1/27/08

I've never given a second thought to plaids, but as I began to take a closer look at RTW I became intimidated about working with plaid fabric. I noticed how the stripes of the plaid matched at closures and seams flawlessly. After a couple of days, I rationalized and comforted myself with the fact that at least the plaids are large and dusted off my fear and took a leap. Initially the Black & White sheer fabric (100% polyester), was intended for New Look 6755, then opted for New Look 6729, because the pattern has just a mere 3 pieces and thinking lining up the plaids would be a cinch. Can I say, what a challenge!!!

The front is ok, but a tad bit snug just under the bust area
(one reason, I was suppose to use stretch fabric for this pattern)


The back is a chevron mess!!!
Also, it was more of a challenge because I decided to use a grey lightweight lining polyester/nylon fabric as the underlay since the fabric was so sheer.

Lastly, I re-pinned the sleeves at least a 1/2 dozen times trying to line it up.
In the end I just walked away from the blouse leaving it unfinished and began working up this cute tunic for my daughter. I'm using Caron 1lb in Taupe and the project is worked in the round switching between cross stitch and single crochet. So for now I will focus on this project while I lick my wounds after battling the plaids....lol.

16 comments:

Adrienne said...

I hate plaids! LOL

Mary Sarah said...

Plaids are a pain. I love plaids, but ... geez! I like the pattern. A solid would be good! The new tunic will be great!

Valerie said...

I love that top you're making for your daughter! She's a very lucky girl to have such a multi-crafter mom!! Good Luck with your adventuring into the plaid world!!

Lesalicious said...

Love your daughter tunic so cute. plaid well haven't really worked with them but, I probably can understand how you would have to set it aside for a bit. But, so far so good. Can't wait to see it when you is done.:)

Andrea said...

You've been a very busy girl!! I haven't posted, but I was reading. Everything is great, and I like what you've been doing. I haven't worked with plaid. Too much work. I like how your daughter's tunic is coming along.

Robin said...

I haven't tried plaids yet, but they seem very difficult to work with. I do have some plaid flannel in my stash so maybe I will make some pjs to practice first.

Love that crochet tunic! That is super cute!

gold said...

I love that tunic!You are doing a great job!

Cas... said...

Don't give up on the plaids! You are doing a good job for a beginner. It will get better. You can look back at this and remember how far you have come. It's a blessing.

I love the tunic. You are a marvel at crocheting for sure! I can't wait to see the finished design!

Lashell said...

Sorry to hear about the fight with the plaid, but don't let it win. Next time make a duplicate piece of the front and back pattern and cut it in one layer. I had to do that for my dress and it came out pretty good. The tunic looks so nice

Cheryl Wray said...

You gals are amazing!!! The idea of sewing anything with plaids (or anything, really!) totally freaks me out!

jae said...

gurl, at the rate u are sewing and crochetting and knitting you must have the ultra comprehensive wardrobe...so convenient. you have a knack.

del said...

Shame on the plaids! Don't they know any better?

The tunic looks great so far!

TaWonia said...

Sheila,
You do great work. Maybe one day I will try that sewing thing. Thanks for visitng my blog also. Eventually, I will learn how to respond to comments. LOL Keep up the good work.

Monique said...

Ok I'm diggin this crochet number Sheila. It's amazing how you just whip up these things!

Knitaholictoo said...

Aaaaawwwh! Sorry the plain was such a PITA! Just know it's the nature of the beast. It's good to walk away sometimes. Your tunic is beautiful!

Judy said...

Love the crocheted top! Your daughter is the luckiest human being walking...