Finally, the purple sweats are finished. I had put off hemming them for good reason and for a long time, but suddenly could use a less ragged, more modest pair of sweats to bring on the annual Christmas trip.
The thick organic cotton french terry curls at the cut edges, or at least some of them. Ironing did not seem to help. Anyway, I think the more I handled the bottom of the pants in preparation for hemming the more they curled, but it’s all a sad blur at this point.
If it weren’t for the awkwardness of the seams and a silly idiosyncratic fear of unfinished curly hems that is too embarrassing to specify, I might have left the bottom leg edges raw. It would not have looked stellar, but likely no worse than what I ended up with, at least viewed up close. Then again, it’s quite possible that I never backstitched the bottom of the leg seams, since I had planned on hemming them. So I would have had to go back and fix those.
At any rate, I am not in the least bit happy with how they look, but they are done and I can bring them with us, and maybe they’ll be a little less weird after a trip through the washer and dryer. That won’t, of course, erase the wandering stitching line, nor the tunneling between the twin needles. If I’m lucky, nothing will come undone, because when I started to hear something go wrong with the machine, it was just at the end, so I never got to backstitch. Heck, not even sure I got to actually finish. But hey, I did what I could with the time I had available. It wasn’t going to be my best work anyway. Good practice, I keep telling myself.
I’m just a little embarrassed lest my over-achieving in-laws get a hard look. But oh well. I’m not them. And now if anyone accuses me of perfectionism, I have solid evidence to the contrary.
I’ll just say this: if I had paid $30 for these at a store, I’d be shockingly pleased by the fit, and furious about the shoddy finishing.
Maybe I’ll write more later about the challenges of doing all this. But for now, it’s time to pack.
Note to self: before the next twin- needle hem that matters, PRACTICE. A LOT.