My crafting head is all over the place at the moment, and I’m not sure where to start. I’m hoping documenting it all will help!
I have a muslin cut and sewn up, without the neck and arm binding, for M6519.
Like Sew Red Love, the armholes require raising, and for me, the shoulders are a little wide. I can’t decide whether to:
- cut a smaller size,
- alter the existing pattern (which would be all guesswork as I have little pattern alteration experience!),
- a combination of 1 and 2,
- or simply to abort pattern.
Looking at the pattern photo again, maybe I’ve chosen the wrong pattern. The version the model is wearing is gapey under the arms and wide on the shoulder. I’m gong to think about it some more. I’m a strong believer in ‘if you don’t know what to do, do nothing’.
I’ve also traced Pattern B from Stylish Dress Book. All the gathering in my Emma Top, and my love of my vintage Simplicity 5547 top, reminded me of this pattern. I’m a hoarder of Japanese Pattern books (only the English versions though!) so it will be good to actually make something rather than just swoon over them!
Now for the indecision… I don’t know whether to cut straight into my lovely piece of Lets Just Talk from Tessuti, or to test it first. I’m leaning towards being daring! Maybe a good first step would be to wash the fabric?
I also brought the Makers’ Journal Truck Stop Top pattern this week and I’m itching to make it up in a navy cotton/spandex/modal remnant from Tessuti. The jersey binding with a rolled edge on the neck and sleeves looks easy (thanks to the tutorial) and gives a great finish.
Styling & Alterations
Yesterday I spent a fun 3.5 hours with a stylist in my wardrobe. I’ve always had a good sense of colour – I’m one of those (annoying) people who has had their ‘colours done’ and shops for fabric with a colour wheel in hand – but putting an outfit together often stresses me.
I feel a little self conscious admitting that I’m having help with this, but I’m seeing it as a good investment (rather than an extravagance). My main problem was I had several lovely pieces, but no idea how to wear them.
It was an enlightening session. The main themes were layering, rolling up my sleeves, undoing a button or two, and getting those legs out! I now have a small pile of clothes that need altering, not hard stuff (mainly raising hems) but very unsexy sewing! The good news is that I only have a small bag of clothes for the op shop, and a dozen or so photos on my phone of fabulous outfits that I would never have thought of myself!
My knitting machine has been serviced. It is now in peak condition and is screaming to be used. When I collected my machine, the lovely Brianna from Jack of Diamonds, gave me a quick refresher while making a fingerless glove. My homework is to make the matching pair.
The yarn was gifted to me (thanks Nikki) and is three strands of single ply wool – two beige and one dove grey. I love the subtle look it gives. I’ll definitely be using this combination again.
So, where to start? I still don’t know, but it’s good to have written it all down. Thanks for reading/listening.