Hey- Hey! I finished something!

Well, you know I’ve been a-sewing, but I ain’t been a-showing. This week- forgive me in advance- I’m a-showing two tops. Yes, two! Burda 6354 and Butterick 6594 have that blousey, large-lunch forgiving shape I love and lots of options for color blocking or just making the gaudiest print even more hard to look at. I of course chose the latter. 6354

As you will soon see, I attempted to stand as awkwardly as the models for comparison.

Thoughts?  I’ll make this again. Maybe a touch longer. My little Mary Todd Lincoln shoulders of course made me edit the neckline. I get hunchy, you knows? So after I put this on Ms Holloway and did some snipping, I ended up not needing the button closure loop at the back. It wouldn’t have saved me from a back seam tho- the waist detail peplum action goes from kidney to chole.


This fabric has been sitting. I have a very good friend out there who knows that I need to wear more springy tones and leave my browns alone, so this is sort of a muslin. Next time I’ll also add a bit more ease in the sleeves. Bell-ringing in my tower has given this little hunchback some powerful arms. You should hear me do Pink Floyd- it brings tears to the congregants.

want to see the front? Ok, full disclosure. My water company is feuding with he city over a sewer repair that they want us to pay for. So yesterday, on my day off- my water got cut off- because the city hadn’t ponied up. It was grim in the dachshund den, I tells you. I bathed like it was Jack London’s house in the Yukon. I heated all our ice cubes on the stove and gave myself what I shall forever think of as a penguin whore bath. Sorry for the visuals but I promised you no rose garden.  So no makeup was happening. Never fear- I used filters like the cool bloggin’ instabraggin’ gals do. This one is supposed to make my face look slimmer.


Ready for round 2? Still picturing a tepid ice cube frenzy in my kitchen? Stop it!! You make me blush!


When I first saw this pattern I thought- ‘yech- it’s Blossom! Grab the slouchy socks I’m gonna hurl’ but the shape looked like it could be very comfortable and oh what possibilities and look, the shoulders come pre-sloped!

Gentle reader, I made it. In a brown fabric! Of course. This one is definitely a weekend top. Comfy, mildly interesting and that’s about it. I used a bias tape for the neckline instead of a self facing. This pattern feels like a good way to use up ‘meh’ fabrics. I was concerned that it would be monster gathering in front and scream ‘fertile peasant’, but it’s not too hovery.

I swear on Debbie Reynolds gently used tap shoes- this is almost my last piece of brown stash fabric! Honest Intestine! I swear!

This next filter is a Kardashian favorite- nose contouring, sculpted eyebrow, engaging pout….

IMG_2526 (1)

photo credits: pattern review, little me.

19 thoughts on “Hey- Hey! I finished something!

  1. Katrina says:

    Can you come over and finish some of my things? I’m going to have to rent a storage locker for my UFOs. Love the new tops but your poses are not nearly awkward enough to meet pattern envelope standards, sorry.

    I’ll keep the ice cube bath in mind for the next time the cable company bores into the city water main and we’re without water for 2 days.


  2. great sews, I love the quirky diagonal on the first one, so effective. The shoulders and sleeves of the second are really lovely and exactly the style I want to make next – when I can get all the other wanna makes in a line….. well wear


  3. lauraborealis says:

    You gave me the sads (and the giggles) picturing a poor little penguin whore grimly going about her business. I like your Butterick so much more than the pattern cover would lead me to believe possible – fabric’n’all.


  4. Kathy M. says:

    You utterly crack me up! What a witty sense of humor. Most enjoyable. I never would have given the Butterick pattern a second glance but for your rendition. And what’s the problem with brown? For some of us, it’s the summer color we lighten up to from black.


    • Yes! My spirit animal is a chubby mink- I love the browns- but I can overdo it! I need to explore other colors or join a Trappist community…..one that won’t feature a vow of silence of course.


  5. ellegeemakes says:

    Oh, you always make me smile!! Love the burda with the peplum because I can never get enough of that style. I love your brown print. I’m going to have to put that on my list.


  6. Your filters always make me wonder…… ! You have such a vibrant wit and positive way of seeing the world around you. I am willing to bet you have a wonderfully happy smile and a lovely face, do we ever get to meet the real you??🧡


    • Well, I kind of stopped doing sewing posts because I didn’t think I was really bringing any new info to the table and I’m shy about the picture taking- thank you for your kind words!


Something lovely to share?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s