Friday, February 20, 2009

Butterick, how can you be so wrong?

Last night I read the instructions of all my new patterns while I waited for Mr. Hunting Creek to finish his eternal conference call and come make dinner with me. I wanted to decide what to make next. Reading pattern instructions is like being an airline pilot: hours of pleasant boredom interspersed with moments of sheer terror. (OK, maybe not EXACTLY like an airline pilot. But, you get the idea.)
The following instructions should strike fear into any sewista familiar with the handling of knits:


A doubled narrow hem on a knit? Are they kidding me? Whenever I have attempted this, it has always resulted in a wavy stretched out disaster. Knits, most of them, don't unravel, so why are we doing a doubled narrow hem anyway? Why do we finish the edges at ALL? I decide to rebel. I decide that I am not following their instructions.
I feel like a rebel. I feel like a renegade. I contemplate changing my name to Tonya, a la Patty Hearst. Mr. Hunting Creek, when informed of the collossal wrongness of Butterick and their misguided knit finishing policies, is not suitably shocked. I now understand the evangelical fervor of religious missionaries.
I can hardly wait to finish work today to put my revolutionary knit finishing theories into practice. (Is this what Karl Marx felt like? A sense of fanatical RIGHTNESS?)
...to be continued

10 comments:

cidell said...

I used to wonder why my knit hems never came out. It was because I was following these kind of foolish directions!

-E said...

oooooohhhhhhhhhh so that's what went wrong on my last knit top.

I'm so gullible, I fall for big 4 instructions all the time.

gwensews said...

This is why many people give up and quit sewing!bitio

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Insane, right? Twin needles over clear elastic! All modern machines accommodate them and there is no reason on earth instructions don't tell you to use a twin needle on knits.

For me reading pattern directions is like reading a very satisfying short story. I like reading them before bed.

Anonymous said...

I just completed that exact top last night. I was so frustrated by the pleats around the neckline and ripped them out multiple times. I am anxious to see how you will interpret the directions. Good luck!!!

lsaspacey said...

You go girl! Be a rebel, I can't wait to see it!

50sgal said...

Since my new foray into sewing (along with many other things I am discovering are required to live in 1955) I am learning to take many sewing instructions with a grain of salt. Or, rather, I have decided to take what is written as a suggestion rather than gospel. Nice blog, I have just discovered it.

Karen said...

What, are they crazy? Revel in your rebellion, Mrs. Hunting Creek. Roll around in your rebellion if it makes you feel good. (Mr. HC still might not get it, but he'd enjoy the visual).c

You know what you're doing - instructions are more like guidelines anyway. Do what feels right and show us the result. I love that pleated neckline.

Nancy W. said...

You're right, there is no need to double that hem. It will only cause trouble!

Nancy W. said...

You're right, there is no need to double that hem. It will only cause trouble!