My original thought with these particular pieces was to make what amounts to a 2 piece “little black dress” within my 9 piece wardrobe. I made both pieces out of a cotton/spandex blend from Girl Charlee (previously mentioned here). I think that goal was generally successful, but one piece definitely outshines the other in my eyes.
I’m a huge fan of how the skirt turned out, and especially happy about how quick and easy it was to pop together. It was kind of amazing how quickly, and what a great fit I got. I mean, really: dat ass. I haven’t said that about myself in quite a few months. It was such a quick and awesome sew that I am already done talking about it. YUP.
The top is a different story: I didn’t realize I had that weird crease right under my boobs while we were taking the pictures, (apparently I told Mr. 5 I didn’t give a shit; I was at the onset of hangry when we started taking photos and it was looking like rain at any second) but that is not my only beef.
I had to read the first few directions of the pattern about half a dozen times over, and even then I kind of doubted what I did was correct. The neckline has you roll down the shoulder and then sew the knotted part around that area. Once it was done, I stared at it for a good 10 minutes trying to decide if I had done it right. I think I did. Ha. In any case, I didn’t redo it.
Looking at the photos again, I wonder if it is sewn correctly. The top of this thing is such a hot mess. Hot mess, I say. The fabric also doesn’t have quite enough drape to make the “knot” lay nicely.
When sewing the back to the front, I encountered more confusion: there is a self facing that turns to the back and then you stitch the shoulder and the facing in one fell swoop. The side WITH the knot matched up perfectly. The other side did not at all; the shoulder portion was much too short, so I ended up using part of what was SUPPOSED to be the facing as part of the front of the shirt. Doing so made that side of the neckline lay funnily. Ugh. I really don’t think this was user error, but I could be wrong.
I blame you, Butterick. Seriously, WTF.
The rest of the top sewed up pretty well…except for the armscye. The pattern called for the almost-always-ill-advised “turn and stitch” and in my folly, I decided to follow suit. My reasoning? This is a 4-way stretch fabric, and maybe this will work better with my coverstitch machine than it has with my sewing machine in the past.
Uh, no. Not so much (as you probably really noticed in the up close photo of the knot, above). Stretched out floppy, ploppy, poo armholes. UGH. This is why I typically flip the “turn and stitch” the bird and sew a binding on instead. It’s like I don’t learn. CURSES! Another lesson on taking shortcuts.
Wardrobe Contest Completion Progress: 8 of 8 (WOOHOO!)
Days left until deadline: 4
…But wait, there’s more! In the process of reworking my whale of a tale dirndl skirt. So, really, this is just 7 out of 8 completed.