Remember my recent and beloved Peter Pan collar blouse pictured above? After just its third wash I noticed this...
As you can imagine, I was devastated...but I knew exactly what had happened!
When it comes to sewing curves most of us fall into two camps. Those who leave a generous seam allowance and clip into it. And those who forgo clipping and trim the seam allowance as close as they dare. I fall into the latter camp as I find clipping fiddly and I prefer the flatter results that trimming can achieve. Doing this has mostly turned out fine for me, as I normally work with cottons. But with my black viscose, just like Icarus, I flew too close to the sun (or trimmed too close to the seam).
So heed my warning people - when working with fabrics that fray be VERY careful when trimming seam allowances. DON'T trim too close to the edge or your seams will weaken and eventually come apart. I'll even consider clipping next time!
The saddest thing is that I know I won't replace this collar, even if it's easy enough to do. I'm just not wired that way - once a make is done, it's done! I'd sooner make another of these blouses from scratch than spend hours unpicking and trying to fix this one. Pigheaded, but true!
I hope sharing this sad tale will help save some of you a whole load of heartache in future. What's your cautionary stitching tale?