Saturday, April 19, 2014

um, I don't think so.

Oh dear, this pattern didn't work for me:



I didn't spend too much time on it, nor was it particularly beloved fabric. After spending the last couple weeks on my new draperies, I decided to sew a knit top today. The pattern is the Issy Knit Top by Style Arc:

The main problem is that draglines across the front that suggest to me that a full bust adjustment is needed. I would just feel way too self-conscious wearing it. The fabric is poly, so I decided to go for the sleeveless version and it would have been really nice for summer under jackets. But, no, no, no! I shan't be wearing this Issy Top!

Do you want to see the draperies I sewed?



I must say, I love them. They still need to be hemmed, but this helps me feel like I've turned a corner in settling into our new place. 

Howie just popped in and asked, "Are you bummed out about the blue top?" and my answer is nope. Without a failure now and then I wouldn't appreciate the successes. I'll just sew something else. As I look at that photo above, I think maybe we should unpack some books. Unpacking seems to be a never ending task!!

Cheers! 
Hope you have a great Easter!

34 comments:

  1. The drapes are beautiful! They really help fill out the room...as for the top...I'm sure you'll work something out for the next go round!

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  2. I think your new place looks beautiful and serene. I hope you make many happy memories there.

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  3. Some styles can only be worn by mannequins. The drapes OTOH are gorgeous right where they are.

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  4. The drapes are very nice - your room is so spacious!

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  5. Love the drapes but feel the same way you do about the top!

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  6. the drapes are gorgeous. I've been thinking about drapes for my living room (again) perhaps you have inspired me to move forward. It is true though that the failures always make me appreciate the success all the more.

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    1. thanks Mardel. I am glad you can contemplate making draperies because it must mean you are having less back pain, I sure hope so!

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  7. Your drapes are fantastic! The color of the top is beautiful. I hope you can make it work for you!

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  8. Beautiful drapes! You did such a great job. The room looks amazing. The top - I don't think that style would work out well for most of us.

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  9. I love your drapes, what a big project sewing wise and a big project impact wise - makes the room look fabulous. Sorry about the top, I know you will get it all worked out and have a fabulous top from this pattern in no time.

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  10. Lovely drapes! Quite the achievement :) As for the top, I think it looks fine (but I do wear my knit clothes tight). I like all the drapes and folds and I think it is flattering on you - shows your curves :) But of course you have to be comfortable…..

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  11. Sorry about the top - but the drapes are fabulous! Your room is so spacious.

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  12. Yes, definitely some fitting issues with that top. Glad it wasn't too much of a bummer. Nice drapes!

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  13. You know, I don't think the top is that bad. The color is really pretty on you. The funkiest part is the armcye wing flaps, but I bet that could be taken up in the shoulder seam? I always feel like a squeezed out toothpaste tube in this type of garment too, they take a lot of fussing sometimes. Throw a little shrug over that & it might be :)

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  14. Beautiful curtains ~ that's Aussie talk for 'drapes!'
    Shame about the top, but I love your attitude about 'I'll just sew another top' - that's the spirit ... J

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  15. Bummer! Such a pretty shade of blue as well. Your curtains look lovely!

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    1. Thanks Amanda. I guess I better look for more of that blue.

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  16. I agree, the curtains (drapes) look fantastic, the top, not quite so sure - a slightly better material may improve things with the next top. My first of anything is usually not my best of anything!

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  17. You have a good attitude about sewing and you can always sit and admire your curtains

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    1. yes, I am good at sitting and admiring :)

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  18. Love your attitude! Your room looks like it is out of a magazine. I love the addition of the print to the room through the drapery. Very nice.

    I'm with you on the top. I think the hem on that pattern is not asymmetrical enough and looks just "uneven" instead of stylish. Good call.

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  19. Try the Maria Denmark Day to Night drape top. She uses clear elastic in the armhole and and back neckline. I just finished drapes, I am so glad they are done so I can get to clothes.

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  20. Shame about the blouse. I've had this happen as well and sometimes I wish I had just bought one ready made, but then I see it as a learning experience and give it to someone or use the fabric again, if possible.
    Drapes lovely.

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  21. Sorry, second comment. I just looked at the blouse again and it's really just the armholes that are the problem. It looks fabulous across the bust. Perhaps you could insert some little darts at the back of the armhole to get a closer fit where it gapes.

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  22. I procrastinated the month that this was the freeby and I glad I did. This would certainly not work for me either. I saw it on someone else who has a small bust and realized that the drape would just add inches to my already large enough bust!
    But, the draperies look great.

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  23. Wonderful drapes and I know it's a lot of wark managing those huge hunks of fabric. I love the neckline on this top but I knew that the wrinkles would settle into my body wrinkles and took a pass on the freebie this month. I actually like most of this one on you and think the shrug suggestion might make it more agreeable to you.

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  24. Sewing failures happen you all of us (when we least expect it) but they certainly make our successes all the sweeter! Wonderful drapes!

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  25. I don't think the top is as bad as all that -- until I saw the technical drawing, I thought this was supposed to be a cowl-necked blouse! The color is good, the ruching at the sides is attractive ... as long as you don't limit yourself to thinking that you have to look like that flat drawing, you could certainly put this into rotation as a wearable muslin.

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  26. Good Golly, Miss Molly...there is so much wrong with this blue muslin! I thought it was supposed to be a cowl neck blouse like Lynn says. I have not seen too many women who have looked good in that particular pattern unless they are very small busted, but then most things do look better on them. The technical drawing with all its wrinkles just makes me wonder...are they all supposed to be there and at a certain age does one throw in more wrinkles in their clothes to distract from the ones on their face? You are too young and too cute to wear such a sloppy top...it would not even pass under a jacket with those armholes. Your drapes are gorgeous and as you say maybe you need some unpacking of books to move along. Better luck next time with a better pattern!

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  27. I thought it was quite flattering - funny how we see ourselves so differently. If you do make this again, you should try a sway back adjustment as the fabric is bunching up in the back.

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  28. Love the draperies! I think the top looks fine... but hey... this isn't about me, right! I've got stuff I've made and never worn, too!

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  29. I made this same top and was dissappointed. The blogosphere seemed to love it, but it was a disaster for me. I'm not alone.

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