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-
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.