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Fail February: The Aurora Tank of Tightness

Hi there! I’m back with my second failed project for Fail February 2017. This fail is simply a sizing problem- I love the style, colors, and pattern, but I messed up with that darn sizing!

It’s the Seamwork Aurora Tank and I’ve made one before which was a complete win! I wear my first Aurora all the time and it’s so comfortable and the fit is good. Since it worked out so well, I did the exact same measurements for my second rendition but it cam out way too tight in the bust!

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I know it looks OK in the photo above, but those gathers poke out all weird and it’s uncomfortably tight. Even my lovely assistant can’t escape from the poor fit:

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Ugh, those BUBBLES!

And it doesn’t look quite right from the back, either…

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See how that pleat is holding on for dear life? Yikes!

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So how did this one turn out so differently than my first? It’s all chalked up to fabric! My first Aurora was made with a very stretchy ITY knit. So even though the size (XS from bust grading to M at waist) is a little off for me, the stretch of the fabric made up for it.

This Aurora is made with a vegan stretch leather for the yoke, which has less stretch than ITY, so it really hugs my shoulders and back tightly. The knit I used for the bottom (mystery fabric – some kind of poly/spandex blend, maybe?)Β  is trying to keep it together but just gets stretched out like crazy.

The good news is I can remedy this fail. I just need to rip out the side seams and insert panels to give me more width. I think that will solve everything. Now it’s just a matter of when I feel like doing it!!

I find it interesting that my two fails for this year are both Seamwork patterns. But I don’t think it has anything to do with the drafting (except those Mojis aren’t made for big badunkadunks). They’re mostly a fail on my part because I suck at sizing!

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Next time I’ll be back with your fails for this month! Don’t forget to tag your fails with #failfebruary on Instagram or link to my Fail February post if you blog about your fails!

Fail on, friends!

-RED

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21 thoughts on “Fail February: The Aurora Tank of Tightness

  1. Honestly sizing and adjusting to your size is the hardest part of sewing in my opinion. For a long time I preferred knits because there’s a bit of a margin with fit, especially as I like my clothes ‘form fitting’.
    At least you can solve this fitting issue!

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    1. So true! And you’d think by using a knit this time around, it would have worked out, LOL! But I should know better that I’m not an XS in any company. I got too many muscles for that πŸ˜‰

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  2. Such a shame it’s too tight as its a lovely top, I love the contrast and hope adding a panel will help. I’ve just had this with a shirt as I made it in a floatier viscose and it’s come out much bigger. Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to know I’m not alone πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks! I think this will turn out just fine once I fix it. Sizing + fabric choice is so difficult! After about 6 years of sewing, I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks! At least it’s somewhat wearable but I won’t wear it as is, so that still counts as a fail in my opinion. One day we both shall be fabric masters and never have problems like these again! (Fingers crossed)

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    1. LOL yeah it could have been much worse! I’ve had some worse fails in the past but unfortunately I got rid of those long before I thought about modeling and posting for Fail February. πŸ™‚

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  3. …and…I have been failing on ONE PATTERN for most of February. If I could plagiarize your signature title line, I would be writing about “the grey dementor capes (yep, plural…) of gloom.” I am in the final throes of trying to save what I can.

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  4. Ugh the lack of stretch! That’s the toughest thing about knits. ITY is insanely stretchy! I remember once I cut out more stretch than I needed to to account for the ITY stretch and ended up (not surprisingly) with a dress that was shorter in every direction and strangely tight in odd ways. Hey, go big or go home though.

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