applaud you for trying! I would have given up at the idea of DIY.

  4. Anonymous25.3.09

    I love scalloped hems! It makes me sad that it'll be a very long time (if ever) that I can sew well enough to make something like that.

    First attempts are almost always weird, so I'm sure it'll be much more successful next time!

  5. Oh, I know how you feel! Sewing sometimes makes me very angry with myself for messing up a great fabric- but you learn from it!

  6. Anonymous25.3.09

    Hi Anabela, I normally look your blog but I never write on it, that's because my english is really bad!!!
    But this time I would like to suggest you to make something nice with this pretty skirt. Maybe something like the dress of Top Shop in the Vain and Vapid's tutorial. You could make a loger skirt with another white layer.

  7. Thank you all very much for your sympathy. I wasn't going to write about it, but I make a million mistakes and it's important to talk about those too. I may try the extra layer idea -- see, it was totally worth it to post about this! I would never have thought about that myself, even if it's right in in the post I linked!

  8. Anonymous25.3.09

    Actually (and I don't mean for this to sound insensitive at all) these kinds of entries are some of my favourites to read. I like how you can be totally honest about frustrating stuff like this AND also have a sense of humour about it all. And anyway, the skirt still looks super cute from what I can see!

  9. ahhhh, but it looks excellent in a little photo! ;)
    i have botched many a sewing project, it takes so much time and patience!

  10. There's got to be a way to save this... Perhaps a couple gathered long layers of a matching, floaty fabric like chiffon that would extend down from behind the pretty scallops? Like an upside-down flower... Does that make any sense at all?

  11. Emily: Not insensitive at all! I'm very glad you picked up on my ability to laugh at myself. This whole blog is really just me laughing at myself. Sometimes I worry that my attitude is too subtle for other people to get that! But yes, I am silly and I am the first to admit it. Hooray!

    Thanks, Lauren! And Johanna, that sounds really nice, actually! Thank you! When I tried on the skirt it definitely had a flower vibe going on, so why not draw that out even more?

  12. Anonymous6.4.09

    well, no matter, it makes a lovely picture! And I admire you for chanelling chloe...one of my favorites for spring!