11/28/11

Wordy Redemption

Thanks to all and your suggestions on my Wilona Fiasco.  Saturday evening, I decided to work up Butterick 5680 as a diversion from the Wilona jacket and dove right into using the olive houndstooth knit fabric.



  I cut  View B, as well as the sleeves from View C, sewed up the fronts & back of the wrap jacket..



 and tried it on.....mmmm with a raised eybrow was my first response.  The fabric was too lightweight for the pattern, it clung to my body like saran wrap, so not a good look.  Then came the point of befuddlement on how to attach the facings... there I go again... facing issues.... :\ and immediately my patience became short with the project.  First, the fabric was too light, secondly the facing and then the sleeves was starting to work my nerves... Frock this... in the garbage it went.  

Now, the question was what should I do now... and my eyes squinted over to the Wilona Jacket.  I took L's suggestion and began removing the serger stitches and half way through it, again my patience started short-circuiting and cut the rest of the lining out of the jacket.  After removing the lining, the neckline was wobbly so I put in shoulder darts which helped a little, didn't have any more of the fabric and honestly was too lazy to cut facings from another fabric.  Decided to fold the edges to the inside and started stitching it down and my sewing machine started skipping stitches... Ok... frock this... I can't be bothered... and chucked that into the garbage....

Only to turn around & remove the B5680 wrap from the trash, fiddled with that again, but the end result was the wrong fabric and back into the garbage it went.  By now... my attitude had metamorphed into a fiery beast.

To calm myself and thankfully the evening was still young and with no sewing projects to frock up again, I decided to organize & purge my sewing room.  I'd purchased several sewing notions over the last few weeks and dumped them into a draw until I could find an appropriate spot for them.  Also had a mound mountain of fabric that I'd purchased as well over the last few weeks piled on top of a bin.  Books/magazine taking up too much space on a shelf that looked like it was 10 centimeters along and ready to drop, recently purchased patterns loitering around, 2 bags squashed into a corner its contents long forgotten and a draw that needed to be reused for something else other than housing a bunch of 1/2 yd or less remnants.

I went into overdrive and was able to purge, relocate stuff, find appropriate places for new fabrics & sewing notions and oohed & ahhed over fabric long forgotten.... a few hours later, I felt a lil better and my body renewed, but my mind was totally exhausted and retired for the nite.

Sunday brought a new day and entered my sewing room and smiled at the almost newness of the room.  As I'd mentioned, there were bags that contained forgotten fabric, which I actually thought was holding yarn and after finding new homes for most of it, I came across fabrics that I'd purchased during the Philly PR Shopping Day.

With the need to sew something in the almost newness of my sewing room, I pulled out New Look 6831, which I came across while organizing my patterns and one of the shirting fabrics from the Philly PR Shopping Day. 


 Blouse with neckline and sleeve variations - View D

The fabric is a pinstripe cotton/poly and washed well and air dried on the dryrack quickly.  The fabric worked up like a charm and the pattern was a pleasure to sew up too.




Between cleaning and preparing for the new week, I worked on the blouse, which again was sew easy to work with.

The front and back pieces have darts

Ended up taking deeper darts in the back.



The tie was cut on a diagonal and serged to the neckline






  What I will say is, although I like the pattern, the only dislike was the sleeves despite various options, cap sleeves, 3/4 length & and long blouson sleeves.  Instead 1 retained the cap sleeve of NL6831, and used V8151 sleeves which fit my arms perfectly to trace off for length.  I also made cuffs for a nicer sleeve finish....








The blouse went through another washing to remove the yellow markings and tried on again.... so far so good.





All that remains are the buttonholes & buttons and hope to finish it tonight or sometime this week....

Oooh the feeling of redemption...lol












13 comments:

Aminat said...

What a beautiful blouse you got Sheila, Love the fabric and the cuff detail.

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

sometimes you need those days...

MAD14kt said...

Alrighty Sheila Baby...you bounce back...WELL!!!

Adelaide B said...

That blouse is seriously cute! I don't know how you do it. You take patterns that I would never look at twice, and make great stuff. Glad to see you are back in a good sewing place. I need to find that for myself again.

Irene said...

The blouse looks wonderful! You're smart to just dump things that aren't working.

Faye Lewis said...

That's a great redemption blouse. You do such nice things with New Look Patterns. For me they are a hit sometimes and then a few misses.

MushyWear said...

So glad the blouse is working out. What a relief! I like the tie on the neck too.

Carol said...

While I'm sorry you had some bad experiences, I'm pleased to hear that I'm not the only one who has sewing days like this. At least you ended up with a lovely blouse. I'm having a love affair with tie neck blouse patterns at the moment, but have yet to make one. I love the stripes.

Mary said...

Lovely blouse, especially with those stripes. I am glad you found a way to bounce back...

cici said...

You are just too Fabulous♥

Rosie said...

Don't you just hate those wadders? But you bounced right back my dear and oh so well. The blouse is fantastic!

Clio said...

Wow, that's a great comeback! We all have really bad days in the craft lounge, don't we?

velosewer said...

Tell you what. That's a great write up. The blouse is beautifully made.