Messes and Mess-Ups Link Up: Damn Curtains

The creative journey, I would argue, is even more important than those amazing finishes. So why aren’t we more forthcoming with all that happens before we post that pretty picture of our latest finish?  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that mistakes and messes are part of the creative process. I wanted to start this link up for us to say, “I’ve been there, too!”

I thought this would be a weekly feature here on Sewing by Moonlight, but I think monthly is going to be a better fit. So the next time your sewing space is a disaster, or you accidentally sewed that piece on upside down, take a photo, and come share it here. We’ll share our messes and our mess-ups because we’re all on this journey together!


These damn curtains.


These are my living room curtains. I had such high hopes for them. I still have high hopes for them, but fixing them is not currently at the top of my priority list. I’m leaving them up because I need something up, and “that’ll do.”

They look okay in the photo above, don’t they? Don’t look too close though …


Ack! The one on the right is too short. It was WAY too short because I cut it without checking my measurements, and then I sewed the piece back on with a French seam, but I didn’t have enough for the curtain to drop below the trim where I want it. It’s just a wee bet too short.


And I can’t really lengthen it because the French seam is pretending to be the hem, but it’s actually disguising where I cut the curtain off too short. Sigh.


The other one, as you can see in the first photo, is completely unhemmed, but if I do hem it, it becomes too short. At this point, my plan is to removed the part that I added and then add a solid band to both curtains. Eventually.

On the quilting side of things: please tell me you’ve done this before. This is the back of a quilt along the edge. The batting flipped over and I didn’t notice and I quilted it right into my quilt. Enter seam ripper.


Your turn. What have you had to unsew recently?