Sunday, February 5, 2012

As God Is My Witness………

…… I'll never sew polyester again!

Burda Plus Fashion
Fall/Winter 2011 #428
All I wanted was a blouse.  This blouse really wasn't that difficult.  I read the instructions a few times and understood the construction of that deceptively innocent looking gathering on the front.   My mistake was choosing 100% polyester fabric. When sewing a nice natural fiber like linen or cotton, one only needs a little steam to make the fabric behave.  Natural fibers stretch and ease.  But polyester?  Polyester doesn't stretch or ease.   It's almost impossible to ease a polyester seam.   Steam wasn't enough to shrink the longer seam.  Steam only made it wet.  It took brute force and a wood clapper to even press the seam allowances to one side.  And even then, the results are less than desirable.  I used every method of easing I know and it wasn't enough.  I got the sloppy looking collar and yoke seen below.

Easing would have helped the collar and yoke.
If the polyester were more cooperative,  I could have eased the seams together and those hideous little hiccups would have disappeared.  If I couldn't get a seam like the yoke to look smooth, imagine what the sleeve would have looked like – especially with the added layers of the bands on the shoulder.  I did what any self-respecting person would do.  I gave up.  I wasn't happy with the way the yoke and collar looked and I knew I would never wear the blouse.

As I struggled with an iron, a clapper and brute strength, I felt like Scarlett O'Hara must have felt when she found herself face down in the dirt scarfing down that raw potato.    A little piece of polyester was not going to keep me from having that blouse.  Just like Scarlett, I got up, wiped the dirt off my face, spit out that damn potato and took myself to the store to look for another fabric to use for the blouse.


  1. Sorry for your frustration, but LOL!

    I like the new look of your blog, BTW.

  2. I don't like 100% poly either!

  3. LOL. Yet another reason to avoid polyester. It's a pretty blouse so here's to finding a nice, natural fiber.

  4. Good for you! That is a really nice blouse and certainly would be great made up in a nice fabric. No point in wasting precious time and energy on yucky polyester.

  5. Oh dear I feel your pain! Hope you find a lovely natural fibre to make the blouse from. Polyester is great in its place but not here!

  6. Way to go, lady! Try and try again until you are satisfied.

  7. I so feel your frustraton. I hate to admit I made an error in judgement. I liked the finished project on PR.