Simplicity 1104- stop looking at it!


Mistakes. I make them. To err is human, right? I usually make them when I am zipping along on my pink spangled wings flying too close to the sun. Now I have a blouse that resents me. I feel it. So for a week it has dangled from its fancy hanger while we avoid each other.

Let’s go back to our happy days- before I ruined our love foolishly.


Cynthia Rowley patterns always go in my buggy, but I don’t always sew them. Sometimes I love the look, but know they aren’t the best shape for my reverse petite frame. By the time I find the perfect fabric, I’ve seen so many great versions that I am just put off by it. Yup. Reverse inspiration- it happens if I don’t feel like I can make it my own or bring  anything new to it.

Sigh…I made a Lisette from this fabric and had enough left over for a blouse and this pattern didn’t cut up my print too much- like more forward placed princess seams would have, so I call that a win. This is still a pretty warm fabric to use on a lined top in the SC summer, so I skipped the lining and used self binding at the neck and arm holes.

I tried adding a sleeve awning, but it didn’t take. Let’s not talk about it. Just know that it looked like I was wearing little shells over each arm.

Now this neckline is interesting- it sort of squares off and would lay beautifully if I’d lined it. Are you seeing what happened? Am I setting up the story for you? Are you nodding yet?

Caution children- this next paragraph contains foreshadowing:


This edging took me longer than I’d like to admit, but I kept thinking, don’t half ass it. No! I will not settle for almost and then throw some decoration over it to cover the dodgy ripples. I kept redoing and redoing and easing it and oh, mercy Maude! It was perfect! Aw! Now the feeling of accomplishment! I paused in the halo of my ott light to smugly acknowledge a job well done.  Yes, I high-five’d the cat.Those moments- they are magic, right?

I delicately laid out my trophy on the ironing board and proceeded to delicately trim my facing, ever so slowly and carefully, trimming, trimming, Screaming! Howling! Raising fists to the heavens!?

Yup. I caught the fabric and it could only be saved by those vinyl chair repair goo kits they used to sell on TV.

Aargh!! I’m out of fabric- it’s already too low cut to ‘drop it low’ as the cool kids say- fine! Fine! I’ll use fray check and just throw some decoration on it to cover up the dodgy ripples. Oh, how the chubby worm has turned…..

I’d like to think this happens to everyone, I’d like to think you are all nodding and thinking, ‘been there, screwed up like that’ but gees,the mean little voice in my ear that might be the cat-

Is saying, ‘you are soo stupid-nobody else who isn’t suffering from the shakes could have done this!?’

I know in my heart that the cool sewists weave their own fabric from magic sparkly alpacas they bottle feed and dip dyed by hand in organic natural dyes they created from their heirloom beet plants they grow in a special stained glass hydroponic greenhouse that is regularly visited by their fabulous neighbors Helena Bonham Carter and Helen Mirren and they all eat gluten-free scones and then they all drink mojitos and mock me!!!!

Anyhow. Here’s my damned top.


No. I’m not emotionally ready yet. Deep breathe. You can do this Anne- SHOW THEM YOUR FLAWS AND BE FREE.


Now wasn’t that cathartic and liberating? Raspberries!!!!

Alright, I’ll give you the rest of the review now. I skipped the zip- fit and flare saves the effort. I will make this again and I’m wishing it had a sleeve aspect- I could love this in the winter.

Cynthia, can we talk about the neckline or abdomen line as it were?  You see, alot of us over a standard model size have these things that the bodice is supposed to cover. Perhaps even conceal. I’ll slip you a drawing if you aren’t on the same page with me yet. The model can reach down for her diet coke or turn quickly to hug Kaiser Lagerfeld in any neckline, but the unfortunate souls with more shall we say….torso? Have some trouble with these serious plunging necklines. Can we raise the bar a bit, perhaps? Just think on it, m’kay? I raised this 1 inch. 1 people. The bustal glare is still major.


On the whole, I like this. I do hope that version 2 will be nice to this one as they hang together in the closet of gaud’ and not remind it of the awful moment on the ironing board……..

photo credits: pattern review, google images, little me.

63 thoughts on “Simplicity 1104- stop looking at it!

