Sewing sure illustrates life sometimes. If we try to take short cuts or think we know better, we usually pay a price. For me, spending a little bit of time at the beginning of the day reading the Bible and related inspirational writings and then praying (usually with my dh) is like securing the edges of our relationship and of our day.
This is a piece of flannelette fabric destined to become a pair of pyjama pants.
The 12 year old student had come to class straight from the store and had not had time to pre-wash her fabric. We cut out the pattern anyway. (She was there for the hour and there was nothing else to do.) We added length to the legs because I knew it would shrink when washed. (Flannelette is especially bad that way.) What I realized later was that it would also lose some of its width. Would the pants fit? She could make much narrower seams to accommodate the shrinkage in width, but I went to the store and bought some more fabric just in case. (The pic shows what happened after my piece went through the washer and dryer. )
I wish I had taken a picture of her finished product, but as usual, mom was at the door just as she was finishing her lovely pj's and away she dashed out the door with them. She had them safely stowed in a tote bag page that she had made in an earlier class. And yes, they fit and even the narrower seam allowances will with-stand launderings because all the edges were nicely zig-zagged.