I haven’t been having the greatest of sewing months. After my failed Juniper pants I made a Alma stop (which I do love,) and then tried to make Vogue 8847:
Now, I know better than to trust a drawing. I knew it would be a sack without the belt (there is a modeled photo which shows this.) But I wasn’t expecting exactly how terribly large it would be. I cut the smallest size, but it was enormous. The chest was way too wide, which made the sleeves bind. And I don’t like the way the V-neck is constructed. I ended up throwing it away, which is sad because I loved the fabric, but I was pretty much set against it at that point. It might be cute in a knit, but quite frankly life is too short!
I decided to make myself a simple knit project, in order to get over the disappointment. I chose Butterick 5679, which has the most God awful modeled shot ever:
For real, what is that? I think it’s just an odd design, but the raglan depth on that top is much longer than the one on my shirt. And what’s up with the single useless pocket? I was making the version in gold above. I had a striped wool jersey, and I thought it might be fun to chevron the front and back panels. It took only a few hours to construct, even with all the matching. But in the end I find myself conflicted:
Is this cute in a Dr Seuss kind of way or crazy (in a Dr Seuss way?)
The bottom hemline has to be redone. You can see how it wants to roll, even though I hemmed and serged. I’m considering removing the point and making it all one length. I’m pretty sure I would like that better. The only kind of strange hemline I like is a peplum – I knew I hated the hems that were longer at the sides, but I thought this would be better.
Maybe I just need to wear a different outfit? I wore it Monday to voice juries (basically final exams for music students… I listened and judged singers for six hours). I wore it with skinny black pants and flats, and I did like that better. These jeans are too big to be skinny, and they twist around my legs (I didn’t make them – blame Gap!)
Eh… I think I just need a few days break (not just from sewing… I am super busy this year, with the new job and responsibilities and my usual December concert schedule!) I’m having a hard time picking projects to start. I’m starting to think I’ve got a touch of decision fatigue. After the semester is over (graduation is the 19th, but I’ve already turned in my grades) I might post here and have you all pick one.
So, not a total win. But I think it’s important to post my failures along with my successes. I don’t want to give the impression that I’m perfect, because goodness knows I’m not!
I’m planning a year end roundup post. I’m hoping to post about the actual wearability of the things I’ve worn (some are definitely more than others!)