I am not a good seamstress. I’m slapdash and inaccurate, I don’t know the intricacies of setting up my sewing machine, and I have limited trouble-shooting skills when things go wrong. However, I use good quality fabrics and easy patterns, and I usually can wear what I make, at least around the house.

The photo above is B6099, with the main pieces sewn together. Here is what it’s supposed to look like:


This tunic may end up as what the sewing bloggers call a “wadder,” though. I got all the main pieces sewn together and spent hours getting the placket right, or as close to right as I will be able to get it, and I’m feeling fairly confident about the sleeves.


But the shoulder line is about twice what it should be. The sleeve cap is about halfway down my bicep. It can’t be worn. It may simply be ludicrously too big, but I think there’s something wrong with it. I took two great pleats on each side in order to get it to stay on the hanger.

So should I spend hours more getting the cuffs right and figuring out how to fix the shoulder issue, knowing that it might be unwearable in the end?

Or finish it up, wear it as a nightshirt, and let the experience remind me to fit the tissue before I cut the fabric?