|Ugly. Very ugly.|
As it turns out, quite a lot. First of all I'd lost the back facing pattern piece so I had to draft my own and not really knowing what I was doing I think I cut it too big. The wool suiting fabric that I chose was really fray-ey (is that a word?) and much harder to work with than cotton (although it was a total bargain at $4 a metre.) And I forgot to add interfacing to the facing so it didn't sit well. And let's not mention the binding on the armholes. I used bias binding as per the pattern instructions (last time I made my own from the same fabric. The bias binding looked awful - it was really stiff , the fabric was too thick (and did I mention fray-ey?) and to top it off I only had black thread and instead of waiting to get some matching thread I just went ahead, so now I have a wonky black line of stitching around the chunky misshapen arm holes. Oh, and see that black line at the back? that's where I accidently pulled a thread in the fabric when I was furiously unpicking the bias binding for the second time *sigh*.
It might be salvageable. I'm thinking of ripping out the bias binding and replacing it with some cotton binding, and buying matching thread, or I could just start all over again. I'm definitely not feeling as enthusiastic about this project as I was a few days ago. Maybe I should put it aside and come back to it when I'm feeling the love again. What do you do when your sewing projects don't go to plan?