A pretty green FAIL…

So. I’ve been dreading this post, since a couple of you expressed interest in the fabric and/or the pattern. I’m sorry. I don’t know what happened, but this just didn’t work out for me. I suspect that the slippery fabric got off grain a bit (or perhaps a lot)? Anyway, it pulls oddly (while being a bit big everywhere), there’s a strange “poof” under each of the bust darts as though they aren’t big enough, but it pulls the blouse up awkwardly if I pin it out….?

See the weird poof near the bust dart?

Oddly enough, the double side boob look doesn’t appeal.

I don’t know. I’ve fiddled around with the pattern until my muslin seemed like it was going to be perfect, and then to cut it out and have it be all strange has kind of ticked me off. I would try to salvage it, except for the fact that it’s too short…I don’t know if it shrunk while I was pressing it?? I did prewash it, and send it through a fairly hot dryer, but I’ll confess that I had to use a pretty hot iron on it to get the darts to even come close to being pressed flat. I just know that when I lift my arms, way too much of my belly is on display, and no one wants to see that!

I could probably “fake it” if I wore it with an elastic belt, but I’m tired of ending up with stuff that I have to belt for it to look right. I just hate belts, OK!? I don’t like them on pants, I don’t like them around my ribcage (because that’s where they always end up–right under my boobs), and wow does that sound like a whiny little kid. 😳 Well, I guess that’s just how I roll sometimes. LOL. Seriously though, I have to wear one to hold my pants up, I’d really prefer not to wear one to “hold my chest up” too. 😛 (No, it doesn’t really do that, but they ride up and look like that’s what it’s doing.)

But lest you think this post is a complete whinefest, I did learn a lot about my body and it’s particular fit issues as well as how to fix the flat pieces of paper to get the results I want. And I also learned that apparently you can do 2 FBA’s to get a more accurate result, which is something I’m definitely going to start doing, because one huge one really makes the armscye awkward, and the dart unwieldy (plus it ends up not quite big enough). I definitely liked cutting out the size 8 in the front (and a 12 in the back), I think it came closest to fitting my more-appropriate-for-a-10-year-old shoulders and upper chest than the 12 does. I really need to figure out a good method of scooping out across the high bust area though, seems like no matter what I do the set in sleeves get strange wrinkles in the front next to my boobs, but the alternative seems to be lots of pulling when I move my arms forward. Any fitting experts who know what I’m doing wrong, I’m desperate to hear from you!!

So, next I think I need a quick and easy project, and I’ve got just the fabric and pattern. After that, I have a couple of dresses that I’ve been wanting to make up since my one and only pair of remaining slacks are getting too big and are also dry clean only (seriously, I have no idea why I bought dry clean only pants–especially not dirt magnet black wool pants!) Plus, I think I’d like to wear a few more dresses…just to see how I like them over the long term. I’ve always thought them too girly, but maybe my tastes have changed. We’ll see. Anyway, congratulations if you make it through this excessively long and boring novel post! You are awesome!! Mwah!

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In progress

I’ve been tweaking on the Sewaholic Alma blouse since I made up the one for Jungle January. I’ve cut out a different size on the front, made up a couple of muslins, adjusted darts, etc. etc. and I decided to go for it. My fabric is called Stretch City Charmeuse from Fabric.com.

It’s going to either be cute or clown, I haven’t decided which. I’m making the view with the long sleeves, so I’m a bit nervous that it might be too much, but hubby says he thinks it will be fine and that I worry too much. If nothing else, I’ll have something to wear for St. Patty’s Day, right? 😉

BTW, I decided to take my machines apart and get all the lint out myself. I tried to oil what looked like it needed it, but I chickened out about anything terribly close to the computer components, so I only bought myself a short term reprieve I suspect. Though, my machine was running so much more smoothly and quiet, just like when I get it back from a service that maybe I did an OK job. I did my serger too, which was so much less terrifying. I always forget how quiet (which is totally a relative term–it’s never very quiet) my serger is after being lubed up. Since it sounds like we’re going to be snowed in for the next few days, so I should have plenty of time to finish up a couple of sewing projects. 🙂

Sssssssewaholic Alma for Jungle January!

A little late, but better than never, right? I’ve actually had the blouse done for a week, but was waiting until I got the belt done before taking pictures. To give you an indication of how terribly slow I am at sewing, that little belt? Took me a full hour from pulling the fabric off the shelf to taking pictures. 😳 Tutorial @ Tilly&TheButtons.

Sorry no modeled pics, I had to be my own photographer, and the concept of self-timer completely eludes me.

I want to thank PrettyGrievances for the idea to use up this fabric that’s been marinating in my stash for a couple of years or so. I liked it at the store (obviously), but once I got it home I had no idea what to do with it, until this came along.

Bonus? Not only was this a stashbuster, but this was also one of my resewlutions–I sewed up an indie pattern and it wasn’t a fail! 🙂 I’m not sure what I can say about this pattern that hasn’t been covered by pretty much everyone else in the blogosphere, but if you haven’t tried it, I think it’s a keeper! I’ve got a few kinks I’ll work out on my next version (and there will be a next version very soon!), but overall I was pretty pleased with it “as is”. The only disappointment I had (with the end result, not the pattern) was that the fabric for this one was too “floaty” for the side zipper, IMHO. I’ve had this happen before, but I’ve never seen a zipper that was softer for lightweight drapey fabrics (this one appears to be a poly blend challis). If they exist though, let me know!

My shame…

First off, I want to say that yes the coat is completed. *HAPPY DANCE!!!!* But, you don’t get to see it until I get some cool modeled pics of it. Seeing it on my dressform just doesn’t seem to do justice to the sheer amount of effort that I put into a simple coat. So you’ll have to wait until tomorrow or Thursday when I can convince the hubster to take pics over his lunch break. 🙂

Before I move on though, I just have to show you the amount of ripping out I had to do before the project was completed (and this was just the hem!!) My son kindly allowed use of his hands for the photo shoot. 😉

Lots 'o Thread

Oh! And guess what came in my mailbox yesterday?!?!

IMG_0178 First Sewaholic

If you guessed my first ever Sewaholic pattern, you’d be correct!! I bought the Alma blouse pattern, and didn’t it come in the sweetest little package? 🙂 I’m really excited to start on it, but first, I have to get to the shame I alluded to in the title.

One of my resewlutions this year was clean up the sty I call a sewing room. It’s terrible. So, here it is at it’s worst. (NOTE: I was attempting to use my brand new Flickr account to post the pictures, but I haven’t figured out how to do that, so I guess you’ll just have to click the link and watch the slideshow there. 😦 )

http://www.flickr.com/photos/91825476@N04/sets/72157632470211471/

See what I mean? It’s just awful. It was such a pain to not be able to find the seam ripper I put down 5 seconds before. And don’t even get me started on the “treasure hunts” I’ve had to go on if I ever dropped anything into that pit of filth!! So as you can see I’ve also got some pics of it after I’d been working on it for a couple of hours. I’m pretty proud of my progress so far! 🙂

Well, if I’m going to get to start on the Alma blouse tonight (fingers crossed!) or even tomorrow I’d better get back to it, things always seem to slow down after the kiddo gets home from school. 😉