What went wrong with this outfit?
Can you spot what´s wrong with this outfit? (Except for the fact that it is in no way weather appropriate right now up here). No? Let me help you:
So. Most everything that could go wrong, went wrong with this shirt. But – I have not given up. I will learn from my mistakes, and make another version, because I love the idea of this shirt. You see, this shirt has been in my mind for years. The most observant amongst you might recognize the pattern from Zoe´s recent wardrobe clear out. Her Ship Shape blouse has been on my to-do list since I first saw it, and I even tracked down the particular Burda Magazine just for that pattern (BurdaStyle 01-2008 for those who are interested).
Here´s what went wrong:
- Fabric choice. This shirting is just too low quality to actually use for shirts. I bought it on sale to use for a muslin for Anders´shirts. I thought maybe I could reuse it for myself. Not a good idea. It´s completely see-through and not in any way something I would like to wear much.
- Poorly executed FBA. I just took a chance. I added a couple of centimeters here and there. That can work for knits. Not at all so for wovens. Lesson learned.
- Shirt style. Although I still love the bib, I am not too hot on the rest of the pattern. I´d rather have princess seams. It´s much easier to tweak.
These three wrongdoings gave me the following problems in the finished shirt:
- Horrible gaping on the button placket
- Crazy excess fabric here, there and everywhere
- The collar issues. Because I didn´t take the collar into consideration when I did my sloppy FBA.
Still, one thing I don´t understand is why the sleeves are so tight. I must have done something crazy, that´s for sure. I just don´t know what. 🙂
The skirt, poor thing, is just a result of my own miscalculations. I had this nice navy corduroy and thought I´d put it into good use by making a skirt . Really. As if I really needed another navy blue skirt;-). Anyhoo.
I made it using a BurdaStyle pattern from the March issue of 2010, mostly because I had that skirt pattern already traced and ready to go. What I had forgotten was that I´m not particularly fond of a front fly. I am more of a side/back- zip kind of a gal, so when I finished the skirt, it looked unbelievably frumpy.
The frumpiness was all over the place. I took it in both in the side seams and in both front and back darts, I shortened it, and at last I eliminated most of the frumpiness, but still – the side view of the zipper is pretty frumpy. But I will probably be able to save that by adding some hooks and eyes, and maybe take it in a little bit more in the front darts. I have not lost all hope in this one…
The good news though, is that both of these project could easily fit into the Stashbusting Sewalong that was announced by Cation Designs and EmSewCrazy earlier this January. I heard about it through Morgan of Crab & Bee (have you checked out her new blog design? It´s gorgeous! ), and I knew that this sewalong was right up my alley. As of yet I haven´t actually signed up, but I have started sewing with it in mind, so without further ado here is my official sewalong participation announcement:
“I, Sølvi of delfinelise, commit to using mostly pieces of fabric from my stash in 2013. I aim to use 11 pieces for myself and 5 for others the first 6 months, and I will revise how I´ve done every month. Depending on how I do, I will commit to more, or less, for the last 6 months of 2013.”
You like it? I sure do. Here´s what my plans look like:
Selfish Sewing Spring 2013
And here´s a collection of the fabric I´d like to use:
That is a lot of fabric. But I really hope to work through most of it!
For January the challenge is to use scraps and bits and pieces, and I am happy to say that it´s going well! This is what I made this weekend:
Washable make-up pads. One side is quilting cotton. Other side is minky. I use these all the time, and found it was time for a new batch. You can´t have too many! I got the idea for them back in 2009/2010 here.
A much needed scrap bin and new ironing board cover. I used a tutorial for the scrap bin and caddy that was on the very helpful Stashbusting Sewalong HQ Pinterest board for January.
Another pic of the caddy and the brand new pincushion. There are handy pockets in the caddy , and the little red fabric in the pin cushion is felt – a desigated area for my needles!
I also got a brand new iron this weekend, and I love it! It has an eco-mode, it gives out less steam than others without lacking in efficiency , and it´s partly made of recycled materials. Thank you Phillips! All in all I am pretty pleased with last weekend´s sewing efforts.
Are you joining in the Stashbusting Sewalong?