I’m still procrastinating about getting back on my sewing machine but I can’t quite put my finger on why.
I need a couple of tops for work and I was even considering going to buy a couple!
After my initial euphoria during Made In May, generally wearing 3 to 4 items each week, I have become a little critical in my efforts.
I think that as I know more, I can see more imperfections in my work.
Some of the fabric I have used (usually the cheaper stuff) has not survived more than a few washes.
Taking a few short cuts has also ended up with garments not performing well for long.
I keep telling myself that I should just GET ON WITH IT, taking on board all I have learnt in the past year but I’m afraid of spending time on something I’ll not completely be happy with.
I’ll show you what I mean.
I now realize that whilst my chest is ample enough I have a narrow back which explains why many of my item ‘bag’ across my the back of my neck. Mind you, I can now see this in many of my rtw items too!
I’ve not worn this dress again since it’s first outing. It needs serious adjustment around the neck line and across the back where it gapes. It is something I could easily (but very fiddly and boring!) do but I’d rather start something new.
This top has the same problem. See how it rises and gapes at the back.
I now know that I need to cut out using my upper chest measurement, do a full bust adjustment and take in up the back centre seam as well as reducing the height at the back of my neck. What a FAFF!
Next is an example of a top that hasn’t lived up to the washing
OK, this was a practice piece in some very cheap jersey. It survived about 4 washes before looking faded and a bit bobbly. I probably shouldn’t have expect more, really!
Remember I made 3 cowls in the same pattern?
Well, this one survives.
But this one was always a little tight in the arm holes (although cut from the same pattern!) and generally everywhere really. It seems also to have tightened up in the wash.
I suppose I have learnt to look at the stretch of a fabric and adjust accordingly from this.
This was my favourite cowl. I loved the changed stripes in the fabric.
I just wish I had stay stitched along the raw edge of the cowl (as advised on the pattern!) as it is now a little too droopy for common decency when leaning over a desk.
I still love these two.
But I wish I had taken Sewchet’s advice and made them half a size smaller.
It is not all doom and gloom though. I have a few pieces that I love and wear and wear.
So I have decided to start back at my machine with a tried and tested pattern, the True Bias Sutton Blouse.
Now will someone please give me a kick up the arse!
Love, Lucie xx