  1. I’ve just had a similarly galling incident on the wife’s steampunk blouse dammit. AND it’s slightly scorched on the inside, but I’m not telling. The blouse is actually really nice and suits you well. Now, what are you going to do to fix it…hmmm…would a narrow collar do the trick? If you can be bothered of course, I think I’d just make another one!


  2. So I was sewing with a friend yesterday and just as I had told her my sad story of snipping the front of my pants while trimming a seam allowance, she cursed because she’d just done the same thing on her top. I used interfacing and zigzagging to recover, she made a patch cleverly disguised as a design element. These things are sent to try us.


  3. Reverse petite frame. I have one too haha! Love the top. Lovely colour on you and the shape is very flattering. And today I snipped a big hole in the back of my dress just picking up a pair of scissors. Just picking them up, for goodness sake! Was only trying to get to the rotary cutter underneath. I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near either of them but don’t tell the nurses!


  4. Teri says:

    So far that’s been the only Cynthia Rowley that I’ve stayed away from. I just don’t think it will look good on me. I do think that it looks great on you and I’m sorry about the little trimming incident. I actually sheared off a good 6 inches from the center of a jacket I was making for my mom with my serger. No extra fabric so had to toss it. And it was fabric that she had bought!!! I wanted to commit harry carry with my sewing shears. Oh, I actually met the lady who makes her own yarn and fabric from magical alpacas and hand dyes them yesterday at the Farmer’s Market. She was super nice but I wanted to punch her in the face. She kept going on and on about all the wool she has. She was asking if I spin and weave and I’m thinking to myself “isn’t sewing and knitting enough?!?”

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  5. Your cat looks so sympathetic! Happens to me all of the time. I should buy Fray check by the case. That’s what scarves are for- to hide all scissor mishaps. I think it is a lovely top on you- the shape suits you well!


  6. You can put a small loop at the center front and the center back and slide a solid scarf through both of them and no one will know that you didn’t buy this from a high end boutique. I have tunic patterns that are cut so low, you could breast feed. Then they have the audacity to draw in a camisole on the envelope like it was part of the original pattern except it is not. We have all done this and also done it to client’s garments and ended up paying to buy a replacement…cost me $200 once…shit happens! When you make it again and raise the armholes, you might also widen the front a little for more coverage just above the front curve. I’d also slash the waistline and drop it an inch or so and check the width of those 4 long front darts to make sure the widest part hits your waist exactly. It is hard to tell from your photos if it is sitting where it should. Love the brooch…be yourself, be eccentric…it suits you, Anne!

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    • I’m taking notes here- I really do want to make another one and these points will go into it! Thanks for the encouragement- tho I can’t believe you’ve ever done such!!


  7. Becki-chitwood says:

    Thank so much for the reminder to be careful, you look adorable. I think that if the depth of the neckline makes you nervous, you should just stick a big flowerdy brooch or appliqué right there! I’ve stitched in dickeys myself or panels myself.
    Love your shirt, I will have to get this pattern now…


  8. I think this is really nice!! What about wearing a white vest underneath if you feel a bit flashy? I wouldn’t have notice though if you hadn’t pointed it out! One time I was trimming my seam allowance and trimmed a whole right in the middle of my fabric! Much screaming and howling ensued haha! Live and learn and all?


  9. sewbussted says:

    When I initially scrolled through the post, my first impression was, “nice top!” It wasn’t until I took the time to read that I saw your issue. So, moral of the story, what you don’t tell doesn’t get noticed 🙂
    I like the idea of adding the loop for a scarf.


  10. I love the colour on you and I also think the shape looks good on you. I don’t think it looks too low, but you have to be comfortable. As for the scorch…can’t even see it. Of course we have all done it. Comes with what we do 🙂

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  11. You are SO not alone with the Evil Elbow-Jarring Snipping Fairies! I think the trick is not to magically summon them by uttering their call-to-attack: ‘Ah what a great job I’ve done here, nearly finished!”.
    That’s a gorgeous top though, and a really great fit. And the neckline does look fab, despite the Evil Snipping Fairies’ best attempts. You’ll be ready for them next time!

