I have been struggling with motivation in most areas of life for the last few weeks - mid winter blues, post cold or whatever the nasty thing was that went on and on for ever, followed by another that went on and on etc - or maybe it was the same one, followed by yet another cold. So I am not surprised that I have been feeling flat. I have not been interested in much at all, even sewing. Of course, I do what is needed everyday, but without any sparkle. You know, a bit like that sad glass of flat bubbly water.
When I am in the doldrums, I still sew. I can be very slow, but honestly, it is better to do something than to sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Mind you, I found that I made quite a lot of silly mistakes although I had made this pattern up before and and should have known what I was doing.
I used Simplicity 2599 as my base:
The neckline is raised of course, and the sleeves have been altered to a short sleeve. On this variation I shortened the sleeves again. This was because I was using a scrap of fabric I found in an Op Shop.
Just 85cms (112 wide) of poly/cotton gingham. Lovely and soft and lightweight. I could just squeeze the top out. I had to cut the sleeves on the crossgrain, but you can't tell. And I ran out of fabric for the facings, so I just used a scrap of leftovers from the last little top for the facing.
I made the button loop too big - don't ask me how, just a vagary of not feeling up to par. I turned this into an advantage by fastening with a larger silver button - so now I have a feature button.
I managed to sew it in the wrong place the first time around (it was not a good week) and when I unpicked the stitches, managed to make a tiny hole in the facing. I was not going to let this defeat me, so I sealed it with a bit of clear nail polish and then put a daisy on the top. I think this is a real fun touch and it brings a smile to my face when I see it:
So much so that I had to put a little daisy on the facing of the tiny gingham check top (also Simplicity 2599):
Well, enough of the cute problem solving :). I do like to share my mishaps with you, because I know all sewers have problems sometimes, and it is sort of nice knowing you have company.
Here are some quick views - again, photos did not co-operate again. Oh, and reading your comments from last week, I see I am not alone in the dread of the blog photo sessions.
Now I have two wash and wear gingham tops. Which is fine by me, because I tend to be a bit of a uniform type of dresser sometimes. If you want to see the earlier versions of this top, you can find them by clicking here.
My motivation was a little better today so I decided to make a muslin. I usually do, although I don't always post them here. But I thought maybe it is a good idea to actually show you what I do. And why I do it.
I rather liked the look of Simplicity 8053:
I rather liked the shorter looking top shown on the bottom right hand side. This looks as though it sits at high hip level. I saw myself in a nice, bright, cheerful little top. I thought the v neck made a change, as does the jacket look of this blouse. Now, I like to test any pattern quickly before I waste fabric. So I used bits and pieces of unwanted fabric and quickly tried the pattern out. I cut of the hem allowance, and also added the front facing to get an accurate view of what this top would look like.
I think this is not the most flattering look for me - and I haven't shown you this side view, for very good reason. Even Sarah Liz has her limits. Some of you may think it looks okay, but to me it just sort of looks as though this is a cut off bodice, especially the front view. Not a nice, snazzy, crop top. It just looks wrong.
So this lot will go in the bin, where it belongs. On the plus side, I have had the fun of making up this pattern and I know what it looks like. I am also not about to waste a piece of fabric. I don't even like wasting my less stellar fabric, because I find that this still makes okay house clothes and first runs of a pattern.
I will keep the pattern though, because I like the collared, long line version. Which will look better on me, and the dipped front will work better, because I have a pouter pigeon chest which lifts the fronts of all my garments. But with the dipped hem you can't tell. Much easier having a dipped hem than fiddling with altering a pattern so the hemline is straight.
All for now, hope you all have a good week, and for those of you whose sewjo is waning, I hope it returns soon.