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This Jarrah is the worst

This Jarrah is the worst // Talking about sewing fails on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I try to be pretty honest about my sewing journey and share the lows along with the highs. As much as i would love everything i sew to be a win, sometimes things don’t go as planned for whatever reason and the finished make isn’t everything I’d hoped it would be.

And this Jarrah sweater is literally the worst. I hate it. And yes those strong words are warranted.

This Jarrah is the worst // Talking about sewing fails on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
This Jarrah is the worst // Talking about sewing fails on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

It comes down to poor fabric choice. I really wanted a nice black sweater, one that was textural and chic and would just go with everything. I thought i had found the perfect sweater fabric. it was wool, very pricey and had an amazing texture and weight to it. It seemed perfect. What I didn’t consider was how it would feel against my skin. I sewed up the entire thing, excitedly put it on… and immediately ripped it off again. You’d have thought there was a spider in there that’s how fast it came off. It was just THE WORST. So horribly horribly itchy. I can’t stand to wear it. Even if you wear it with long sleeves underneath there always seems to be some part of your body that is exposed and touching the sweater.

The only time it’s ever been worn was when i took these photos.

So I said goodbye to it, and put it in a donation bin. And now i’m just hoping against hope that someone with a very high itch tolerance finds it hehe.

I always like to find a lesson in my fails, and i think this one is really all about making sure you consider how the fabric will feel when you’re wearing it. It’s so easy to get swept away in the moment, but from now on, i will be wrapping myself in any fabric before i start sewing… just in case ;)

This Jarrah is the worst // Talking about sewing fails on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Krystal Pederson
Krystal Pederson
2 years ago

Noooo, I’m so sorry! I appreciate that you shared this. Fabric choice, especially for those of us who need to purchase online because of lack of local options, can be so risky!! I saw a post by Elisalex recently where she used a very lightweight jersey as a dress lining. I know it’s too late for your wool sweater this time around. But I love the warmth of wool and also can’t tolerate the spider sensation that comes with it! I’m hoping to try out the jersey lining on my next wool sweater project to see if that helps. How would the Jarrah tolerate a lining?

Shanna
Shanna
2 years ago

I don’t know if you prewashed the fabric or not but sometimes it is the stuff they spray onto the fiber to make it go through the spinning machines that people have problems with not the actual wool.

Toni
Toni
2 years ago

Even as a child in the 1950’s I couldn’t wear wool! I would never buy wool fabric online simply because I need to hold it to tell if I will react! And how badly.
With modern blends I do occasionally find a wool or wool blend that I can wear.

I am sorry you have had such an awful experience.

Deborah (Lee) Deegan
Deborah (Lee) Deegan
2 years ago

Totally agree with wrapping yourself first. I’ve always been touchy feely with fabric. The colour might drag my eye but the fingers reach out to feel. I’ve been know to jump and shriek at horrid feels so people think there was a spider/mouse/cockroach rushing out!
Snuggle up to your next choice and see if the vibes are right. ?

KS Sews
2 years ago

I made a top once that I loved…every time I see the pic I swoon…but the fabric. Sigh. The fabric felt like wearing a plastic bag. So obviously, I couldn’t keep it, but it still makes me sad!!

Anne Stanton
Anne Stanton
2 years ago

Oh dear, my son taught me the trick to rub the fabric on your neck under your ear…easy to do in public in a shop…if it feels bad it’s not for you, He makes a lot of wool garments as part of a living history group in NSW…..

Maisy2bee
Maisy2bee
2 years ago

Things to try for itchy wool. : )
Wash with some glycerine in the water – buy it at the supermarket.
Wash multiple times. It becomes softer and more comfortable over time.
Wear a fabric with a tight weave / knit underneath – e.g. double brushed jersey, until it becomes soft.