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  12. We had a parent at school that kept screeching about how indecent our September photos were in our display case. As they were photos of the teachers coming in on holiday to do a workshop on how to use the Defibrillator, we were shocked and puzzled at her comments. It took us two weeks of looking at the photos to finally see that as one teacher was demonstrating the defibrillator, a little cleavage was showing. Oh, how we laughed . . . and laughed. I think we are so used to seeing a cleavage on TV shows, it takes us a while to notice it when you SHOULD BE SEEING THE GOOD WE ARE DOING!! Great posting, Anne. I always burst out laughing reading your posts. Now, my husband just says, “Oh, did you get another email from that Petty Grievance officer?” By the way, I love that top on you. The fabric is spectacular, and I’m sorry for your misplaced snip.


  13. Given the foreshadowing, I was expecting a *disaster*, but what you have is a great blouse!

    I have an idea for your sleeve predicament: find a woven blouse pattern with a sleeve that you like and use that arm hole shape (instead of the Rowley shape) and sleeve. Just be sure that the bodice front and back width also is the same for both patterns. I franken-pattern like that all of the time and it works well for me.


  14. Leigh Ann says:

    I think it’s very pretty! I like the shape and you look great in that color. I agree about adding a scarf. Problem solved.

    I can identify–I recently hacked a hole in a nearly finished shirt that I was very proud of. I still haven’t fixed it. Aargh.


  15. Agnes says:

    Frankly, I don’t think the neckline is scandalously low…unless you’re going to work, in which case….camisole alert! But for a night out, it looks kinda chic and sexy. And it’s a great color for you and a really nice print. But I get that you may not want to give Duane in payroll the vapors every time you drop off your time sheet. The problem, not just with the Cynthia Rowley patterns, but with soooo many of them, is that they fail to take into consideration that we will actually need to move in these garments. I mean, perform actual everyday functions like bending forward, sitting, turning around. We don’t spend all our time strutting on the runway, OK? And we don’t want to entertain the troops every time we lean over to peruse the avocados. Got it?
    Since we’re all in the confessional mode, I once cut a 3 inch slit in the skirt I was wearing whilst trimming the seams on a blouse. I’m happy to report, however, that the blouse escaped unscathed. You are most decidedly NOT alone.

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    • Oh that is indeed a horror story! Could the skirt be fixed?
      Just prancing about, the neckline is ok, but at my desk it totally changes the meaning of ‘Dr Beemer, come by my office I have the presentation ready for your viewing!’

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  16. Oh I’ve just butchered a blouse that I kind-of liked but not too much to attempt a refashion…disaster! Talk about side-boob, I’m going to have to replace a heap of fabric that I’ve just taken off because it treated it as a knit and not a woven. Ah stuffit, can’t be bothered salvaging it, might make it into a tank instead 😦


  17. Glory be, how often have I cut away a seam saying exactly what you said and doing exactly what you did? Ha! Great fix though and the blouse looks awesome. I also have cat envy…


  18. Jenny says:

    I thought of a way you could possibly rescue the neckline – if you feel so inclined. It was to maybe cut it even deeper then back it with a toning/contrasting/fun modesty piece. I usually have to leave something for a long time though when I have a ‘user malfunction’ before I can think about a rescue mission. It is a nice top though, the colour and shape really suit you so would be worth it.

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  19. It’s such a cute shape! Sewing disasters always make your heart sink a little. I feel your pain with the low neckline. I’m super short between my shoulder and bust, so everything is scandalous. Usually I can fix it okay, but once in a while, the pattern’s details make it impossible (Burdastyle knit dress with the heavy waterfall drape at CF that I never wear, I’m soooo looking at your ugly mug). I definitely think you should persevere with changes as it’s otherwise really adorable on you!

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  20. you know I didn’t even notice on first look. Yep, I admit I scrolled to the pics first and then thought “why the face, it’s lovely?”. The fabric and pattern is lovely. Bummer about the slashing incident but I think totally wearable.
    You did make me laugh with the reverse petite remark! I’ll take that for me too!!

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  21. I assure you that Helen and I never mock you. We’re too busy admiring our stained glass greenhouses and getting sloshed on a wine that we can’t discuss due to non-disclosure agreements. 😉

    No really, I’ve done some really stupid stuff with my sewing. It happens to us all! So I hope the cat stops being judgy and the pups give you some extra love. On to the next project!

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  22. You really can’t tell, your top looks perfect and it is really lovely on..You definitely are not alone. I just cut a hole in some silk binding on a finished beaded and embroidered garment so no way to take it off. Think it will be lace appliques to the rescue. Xx


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